Attending regular hygiene visits, ideally one to two times a year, ensures early detection of cavities, maintenance of previous dental treatment, oral cancer screening and maintaining general oral health.
Your hygienist will complete a throughout exam of your mouth to check for any changes since your last visit, take updated cavity detecting x-rays, remove any build up of plaque and calculus, polish and provide fluoride treatment.
Your oral health is very important. Recent studies have linked gum disease to stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and respiratory disease. This can all be prevented with the help of your hygienist.
For children, it is recommended they have their first checkup once they begin to develop teeth or if you have an concerns prior to tooth development.
A root canal is when the dentist must go in and remove diseased tissue from the inside of your damaged tooth (nerve, blood vessels and any other tissue).
Local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area (sedation options are also available). The tooth is isolated with a rubber dam, which confines the treatment area and protects the mouth from bacteria and chemical agents. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp.
We carefully remove the diseased pulp. The root canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged and shaped. We sterilize the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria. Throughout the root canal procedure, we take x-rays to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed and that the walls inside the canal are smooth.
To complete the process, the root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed. At this point, the tooth is now restored back to chewing function.
It is recommended that once a root canal is preformed, a crown is placed on that tooth to ensure the integrity of the tooth is kept. This is recommended because the tooth is weakened once the internal tissue of a tooth is removed.
What makes a root canal necessary?
The most common factors contributing to a need for root canal treatment are: physical irritation caused by deep decay or a very large filling, severe gum disease, or trauma (such as a physical blow to a tooth or a constant striking of a tooth in the opposite jaw that traumatizes the tooth). Regardless of the initial cause, the tooth pulp becomes irritated and infected. Bacteria grows, which causes pressure and pain (sometimes accompanied by swelling of the face). Sometimes the deterioration of the pulp happens so gradually that little pain is felt. Eventually the bacteria can destroy the pulp. As this happens, the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and abscessed, which may lead to the destruction of the bone surrounding the tooth.
If a root canal treatment is necessary, what is the procedure?
When necessary, an anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Or, you can take advantage of our sleep dentistry procedures. The tooth may be isolated with a rubber dam, which confines the treatment area and protects the mouth from bacteria and chemical agents. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp.
We carefully remove the diseased pulp. The root canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged and shaped (then, depending on your individual case, the root canal and pulp chamber may be permanently filled and sealed).
A temporary filling is placed in the opening of the tooth until the next visit. In some cases, the tooth may be left open in order to allow the infection to drain. We will decide what is right for your case, and do whatever is necessary to assure your comfort.
At the next appointment, we sterilize the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria. Throughout the root canal procedure, we take x-rays to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed and that the walls inside the canal are smooth.
To complete the process, the root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed.
Finally, the tooth is restored to chewing function.
Wisdom teeth (your third molars) are the last teeth to come in and the ones least needed for good oral health. They may not erupt, or emerge from your gums, until late teens or early twenties, if they erupt at all.
Most often, they are impacted, or trapped in the jawbone and gums, usually because there is not enough room for them in your mouth. Wisdom teeth tend do more harm that good which is why they are often.
Whether wisdom teeth cause your mouth harm depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw, and how your wisdom teeth grow in. Sometimes problem wisdom teeth cause symptoms like pain and swelling. Or, you may have no symptoms at all, but the other teeth in your mouth could be at risk for damage. Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist may recommend surgical removal of one or more wisdom teeth, close follow-up of the situation, or another treatment option.
At FDC we like to help our patients enjoy the healthy smile they deserve!
That is why we deal directly with your insurance provider so that you don’t have to pay up front for what your insurance covers. We will only collect the difference of what your insurance does not cover.
Your smile makeover procedure is an investment in yourself. Improved self confidence, a better social life, and overall satisfaction are just a few benefits our patients have achieved from having their smiles enhanced.
All FDC locations offer a third party financing through a company called Dental Card.
With dental card, you can apply for financing, online, on the phone or by mail submission.