Posts for: February, 2017
So, you've undergone a root canal treatment to save a decayed tooth. The tooth has a new lease on life — and the pain is gone too. But there's a reality you need to keep in mind — your tooth could become re-infected, putting you back in the same painful circumstance.
Root canal treatments are often necessary when decay works its way deep within a tooth, into the pulp. The excruciating pain a person feels is the infection attacking the bundle of nerves within the pulp tissue. If the infection isn't addressed promptly, it will continue to work its way to the root, eventually damaging the tooth beyond repair.
During a root canal treatment, we drill into the tooth to access the pulp chamber. After clearing it completely of its infected tissue, we then fill the chamber and root canals with a special filling and then seal off the access. A short time later we'll bond a crown over the tooth to protect it and to make it more attractive.
Most of the time, this preserves the tooth for many years. Occasionally, though, re-infection can occur. There are a number of reasons why: the first infection may have been more extensive than thought; the root canal network was more complex and some tinier canals weren't able to be identified; or the protective crown may once again get tooth decay contaminating the root canal.
If infection does reoccur it doesn't mean the tooth is lost. It's possible a second root canal treatment can successfully correct any problems, especially those that may not have been detected the first time. More complex cases might also require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. They're skilled in advanced techniques and have specialized equipment to handle even the most complicated root canal networks.
In the meantime, if you notice signs of re-infection like pain or swelling around a treated tooth, contact us promptly for an appointment. You should also contact us if the tooth is injured in an accident. The sooner we can treat your tooth, the more likely the second time will be more successful.
If you would like more information on preserving a tooth through root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: How long will it Last?”
A beautiful smile and teeth have a great shade, alignment, spacing and shape. For many patients, they can use improvements in many of these things. Thanks to the help of Porcelain veneers that can be achieved. Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, can examine your teeth and determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin layers of strong porcelain that substitutes for tooth enamel. When these veneers are bonded to the teeth, they create a beautiful, new and natural-looking surface. The added perk is that these veneers do not stain like normal teeth, so if you love coffee or tea, you’re in luck. Ultimately, veneers can be made so thin that they are undetectable in the mouth. Your Novi dentist can create veneers that improve your smile just the way you want it to.
When you’re having a consultation regarding veneers, it’s important to communicate your expectations with the process. A model is taken off your teeth and wax veneers are placed in your mouth so you can see exactly what your new smile will look like. Once you agree with the treatment, your teeth are prepared by a dental laboratory. A temporary set of veneers are given to you to wear during the time your set of veneers are made. After they have arrived at your dentist’s office, your teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of your existing tooth enamel to create a viable surface to apply them to.
Teeth are restored with porcelain veneers in miraculous ways. With the help of Dr. Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, your dream smile can be achieved. To schedule an appointment today, call (248) 347-0030.