Root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve it! Root canals are necessary when a tooth’s pulp, which includes blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, become inflamed or infected. This results in tooth pain and eventual decay. Instead of removing a badly damaged or infected tooth, a root canal may be an option to save it. This pain free procedure involves removing the damaged tissue, cleaning, sterilizing, filling and sealing the root, in order to save the tooth.
Bacteria growth on the teeth and gums results in an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. Common causes of gum disease include improper or irregular cleaning, smoking or chewing tobacco, and insufficient diet. Symptoms include red coloring, inflammation, tenderness, bleeding during brushing/flossing, gums pulling away from teeth, consistent bad breath, pus, or loose teeth. Early treatment of gum disease is essential to avoid it from getting worse.
A dental extraction refers to the removal of a tooth or teeth from the mouth. Extractions need to be performed for a variety of reasons such as tooth decay, tooth fractures, infections, or insufficient space in the mouth for teeth to fit properly. Extracting a tooth can often prevent infection or damage to other teeth and prevent future pain.
Crooked teeth do not provide the best cosmetic appearance, and they are harder to clean, putting the patient at a greater risk for cavities and gum disease. Orthodontic treatments should ideally begin between the ages of 10 and 14 when the child’s mouth is still growing, thus making it easier to straighten. However, these treatments can be performed at any age.
Fillings are commonly used to treat cavities. They are also used to repair cracked, broken or worn down teeth. This is a very common corrective treatment, and almost everyone will need at least one dental filling within their lifetime.