You’ve probably never heard someone cheer when they find out they need a root canal. Rather, simply hearing your dentist say the phrase “root canal” probably struck fear into your heart.
You may have heard the root canal procedure is painful and serves no purpose. However, this is simply not true. Root canals save an estimated 24 million teeth a year and help keep people healthy across the country. Let’s learn more about what the process of receiving a root canal is like and dispel some of the common myths surrounding them.
The young adult years can be an exciting time filled with some of the most memorable occasions of your life. Graduation. Leaving the nest. Launching a career. And getting your wisdom teeth out.
Wisdom teeth are actually your third and final set of molars and typically appear in your late teens or early 20s.
It’s estimated that 85% of adults have had their wisdom teeth removed. Why is this such a common procedure and is it right for you or your child?
Let’s take a look at situations where wisdom teeth removal may be necessary and what to expect if you have your wisdom teeth removed.
We’ll also include some helpful tips for those of you who still have your wisdom teeth.
There’s no doubt about it, dental injuries can be scary. Whether you chip your tooth after a fall or knock out a molar at football practice, dental injuries usually happen so fast that it can be difficult to immediately know what to do next. No matter the extent of the dental emergency, it’s important to know you must act fast to preserve your smile. When disaster strikes, what should your next steps be to save your teeth?
If you or your child are diagnosed with a bacterial infection, chances are you’ll get a prescription for antibiotics.
And tetracycline is one of the most widely used antibiotics in the world.
From acne to pneumonia to urinary infections, this family of antibiotics has proven effective against some 90% of bacterial infections since its discovery in 1945 by Dr. Benjamin Duggar at the University of Missouri.
But did you know tetracyclines could also affect your teeth? Let’s take a look at how it can cause tooth discoloration, how to reduce the risk, and what to do if you’ve been affected.
You may already know about the importance of having straight teeth for avoiding tooth decay and gum disease and for maintaining a healthy-looking smile.
But have you thought about occlusion?
What’s that, you ask?
Occlusion is a funny-sounding word that refers to your bite, or the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.
You may be happy with the way your teeth look and think you don’t need braces. Or perhaps you’ve just decided it’s okay to live with crooked teeth.
If you have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, you are hardly alone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost half of American adults, and nearly 65 million of those over 30, have some form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, gum disease begins as an inflammation, and can progress to include the risk of tooth loss.
You may already see your dentist for regular checkups, but what if something happens to your teeth in between visits?
A dental emergency involves an injury to the mouth or face that affects your teeth.
So what should you do if you have a dental emergency? Here are 7 tips to keep in mind.
What should you do if you’ve got a toothache? Depending on what’s causing the pain, here are some things to consider:
Have you lost all of your teeth? If so, you’re far from alone.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 40 million Americans have lost all of their natural teeth, including 30% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74.
Replacing your missing teeth is very important for a number of reasons. Not only can tooth loss affect your confidence, appearance and quality of life, but it may also affect your overall health. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that “the consequences of missing teeth include significant nutritional changes” which may increase your risk of obesity and other health conditions.
In considering your tooth replacement options, have you asked your dentist about All-on-4 implants? Let’s take a look at this increasingly popular alternative to dentures.