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Understanding Root Canals

Root canals can save your tooth and help to relieve serious pain caused by infections, but many people have a misplaced fear of getting a root canal. Understanding more about root canals and why they are important can help you overcome your anxiety about this important dental procedure.

What is a root canal?

Your teeth are made up of multiple parts. In the center of each tooth is dental pulp, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels. If dental pulp becomes infected, a root canal will be performed to remove the infected material and clean the inside of your tooth so that the infection doesn’t spread or cause further damage.

Why is this treatment important?

Root canal treatment is important because it can save your original tooth. If the infection is allowed to spread or cause further damage, you could permanently lose your tooth. While there are replacement options like dental implants and bridges, no replacement will be as strong and natural looking as your original tooth, so whenever possible, you should strive to save the teeth you have and keep them healthy.

 

Often, the infection in the pulp causes severe pain, so a root canal will help to eliminate this dental pain while saving your tooth and protecting it in the future.

What are the signs you need a root canal?

Common signs you need a root canal include:

  • Severe pain in one tooth
  • Pain when you put pressure on a tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Sensitive swollen gums

What should you expect during the procedure?

A root canal procedure involves the following steps:

  • Making an opening in the crown of your tooth so that the center of the tooth can be accessed
  • Removing the infected pulp
  • Cleaning the interior of our tooth and applying medicine to the infected area
  • Filling in the hole in your tooth
  • Covering the top of your tooth with a new crown for added protection

A root canal can relieve you from pain and save your tooth so that you can keep your natural smile for years to come. If you think you may need a root canal, contact Royal Dental right away so the problem can be solved quickly before it gets worse.

Gum Disease and Breast Cancer Risk

Gum Disease & Breast Cancer houston tx | Royal Dental USA
Throughout the years we have learned more and more about the effects our dental health has on our overall health. When our teeth and gums are inflamed, that inflammation can spread to the rest of our body. Chronic inflammation is associated with many serious diseases including heart attack, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

A recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research has discovered that women with periodontal disease were more likely to develop breast cancer.

Inflammation is one of the primary causes of all disease. Whether from smoking, poor diet, exposure to toxins, or in this case, chronic inflammatory gum disease. The study monitored 73,737 women and showed that in women with periodontal disease, the risk of breast cancer was 14 percent higher.

This increased risk is completely preventable. If you have gum disease please make an appointment so we can go over your treatment options. If you suspect you may have gum disease, please come see today us for a free exam. It is important to maintain the health of your gums and teeth…not only so that you have a healthy, beautiful smile, but to help prevent other serious diseases.

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Dental Implants—The Basics

Dental Implants at royal dental usa in houston texas

Ideally, you’d be able to keep all your natural teeth, but sometimes unforeseen circumstances, illness, or other dental problems can leave you with a hole in your smile. When this happens, dental implants can replace missing teeth and restore function. Keep reading to learn more.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial titanium roots that are placed in your jawbone to take the place of a missing tooth. Dental implants are often paired with dental bridges, dentures, or crowns to restore your teeth and give you a more natural looking smile.

dental implants at royal dental usa in houston texasWhen are they used?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth if it is missing or extracted. They can also be used to replace multiple teeth with a series of implants. Some patients also get dental implants to secure and support bridges, dentures.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
When there is a gap in your smile it is harder to talk, eat, and drink. Your mouth is more vulnerable to infection, your other teeth are more likely to become misaligned, and your jawbone can weaken and deteriorate from disuse.

Dental implants restore not just form, but function to your smile. This can improve your appearance, boost your confidence, make it easier to talk and eat, and prevent future oral health problems.

What should you expect?
Getting dental implants requires oral surgery, but it is worth it to improve your smile and make everyday life easier. The process happens in two phases. First, the titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone. This implant will be given time to take hold while your gums and jawbone heal around it. The healing process can take a few months.

After the implant is secure and your gums have healed, it is time for the second phase. During this phase, a crown is attached to the implant to give you a natural looking tooth that can be used to chew.

Dental implants offer a permanent solution if you take good care of your teeth in the future. To learn more about them, schedule an appointment at Royal Dental.

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