Getting To The Root Causes Of A Root Canal

Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are performed when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or, trauma. Some patients experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids, and your gums may also feel tender and swollen near the problem area. If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist right away, infection that close to the brain is not a good thing.

The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.

Many patients dread the idea of a root canal, but is the treatment really necessary? In many cases, the answer is ‘yes’.

Saves the natural tooth: It is a common thing for people to consider getting their tooth out in case of decay. However, a root canal treatment prevents that from happening. It only removes the inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleans the root canal, and seals it back with a crown or a filling. By then, the treated tooth can resume its function just like the other teeth.

 

No need for extra expenses: Since a tooth extraction is irreversible, you cannot get back a lost tooth unless you plan to get prosthesis. Removable, or even fixed, prosthesis can be significantly costly, and can even be more expensive than having a root canal treatment. Getting this treatment instead of prosthesis can save you from making more expenses.

 

Restoring teeth function: Because of the discomfort caused by tooth decay, the patient may have difficulty chewing, biting, or do anything with his or her mouth. A treatment to the root canal can restore efficient chewing and biting sensation, as well as bring back the teeth’s natural appearance. It also protects the other normal functioning teeth from wear and tear due to excessive use.

 

Having a decayed tooth can be bothersome and can be a source of hindrance in one’s daily activities. The great news is that root canals are covered by most dental insurances and are an affordable solution to keeping your natural teeth. Remember to visit your dentist twice a year for regular exam and routine cleanings to further prevent a root canal. Keep in mind that even with the best care root canals are sometimes unavoidable, so contact Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700 and book an appointment with us today.

How To Get A Head Start On Proper Oral Hygiene For Children

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to the dentist before their first birthday. But so many don’t see the value of getting a head start on teaching children the importance of taking great care of their teeth.

Although rare, decayed baby teeth may need to be removed prior to permanent teeth coming in.  To avoid such treatment, it is important to clean your child’s teeth and gums regularly. Clean your baby’s gums by wiping them with a clean, moist cloth. When teeth start to come in, decay can occur. Avoid this by lightly brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear.

At Royal Dental, your child’s first dental visit will include checking the teeth for decay and an examination to look for early developmental challenges, an explanation on how to care for your child’s teeth and of course to answer any questions or early concerns you might have.

Assuring early oral care is not just to get the kids comfortable with taking an interest in their teeth, it’s also to prevent cavities.

  • One out of 10 two- year-olds already have one or more cavities
  • By age three, 28% of children have one or more cavities
  • By age five, nearly 50% of children have one or more cavities

For children younger than 3 years old, clean teeth with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice. Do this twice a day or as directed by a dentist or physician. For children 3 to 6 years old, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount.  Continue to monitor your child’s teeth brushing, twice a day.

As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

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Teach children at their level, the importance of regular professional dental visits, and explain to your children that the dentist will help keep their teeth strong and healthy, so they can eat.

How often should I bring my child for a visit to the dentist?

The Royal Dental team recommends bringing your child in a minimum of two times, per year.

“It is very important to get your child to visit a dentist early on in life,” says Dr. Sheryl Stewart, who has more than 25-years of dentistry, and serves pediatric patients at all Royal Dental offices. “This will allow your child to feel more comfortable with regular dental visits as he or she grows older.”

One of the great ways to explain the first dental visit for your child is to tell him or her Royal Dental is going to check their smile and count their teeth. By keeping it simple and by bringing your child in for regular 6-month check-ups, your child will enjoy dental visits and will be able to maintain good oral hygiene for years to come.

 

Schedule a Consultation

Please visit Royal Dental for your next check-up. Royal Dental, where you and your family will always get the Royal Treatment! Call today at (713) 330-7700 to schedule your next appointment!

Royal Dental is a state-of-the-art, dental practice that combines family dentistry with specialty dental care such as: orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, and pediatric dental services with practices located in the Greater Houston Area.

Our Practice Welcomes Patients of all Ages with General and Pediatric Dental Services

Dental Services Houston TXObtaining dental care for the entire family starts with a practice that offers adult care as well as pediatric care. At Royal Dental, our locations offer treatment options for all ages, ensuring everyone in your household can receive quality care in one facility!

What is Pediatric Dental Care?

Pediatric dental services are treatments that are designed just for children, and our professionals provide gentle, compassionate care for these younger patients. We know that visiting the dentist can be an anxious event for little ones, especially for a professional they’ve never met before. We welcome children with open arms and walk them through their treatments so they are not afraid!

