Have you ever wondered how you'll be able to tell if you ever need a root canal? Although your dentist will provide a definitive diagnosis, there are a few signs you may notice. Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall of Progressive dental perform root canals and provide other dental treatments that help you protect your smile.
What is a root canal?
Root canals replace infected or inflamed tooth pulp with flexible rubber fillings. The process is very similar to the steps used to fill teeth damaged by tooth decay. After your Ann Arbor dentist opens your tooth, he or she will remove the pulp, then clean the center of the tooth thoroughly. Tiny files will also be used to shape the small canals that extend into your roots. After adding a little antibiotic paste to the tooth, a temporary filling will be added to allow time for drainage. If your dentist is satisfied with the condition of your tooth, the permanent filling will be added during your next appointment in a week or two. In most cases, you'll also need a crown to help strengthen the tooth.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
Many people experience a toothache if they have an inflammation or infection in their pulp. Pain may be severe, but that's not always the case. You may only notice mild pain that comes and goes initially. If you don't pay a visit to the dentist at this point, the pain may intensify and become more constant. You may also notice that chewing with the tooth sends jolts of pain through your mouth.
Has a tooth suddenly become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? A pulp inflammation or infection may be to blame. Pain can intensify and remain heightened for as long as 30 minutes after you eat or drink.
Your tooth may not only hurt but might also look a little different. If your tooth looks darker than surrounding teeth, you may have a problem inside the pulp. Gum changes may also accompany inflammations or infections. You may notice that your gums hurt, look red and feel swollen.
It's particularly important to call the dentist immediately if you notice signs of a bacterial infection called a dental abscess. Common signs and symptoms include facial swelling, a pimple-like bump on the gum, fever, swollen lymph nodes, or pus around the tooth.
Keep your smile healthy with root canal therapy? If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, call Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall of Progressive Dental at (734) 930-4022 to schedule an appointment.
Discover all the unique benefits you could enjoy with dental implants in Ann Arbor.
When people think about tooth loss they often think that this is an issue that affects only older individuals, but we are here to tell you that’s far from the truth. People of all ages can face tooth loss due to injury, decay, infection, or gum disease. If you are currently missing one or more permanent teeth, our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Dr. Meridith Hall and Dr. Bart Hall, have just the solution for treating this problem.
Implants offer unique advantages over other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures. Here are just some of the wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy with dental implants:
The Closest You Get to Real Teeth
When you get a dental implant, the implant itself is actually designed to function just like tooth roots. This means, that when the implant is placed into the jawbone it naturally fuses together with the bone and tissue over time until it becomes a permanent structure within the jawbone. This means that the implant will function and look just like a real tooth, will remain firmly in place (and won’t move around like dentures do), and can last several decades.
They Are Easy to Care For
Denture wearers will tell you how annoying it can be to have to remove their teeth every night and to make sure that they are cleaned properly. With dental implants, you only have to treat your restoration like the rest of your natural teeth. If you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and keeping up with those six-month dental cleanings, there is no reason your implant shouldn’t last you a lifetime.
Find Renewed Confidence
Having a full smile again can quickly and easily bolster your self-esteem and make you feel confident in the way you look. Plus, tooth loss of any severity (whether you lost one or multiple teeth) can have a profound impact on simple things you might have taken for granted like chewing foods or speaking. Tooth loss can make eating certain foods nearly impossible and it can also cause embarrassing speech impediments. Luckily, by placing a dental implant you will find that chewing has been fully restored and that the speech impediment is gone.
Prevent Jawbone Loss
A lot of people don’t know that if you leave tooth loss untreated this can also impact the health of your jawbone. Without ample stimulation from all of your tooth roots, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate. The only way to prevent bone loss is to place an implant into the jawbone where it will provide the same stimulation that natural tooth roots do so the jawbone can continue to produce healthy new bone cells.
Don’t let tooth loss impact your appearance and your confidence. Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, can help get your smile back with dental implants. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.
Veneers offer the perfect solution for many cosmetic dental issues. Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Dr. Meridith Hall and Dr. Bart Hall of Progressive Dental explain how your smile can benefit from veneers.
A thin layer of porcelain offers a dramatic transformation
Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells molded to fit the front surfaces of your teeth. They effectively conceal many types of imperfections that mar your tooth enamel but are so thin that they never feel heavy or uncomfortable. Many of the same cosmetic issues that can be improved with veneers can also be treated with crowns. Because crowns encase your entire tooth, healthy tooth structure from all four sides of the tooth must be removed to ensure that the restorations fit. Unlike crowns, veneers only require the removal of a very small amount of enamel.
Veneers are ideal for many cosmetic issues
Many flaws that affect the front of your teeth can be concealed with veneers. The translucent restorations are available in many shades of white, making them a good choice if you want to hide a single discolored tooth or whiten all of your teeth. Veneers are a popular alternative to teeth whitening treatment because they're very resistant to stains that dull teeth.
Do cracks, chips, bumps, pits or other flaws make you feel self-conscious about your smile? Veneers hide these common imperfections and instantly transform your smile. They're also an excellent option if you don't like the way a particular tooth looks or want to lengthen a tooth slightly. Veneers improve the appearance of a straight or twisted tooth and make any oddly shaped tooth look more uniform.
Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile if spacing issues cause gaps between teeth, but braces may not be necessary if you only have slight spaces between teeth. Thanks to the addition of veneers, those gaps between your teeth will disappear the instant your restorations are cemented to your teeth in our Ann Arbor office.
Veneer care is easy
You won't have to buy any special products or carry out a complicated oral hygiene routine if you have veneers. In fact, you'll just brush your teeth with non-abrasive toothpaste and floss as usual. Although veneers are designed to handle normal wear and tear, they can break if you eat very hard foods, gnaw on ice or use your teeth to open bottles or packages.
Makeover your smile with veneers! Call Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall of Progressive Dental at (734) 930-4022 to schedule your appointment.
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Ann Arbor, MI dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Ann Arbor, MI Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Ann Arbor, MI dentist to schedule an appointment.
Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.
In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.
Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.
What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.
A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”
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