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Rescue Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy

October 3rd, 2018

TEETH ARE ALIVE, just like every other part of the body. That means they are susceptible to infection. Whenever an infection becomes severe enough, the tainted part has to go or else all the surrounding tissue will be compromised as well and the patient’s life will be at risk! That’s where a root canal comes in.

What Is A Root Canal?

Root canals are a way of getting rid of the infection in a tooth without getting rid of the actual tooth. A root canal won’t save your tooth—by the time you need one, it’s too late for that, but it will allow you to keep it.

A dentist or endodontist will drill into the tooth to reach the infected pulp at its core. Next, the pulp is removed, leaving the tooth hollow. After the space is flushed out, the root is filled with sealer and the crown with cement, and the whole tooth is capped off with an artificial crown. This procedure ensures that no more bacteria can get inside the tooth and minimizes the chances of the tooth breaking.

To get a better understanding of what’s involved in root canal treatment, check out the video below:

         

 

When Do You Need One?

The way teeth become infected is through decay, cavities, or cracks from an injury, which means it’s usually an avoidable problem. If you’re brushing and flossing properly, your teeth are unlikely to reach a level of decay that allows bacteria to reach the living dental pulp inside them. However, some people are genetically more susceptible to tooth decay.

Infection can lead to an abscess at the tooth’s root or death of the pulp. If you have tooth decay extensive enough to require a root canal, you’ll probably be experiencing significant pain in and around the infected tooth. With an abscess, there will also be swelling and inflammation. Tooth pain alone isn’t always a sign of an infection, but it’s always worth checking out to make sure.

Other symptoms of tooth infection include:

  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to pressure (particularly when chewing)
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes under jaw
  • Rush of foul-tasting fluid and pain relief if abscess drains

Before You Get A Root Canal…

It is important to visit the dentist every six months for your routine cleanings and dental exam. Prevention before intervention!  If you are feeling an discomfort or have pain keeping you up at night you should make an appointment immediately.  At WEDental Dr. Worrell preforms root canal therapy. Him and his staff strive to make the experience as comfortable as possible. 

Keep Those Teeth Healthy!

Remember that preventing the problem is always better than needing a solution! Healthy teeth don’t need root canals, so keep brushing twice a day and flossing daily and cut back on sugary drinks so that your teeth will stay healthy!

We love our patients! Thank you for choosing our practice.

The Benefits Of Brushing With a BURST Electric Toothbrush

September 25th, 2018

BRUSHING TWICE A DAY is important to keeping your smile healthy, but what can switching from a manual to an electric toothbrush do for your oral health routine? SO MUCH MORE! At WEDental we strive for giving our patients the best, which is why we have connected with Burst Sonic Toothbrush and have become an ambassador!

Electric Toothbrushes Provide Many Benefits

While a manual toothbrush can get the job done if used properly, an electric toothbrush provides benefits that go beyond simply scrubbing your teeth.

They clean teeth more thoroughly. When we brush by hand, we average about 300 strokes per minute. Electric toothbrushes can average thousands or even tens of thousands of strokes per minute depending on what technology they employ. The BURST SONIC TOOTHBRUSH HAS 33,000 SONICE VIBRATIONS BY MINUTE!

They’re easier for those with dexterity issues. Certain conditions–such as arthritis, limited mobility, or involuntary tremors–can make brushing with a manual toothbrush difficult. The larger handles of electric toothbrushes can be easier to hold, while the powered toothbrush head does all the cleaning for you.

They help ensure you’re brushing properly. Many electric toothbrushes feature built-in timers and pressure sensors. These features help ensure you’re not too brushing too hard and that you brush for a full two minutes. THE BURST BRUSH HAS 3 BRUSHING MODES, whitening, sensitive and massage.

They clean hard to reach spots around braces. Some electric toothbrushes even have special attachments made specifically for cleaning around brackets and orthodontic appliances. The Burst Sonic Toothbrush has super soft, charcoal infused bristles that help reach in between THOSE TOUGH TO REACH BRACKETS.