Services Provided At Our Practice

We are a full-service dental practice, offering general, cosmetic, and restorative care for everyone. Patients who need a simple cleaning and examination can achieve results in our practice, as well as those who are interested in more complex dental situations such as the placement and restoration of dental implants, orthodontic work, or even full mouth restoration and rehabilitation.

We work with dental laboratories to create some of the highest quality restorations, using materials that are long-lasting and natural-looking. We want our patients to enjoy their treatments with a team of professionals they know and trust with their oral health care and wellness. Whether you are looking for simple dental work or extensive restorative care, we have you covered!

Why Choose Royal Dental?

We have a large number of team members spread across eight practices in the area of Texas, and have decades of combined experience amongst our dentists.Enjoy quality, comprehensive dental care for the entire family under one roof!

At Royal Dental, our professionals are excited to offer patients of all ages the quality services they need to look and feel their best! If you are a child or an adult and are ready to work with a team that ensures general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry for all ages.

Schedule a Consultation

We welcome you to call us at (713) 330-7700 to schedule your initial consultation appointment. We welcome patients in all of our conveniently located offices throughout Texas, including the communities of Sugar Land, Houston, Humble, Pearland, and Baytown.

Teen Health: This Risk Needs to be Tackled!

Oral Preventive Houston, TXOral hygiene is an important practice. Because we know this, we spend a lot of time teaching good principles to young children. During early childhood, children are learning the value of brushing, then the actual practice of brushing independently but with close oversight. By about age 10 or so, parents may assume that their child has everything under control in the oral care department. Teens not only need continual encouragement to take good care of their teeth and gums, but they also need to be aware of specific risks to their mouth and their general wellness.

In a recent report, the Academy of General Dentistry pointed out that the pace of life that is common today is a risk to teens’ oral and general health. Due to a nearly-constant rush, teens are more likely to reach for convenience foods. Soda is a prime example and the very example that was identified by the Academy as a direct risk to tooth and bone health.

The risk presented by soda may seem obvious to a lot of parents. We go back to the habits of early childhood when sugar consumption was often carefully controlled. Parents of teens may try to discourage their kids from drinking soda because they presume the sugar in such beverages can cause cavities. That’s true. Sugar can lead to tooth decay. The way it does, though, is by supporting acid in the mouth. It is the acid produced by oral bacteria (the tiny microorganisms that consume the sugar from soda and other foods) that causes damage. So, let’s look again at the average soda.

If you look at the ingredients in soda, you are likely to see the word “acid.” In particular, phosphoric acid is a common preservative in soft drinks. According to studies, phosphoric acid is a direct inhibitor of calcium. During adolescence, the body needs 1300mg a day of this mineral. The reason why is that bones are doing their most active growing between the ages of 9 and 18. Without sufficient calcium, there is a risk that bones will remain somewhat fragile and susceptible to fracture. This idea is not theory; it is a fact confirmed by research.

It is unlikely that parents can prevent a teenager from drinking soda if that has been the habit. However, parents can encourage their teens to take a daily multivitamin to support optimal bone and tooth health.

We enjoy assisting families from the Houston area by providing friendly dental care. Contact an office near you to schedule checkups and cleanings for your family.

What You Miss When You Miss Dental Appointments

Oral Exam & Cleaning Houston, TXMissing dental appointments is something most people know they shouldn’t do. Most adults can remember being taken to the dentist by a parent or caregiver on a routine basis all throughout childhood. These visits occurred whether they were welcomed or not. Ideally, routine dental care in childhood sets the tone for a lifetime of good habits like brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist. As much as we’d like, it doesn’t always happen like this. Sometimes, dental care falls by the wayside. This is a problem.

It’s Not What You Think

You may expect us to point out the way that your oral health may suffer from lack of professional care. We’re not. You don’t need to be told. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a few years – or a few decades – your mouth may be telling you all you need to know. What we want to discuss here is what you miss out on when you miss dental visits.

When you don’t see the dentist, one of the primary things you miss out on is a sense of well-being as it relates to this aspect of healthcare. There are steps to this loss of confidence, beginning with fear. When one appointment slips by, you may think little of it – until several months have gone by. Then,  you may imagine that you will be lectured for not coming in sooner. Then, you may start to worry about what may turn up during your next exam. Then, you may start to envision high dental costs due to not seeing the dentist for so long. This cycle can repeat for years, stealing first your confidence to see the dentist, and then your smile.

There’s Another Option

If you have not seen the dentist for some time, we invite you to pick up the phone and contact a Royal Dental office near you. We serve areas in and around Houston with a friendly attitude. To take the bite out of dental anxieties big and small, we offer sedation services including nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, and oral conscious sedation. Many patients have found that the use of a mild sedative greatly improves their ability to stay up to date with dental care; and, the more they stay current, the less anxiety they feel when the time to see the dentist approaches.

