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July 27, 2017
6 months ago

Whenever patients hear the words “root canal” they all do the same thing: cringe. Every time I talk to patients about the procedure I first have to talk them off of a ledge. Each of them has heard a terrible story about someone, someplace, that had the worst experience with their root canal procedure and that they would not wish their worst enemy to need one.

Why is this the case? Well, in some circumstances root canals CAN cause painsunrise-family-dentistry-roseville-002-large. These are the stories that we hear about. If a patient has not been going into the dentist regularly for their checkups, cleanings, and x-rays, bacteria can start to grow and they would not be aware of it. In dentistry there are many things that can start to brew that do not cause pain. This is why your dentist and dental hygienist are tough on you so that if something starts brewing we can catch it before any pain starts and avoid it altogether when possible.

The pain associated with root canal treatment is due to bacteria that has grown so large it started an infection in the tooth, the gums, and the jaw bone that holds the teeth in place. If you have pain you should seek attention from your dentist immediately so that they can do any emergency treatment and prescribe an antibiotic if needed.

How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

There are some indicators that a root canal is needed. Sometimes there is pain and sometimes there is not. Below I will list some signs that a root canal is needed:root-canal-abcessed-tooth

-Pain upon chewing

-Sensitivity to cold or hot temperature changes

-The color of the tooth begins to get darker and look grey

-The gums near a tooth begins to get puffy and swollen

-A pimple develops on the gum tissue near a tooth

-A tooth is cracked in your mouth

Although patients often associate root canal treatment with pain, most patients, when they have a root canal done correctly and are given antibiotics when needed, equate the pain with the same as after a regular dental filling. That is what a root canal essentially is, a filling. The difference between the root canal filling and a regular filling is that the root canal filling goes into the roots of the teeth, which are below the gum line. A traditional filling goes into the crown of the teeth, the part that we see above the gum line.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

What happens after a root canal is performed depends on which tooth had the work done. For front teeth, often only a regular filling is needed. For back teeth, since they bear the brunt of the forces while chewing, a dental crown is neeRoot_Canal_BAded in order to protect the teeth long term. After the permanent filling or crown is done, the tooth will start to eventually feel like one of your own and you will brush and floss it as you do all the others.

Who Performs My Root Canal?

This will also depend on which tooth needs the procedure and the level of training of your general dentist. General dentists can complete some or all root canals, depending on their level of confidence and training in the field of endodontics, which is the term for root canal specialty. There is a specialist, an endodontist, that studies root canals in addition to going to dental school. After a residency program in root canals, the endodontist only does root canals and is very highly trained in the practice.

If you think you need a root canal or want to come in and see us for a free consultation about other dental concerns, call us at 215.568.6222 to schedule one today. Dr. Meier or Dr. Cirka will do a comprehensive examination of your teeth and your gums as well as take cavity detection x-rays of your teeth. You will also receive a complimentary oral cancer screening in the examination. We look forward to meeting you soon!

March 15, 2016
2 years ago

7 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is getting more popular than ever. This article will detail the different types available today and when they are indicated. It is important to know that while the American Dental Association does not classify cosmetic dentistry as a specialty of training, cosmetic dentists spend thousands of hours training in the art and through education and experience become extremely skilled and well regarded. (more…)

June 25, 2015
3 years ago

Teeth grinding Teeth grinding can occur while you sleep, often during stressful times in your life, which means you may not realize just how much you’re damaging your enamel. People may grind their teeth plenty during daylight hours too, and even though the pain of teeth grinding can make you very aware of your problem, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to stop this habit on your own. Finding the source of this act is one way to begin treating it, and new research has discovered one source of bruxism: social anxiety.  (more…)

December 19, 2014
3 years ago

New smile New YearThere are plenty of resolutions being made now for the New Year, and chances are many of them will be abandoned before Valentine’s Day rolls around. Changing the way you look can happen in a variety of ways – weight loss isn’t the only way to reinvent yourself – and nothing makes a bigger impact than the quality of your smile. (more…)

September 27, 2014
3 years ago

Your teeth change as you ageYour mind may be young, but as you age your body inevitably starts to betray you. Unfortunately, your teeth are included in these physical changes. Most of the shifts in oral health happen over time, but some can occur overnight and leave you in pain and wondering what dental solution is best. Here are three ways your teeth might change as you age. (more…)

August 30, 2013
4 years ago

With new improvements in dental technology being made each day, caring for your teeth and gums is easier, less painful, and more convenient than ever before. We have prepared a list of five modern dental advancements that we’re thankful to have. Read on to learn about these fantastic solutions—and share the things you’re grateful for in the comments below!Tension headaches

1. Natural-Colored Fillings, Veneers, and Implants
Advances in ceramics and dental materials have significantly improved the look of fillings, veneers, and implants. Each of these dental restorations can be handled with tooth-colored materials that are matched to the natural color of your teeth. Fillings, veneers, and implants can also be contoured and textured so that they look even more realistic.

Canton-OH-Dentists2. Dental Lasers and Cameras
Though dentists used to rely solely on what they could see from looking into a patient’s mouth, technological advancements give today’s dentists more information to work with. By using cameras and special dental lasers, dentists can diagnose problems more efficiently and provide better treatment.

3. Digital X-Rays
Many dentists use digital x-rays to diagnose patient problems. Digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation patients are exposed to and are better for the environment. They make the processes of storing, transferring, and producing dental x-rays safer for everyone involved. We only use digital x-ray at Dr. Cirka’s office!

4. Invisalignporcelain-veneers

Invisalign treatment is a great solution for anyone who suffers from crooked or poorly-aligned teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible and easier to care for than traditional metal braces. For many patients, Invisalign is a simple, painless, and low-maintenance treatment option. Not to mention, Dr. Cirka is one of the best InvisAlign providers in the city!

5. Better Knowledge
With advances in dental technology and general scientific knowledge, dentists today know much more about oral healthcare than their predecessors did. Modern dentists are also able to better understand the connections between oral health and a patient’s overall health. By understanding this important relationship, dentists can help their patients improve their dental health and reduce their chances of serious health problems in the future.

Call us today at (215) 568-6222 to schedule a cleaning with one of our amazing hygienists.  Patients have come through our office and said that the cleaning they had here was the best of their life.  We also provide an exam with Dr. Cirka and cavity detecting x-rays (which are FREE for new patients) so we can make sure that all of our patients are in the best oral and overall health.  We’ll see you soon!


November 30, 2012
5 years ago

Missing teeth are bothersome for many reasons – their absence alters your appearance, of course, but missing teeth also impact a person’s ability to speak and chew well, and they can affect your oral health and overall well-being. So what’s the best solution? There’s something secure and natural-looking that can fill those empty spaces in your smile: dental implants. (more…)

November 7, 2012
5 years ago

Reaching a point when your body’s aging seems out of your control is tough to accept. While a few extra pounds or wrinkles might be tough to overcome, there’s one thing that’s always in your control: your smile. (more…)

July 10, 2012
6 years ago

Erstwhile character actor Steve Buscemi has become a leading man in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. While his less-than-perfect smile may keep him employed as a 1920s politician and cheat on cable TV, sporting a set of stained, crooked teeth might actually be preventing you from getting ahead in your field. (more…)

June 27, 2012
6 years ago

Of course, missing teeth affect how you look, but they also impact your ability to eat well, speak clearly, maintain proper alignment of your smile, and care for your teeth.

The reason why you’re missing teeth is irrelevant – gum disease, extraction, sporting incident, accident. What is relevant is that your smile can significantly alter your overall health, not to mention your self-confidence, which impacts your daily life. (more…)

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