Why We Recommend An Electric Toothbrush To Our Patients

One of our favorite features of the Burst Sonic Toothbrush is the 2 minute timer and the quadpacer timer, reminding you every 30 seconds with a gentle vibration to move on to another part of your mouth. You also get mailed a replacement brush every 3 months!

Check out the video below to see how the Burst Sonic Toothbrush can clean!

         

 

We Love Brightening Our Patients Smiles!

Electric toothbrushes aren’t just fancy gadgets—they can provide a host of significant benefits for your oral health. If you have questions about how an electric toothbrush can improve your brushing routine, call and make an appointment today! We love helping our patients achieve happy, healthy smiles.

As a thanks for your loyalty, use the promo code KEFEV9 for 40% off on a Burst Sonic Toothbrush and replacement heads! For more information about the toothbrush visit the link below from Forbes Digital Magazine to learn about the innovative new toothbrush.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/emmasandler/2018/01/24/burst-electric-toothbrush-buy-review/#694886b951fd

The ADA Seal Of Acceptance

September 20th, 2018

TRYING TO DECIDE WHICH products to buy for your oral hygiene routine can be a tricky thing! There are so many options available, so how can you know which ones are the best for your teeth and gums? Well, the first thing you can do to narrow things down is check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging.

What Does The ADA Seal Mean?

For busy families, and people on the go, The ADA Seal of acceptance gives you peace of mind that the products you are using on your teeth and gums are protecting your family at home. 

Use The ADA Seal As Your Guide

Using The ADA Seal as a guide when choosing a product, is like shopping with your dentist. Not every product gets the seal, only the ones that pass their tough guidelines. To learn more about how to choose safe and effective dental products watch the video below. 

 

Keep Up Those Oral Health Habits!

As dental professionals, we want only the best for our patients’ dental care, but having tools approved by the ADA is only the first step! Make sure you always remember your good oral health habits: brushing twice daily for two minutes, flossing daily, and cutting down on sugary and acidic foods and drinks!

When in doubt, choose the ADA Seal of Acceptance!

Fighting Back Against Oral Bacteria

July 12th, 2018

A BATTLE IS CONSTANTLY raging inside your mouth for the fate of your teeth. The only one who can turn the tide and make sure your teeth win this battle is you.

The Defenders And The Attackers

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. It’s like the castle walls, protecting the softer dentin and pulp inside each tooth. Unfortunately, it is porous and vulnerable to erosion by acids.

When the enamel loses minerals to acid exposure (a process called demineralization), it weakens the teeth and leaves them more susceptible to decay. However, we can fortify that enamel by getting enough minerals and nutrients, remineralizing our teeth. This is the battle our mouths are fighting every day: demineralization versus remineralization.

The invaders in this battle are bacteria. They feed on sugar and carbs left in our mouths after a meal, and they excrete enamel-eroding acid onto our teeth. Luckily, we have a natural defense against the bacteria, and that’s our saliva. If enamel is like castle walls, then saliva is like the moat. A lot of harmful bacteria falls into this moat and gets washed away instead of being able to attack the castle walls.

To learn more about what harmful bacteria can do, check out this video:

 

Which Side Will You Fight On?

While our enamel and saliva are built-in defenses, there is a lot we can actively do to make sure the good guys are winning the battle in our mouths. When we practice mouth-healthy habits, we’re fighting on the right side, but when we neglect them, we’re fighting on the side of the bacteria.

One thing you can do to fight back against harmful bacteria is cut back on junk food. Sugar-filled treats and drinks and other processed foods supercharge the bacteria that lead to tooth decay, but foods like apples, cheese, eggs, carrots, celery, fish, and dark leafy greens promote remineralization of your enamel. Choose your snacks with your teeth in mind!

You can also prevent demineralization by brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride remineralizes your enamel too, and it also reduces bacteria’s ability to produce acid.

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

You are the most important part of the battle for your teeth, so make sure to do everything you can so that your teeth can win the fight. Your reward will be a healthy smile for life. Keep up the good work brushing, flossing, and eating a mouth-healthy diet, and don’t forget that you can always schedule a dental appointment with our hygienist Liz, to give your teeth’s defenses a boost!

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