We would love to support your smile. For scheduling assistance, contact us or call (713) 330-7700.

Careful! Your Toothbrush Could Make You Sick!

Oral Health Royal Dental TXDuring cold and flu season, there are several precautions that people take to stay as healthy as possible. We wash our hands more, and keep hand sanitizer nearby. These are good habits that come highly recommended due to the fact that it is natural for us to touch our face multiple times in a day. Whatever bacteria and other yuck that we may have picked up can be transferred and then, next thing we know, we’re down with the flu.

Here’s the kicker . . . the bacteria that creates that flu is on your toothbrush. It isn’t that your toothbrush caused your sickness. It’s that this daily-use instrument picks up microorganisms from your mouth. When you are sick, you’re spreading germs you really don’t want to pick back up again.

  • Numerous studies have indicated that most toothbrushes are capable of harboring bacteria and viruses.
  • It isn’t just the surface of the toothbrush that you hold that can be contaminated, it’s the bristles themselves.
  • The number of microorganisms picked up by a toothbrush correlates directly with the number of bristles on the brush.
  • Fewer microorganisms are found on toothbrushes with clear, translucent heads. This is because many viruses and bacteria are sensitive to light.

Tips for Avoiding Reinfection from Your Toothbrush

The last thing you want is to kick a cold and get sick again because of your toothbrush. Some ways to keep your brush from picking up harmful microorganisms include:

  • Purchase a transparent toothbrush with a small head (fewer bristles)
  • Consider storing your toothbrush in your bedroom or closet rather than your bathroom, where microorganisms contaminate just about every surface.
  • Clean it or replace it. When we clean our toothbrushes (soak in diluted castile soap), we may only need to replace them a few times a year. When we don’t clean them, and most of us don’t, we may benefit from monthly replacement. Replacement may also be necessary after an illness, even the mild cold.

Your toothbrush is meant to be a beneficial tool for maintaining oral health, not a biohazard. With proper care and replacement, this is possible.

Supplement your daily oral care with semi-annual checkups and cleanings at Royal Dental. Contact an office near you for friendly service.

Is That Toothache for Real?

preventive dental care Houston, TXBeing in the midst of cold and flu season means that we need to take extra precautions with our health. It is also a good time to talk about how a cold or flu may affect your mouth. The connection between that coughing and sneezing and congestion and the mouth isn’t so much related to oral health as it is to overall comfort. Believe it or not, a certain type of cold can cause tooth pain. Knowing this, you can better face this problem should it occur.

Pain from the Unexpected Cavity

Usually, when tooth pain occurs, we worry that a cavity has developed. However, there is another cavity in which pain may originate, the sinus cavity. The maxillary sinus sits in proximity to the roots that branch off the upper, back molars. Roots are highly sensitive because they have nerves and blood vessels coursing through them. These particular roots are only a paper-thickness away from the sinus cavity. Therefore, they may be affected if inflammation occurs in the sinuses.

Where is Pain Coming From?

It may be possible to tell the difference between what we call a sinus toothache and an authentic “oops; there’s a cavity” a toothache. Keep in mind, though, that any question about where tooth pain is coming from should be taken to your dentist. If you are unsure about the origin of pain, contact a Royal Dental office near you.

One way that a sinus toothache may present differently than a cavity is in extensiveness. Often, a cavity will cause localized sensitivity and then pain. A sinus toothache is more likely to affect all teeth on an arch with sensitivity and pain. Also, the pain of a sinus toothache is rather inconsistent. It may feel better if you take medication for congestion, and it may seem worse when you bend over or move your head.

If you experience what you think may be a sinus toothache, pay attention to see if symptoms improve with decongestant medication or with a warm compress. If a toothache does not resolve along with your cold, schedule an office visit for a full exam.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

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This month we’re bringing you simple habits that protect your teeth to promote October as National Dental Hygiene Month! Dental procedures can be fascinating and complicated, but most oral health care comes down to simple daily habits.

These simple habits that protect your teeth and your health should be a part of your daily dental hygiene routine.

Brush Your Teeth After Meals

Brushing your teeth after meals is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to protect your teeth. Are you brushing your teeth correctly?

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush unless your dentist recommends something else.
  • Brush for at least two minutes, moving the brush in small circles.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste

If possible, keep a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss handy at work, in your purse, or in your glove box so you can easily clean your teeth whenever necessary. If for some reason you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, rinse out your mouth with water.

