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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root canal therapy has an unpleasant reputation. However, in reality, this procedure is no more uncomfortable than a regular dental filling. There myths surrounding this procedure may fuel the fire behind many people’s fear of the dentist, making it important to get the facts on this procedure. Learn more about root canals with help from your Delray Beach, FL dentist at Brilliant Smiles Dental.Root Canal

Root Canal Myths: 
#1 “Root canals are painful.” 

The very first step during a root canal is to numb the area of the mouth which your Delray Beach dentist will work on. By using a local anesthetic, your dentist ensures you will feel no pain during your procedure aside from the minuscule prick of the anesthetic being injected. By removing the decayed or dead tissue from within your tooth, root canals actually stop a toothache in its tracks and allow you to get back to your daily activities pain-free.

#2 “Root canals are time-consuming.” 
Root canal procedures usually last about an hour, with particularly stubborn cases’ procedures lasting up to 90 minutes. While this is longer than a normal dental filling, it is not an all day event. Root canals usually require a dental crown to protect and stabilize the affected tooth. This means that you may have to come back for a second appointment to place the crown. However, the second appointment only lasts on average about 30 minutes, making your total procedure time anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours. In less time than it takes to watch most movies, you can save your tooth, quell your toothache, and protect your tooth for years to come.

#3 “Extraction is easier and less complex than a root canal.” 
While tooth extraction may seem like an easier procedure than a root canal, it comes with a plethora of side effects which can affect your bite, self-esteem, and mouth in general. Missing teeth leave behind a gap, allowing the surrounding teeth to shift into the place your old tooth once was. This affects your bite, making chewing and eating more difficult. Additionally, missing teeth no longer stimulate the jawbone they were once in, causing bone atrophy. Atrophy can lead to sagging facial muscles, causing you to look older.

#4 “Root canals are only necessary when I have a toothache.” 
Seeing your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings twice a year allows them to catch tooth decay early. Sometimes, they find a tooth where the decay has progressed too far to be treated by a dental filling, but not far enough into the tooth’s inner pulp to cause any pain. In this case, a root canal to remove the decayed tissues can take place before any pain from a toothache is felt.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to speak with an associate about scheduling your dental examination today!


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Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


By Brilliant Smiles Dental
May 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  
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Great oral hygiene is built on two principal tasks — daily brushing and flossing. Brushing removes plaque — a thin film of bacteria and food particles — from broad tooth surfaces. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth you can’t reach effectively with brushing. It takes both tasks to get the most disease prevention benefit from your daily cleaning.

Many people, though, have a hard time incorporating the latter of the two into their daily routine. This may be because manual flossing with string seems to require a bit more manual dexterity, although it can be mastered with proper training and practice. Some, though, may not possess the physical ability to adequately floss. It’s also difficult for individuals wearing orthodontic braces or other appliances that cover teeth.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to string floss: oral irrigation. This method removes plaque from between teeth with pulsating water pressurized by either a handheld or countertop device known as an oral irrigator or water flosser, and emitted through a special nozzle directed at the teeth. Studies have shown it to be an effective means for controlling plaque.

As to you switching to a home water flosser, we’ll be happy to discuss if it’s a good option for you. We can also train you on effective techniques for string flossing if you don’t feel you’re doing it properly.

Whichever method you use, it’s important for you to floss daily to keep plaque under control between your teeth. Along with brushing and regular dental visits, it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy and free of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

If you would like more information on flossing, 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 “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”




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