Floss Every Single Day

Flossing is just as important as brushing—if not more important. You should floss at least once a day, gently moving the floss in between each of your teeth. Consider getting floss picks if you need something to make it easier.

Eat A Balanced Diet

The right food can help your teeth stay healthy and strong, while the wrong food can cause serious problems. Fortunately, most of the foods that are good for the rest of your body are good for your teeth.

Drink plenty of water and milk, eat your fruits and veggies, and avoid sugary and sticky foods and beverages. Vitamin D, Calcium, and Vitamin C all help your teeth stay strong, while sugar and acid can harm your teeth and contribute to bacteria growth.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

While there are many things you can do at home to protect your teeth, regular dentist visits are an essential habit if you want to keep your teeth healthy. Your dentist has tools that can clean your teeth much more thoroughly than you can at home. The dentist can also help you diagnose and fix problems before they become worse.

For more help taking care of your teeth, schedule an appointment with Royal Dental.

And the Answer is . . .

orthodontics houston tx | Royal DentalWe can already hear the tinkling of the Jeopardy music as we test your dental IQ!

Is it True?

  1. Braces are better than Invisalign.

False. And True. The thing is, you don’t know until you consult with your experienced dentist. At Royal Dental, we offer both options. Sometimes, when misalignment is severe, and the bite is also involved in the problem, conventional braces are, in fact, the best option. However, Invisalign has come a long way and is often used to correct bite issues, too. When Invisalign can be used, it might just be better because oral hygiene is not disrupted during treatment.

  1. Tooth-colored fillings are a type of cosmetic treatment.

False. Fillings are intended for tooth-restoration, even when we are using tooth-colored material like composite resin. This method of care is superb, mitigating the damage of a cavity while hiding all evidence that any damage ever existed. Not only are tooth-colored fillings completely discreet, but they are also strong and durable for many years.

  1. Sedation means you can sleep through your dental treatment.

False. Several years ago, it was common to refer to sedation dentistry as sleep dentistry. To be honest, the very idea of this made some patients uncomfortable! Sedation dentistry does not put you to sleep. You can breathe on your own, and swallow on your own. You can even speak with our staff as needed during treatment. What sedation does is ease the central nervous system, so anxiety does not develop. So, sit back and relax! You’re in good hands!

  1. Consumption of sports drinks should be limited.

True. This is particularly the case for children whose permanent teeth are still developing. Sports drinks are commonly offered to children as an alternative to sugary soda and juice. What can happen, though, is that, instead of cavities (or as a precursor), children experience widespread erosion. Erosion is the general wearing-away of enamel, just like the ocean wears away the coastal rocks. When this occurs, teeth are more vulnerable not only to decay but to general sensitivity and also to discoloration as dentin shows through the top layer of enamel.

Royal Dental has several offices to serve patients from Houston, Humble, Sugar Land, and other areas. Contact an office near you for friendly family dental care.

Is it Time to Refresh?

cosmetic dentistry houston tx | Royal DentalWith a new year, we often give in to the urge to refresh some things about our life. Maybe you want to eat better or sleep more; take better care of yourself in general. The team at Royal Dental knows how important dental care is to a healthy body and also to optimal confidence in oneself. We suggest that, as you look at the year ahead, you consider whether or not you may need to refresh your attitude toward dentistry.

There are a lot of folks out there, from children to older adults, who are vocal about the fact that they pretty much despise seeing the dentist. We understand that this perspective may stem from a place of fear, rather than a true place of dislike for the person who would care for their oral health. In our offices, we strive to make each visit something to look forward to! With that, we offer a few truths about dentistry that may help you refresh your perception of this aspect of your health care.

Your dentist cares. Really!

It is not uncommon to hear a person who does not like the dentist describe this health care professional as some type of caricature monster; a science-fiction “bad guy” who looks only for the problems inside the mouth. The truth is, there aren’t many dentists out there who aren’t aware of the distaste many of their patients have for checkups, cleanings, and restorative treatments. When you realize this, you can better understand that your dentist wants the best for your smile, your comfort level, and your health.

One bad experience is just that.

If you have ever had an unpleasant dental visit or painful dental problem that required lengthy treatment, you may have developed an overall view that “all dentists are bad.” Often, such an idea originated from a frightening childhood dental experience (one reason why we take our time with all of our patients!). The truth is, you have unique needs and preferences. It’s ok to “shop around” for a dentist that suits you perfectly. When you visit Royal Dental, we encourage you to discuss how we can help you enjoy your time with us.

Royal Dental has offices throughout Houston, Humble, Sugar Land, Pearland, and Baytown. Schedule your visit at (713) 330-7700.

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