Root Canals Explained

Hearing the term “root canal” may make you cringe. However, it is important to understand that a root canal is no more painful than getting a cavity filled. In fact, root canal therapy is likely your only chance at saving your tooth and alleviating your relentless toothache. Patients are most often experiencing significant discomfort when they are told they need a root canal. This occurs because the innermost part of the tooth (tooth pulp) has become infected or inflamed. When the pulp of the tooth is irritated, you may feel shooting pain in the tooth, extreme tooth sensitivity and even jaw pain. A tooth pulp can become infected or inflamed due to the following:

  • Deep Decay
  • Trauma/Fracture
  • Dental Abscess
  • Root Resorption
  • Repeated Dental Procedures

What Happens During a Root Canal?

The procedure itself is nothing to fear. At Magnolia Dentistry, we use the most advanced root canal methods and the latest anesthetic techniques, which can even eliminate the brief discomfort of getting a numbing injection. Patients may also choose to receive sedation dentistry for a more relaxed experience.

The first step is to remove the infection from the center of the tooth.  To do so, an opening is made on the top of the tooth and the entire pulp is removed through the tooth canals. Don’t worry; a tooth doesn’t need its pulp to survive and function. Next, the canals are disinfected with a special cleansing solution and a filling material is used to fill the tooth center to seal its canals. Most patients will then need a dental crown to protect the tooth and restore it to its natural form and function.

At Magnolia Family Dentistry, we have the knowledge, experience and technology to ensure your teeth are restored with excellence. Whether you have suffered a severe trauma to a tooth or you let a cavity progress too far, we are here to help you with compassionate, patient-centered care. If you need a root canal, we will walk you through the process and respect your comfort at every step. Call today to learn more about root canals from Magnolia Family Dentistry!

Wisdom Teeth - More Harm Than Good

When it comes to wisdom teeth, the buzz is often negative.  In fact, wisdom teeth are known for causing more harm than good. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to emerge. The trouble is, they commonly erupt incorrectly. Lack of jaw space is usually to blame for wisdom teeth malfunction. Without proper space, these molars can grow sideways, partially erupt or get completely trapped beneath the gum line. This is referred to as an “impacted wisdom tooth.” According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), nine out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth!

Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed. Why? Because they can cause the following disruptions listed by Colgate.com Oral Care Center:

  • Healthy teeth can be damaged as impacted wisdom teeth push against your neighboring second molars.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth often become decayed or infected because they're hard to reach with your toothbrush.
  • Bacteria around the impacted tooth can lead to gum disease and enter your bloodstream, adversely affecting your heart and other organs of your body.
  • Fluid-filled cysts or tumors occasionally form around the bottom of an impacted wisdom tooth, causing damage to the jawbone, nerves in the area and nearby teeth.

In many cases, your dentists will take a proactive approach to removing your wisdom teeth. These molars don’t provide any significant functional benefit. Therefore, if it looks like you may be susceptible to problems, it will likely be suggested that you have them removed. Wisdom teeth removal is a minor oral surgery that can be done in our office. For easier removal and faster recovery, it is best to remove them earlier rather than later, although they can be successfully removed at any age. Late adolescents or early adulthood is optimal. To have your wisdom teeth evaluated, please schedule an appointment with us today. A painless and quick x-ray can reveal the current status of your wisdom teeth.

Maximize Your Whitening Results

Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to improve your smile appearance. White teeth can make you feel more confident, look younger and even boost your professional career.  However, professional teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. In other words, your teeth can become stained and discolored again over time. Therefore, it is important for patients to understand how to maximize their teeth whitening investment and retain their results for as long as possible. Here are some things to consider: 

Avoid Staining Culprits 

First and foremost, try to avoid the staining agents that caused you to need teeth whitening in the first place. This may include tobacco use, drinking coffee or red wine or other habits. You don’t have to give up your morning coffee altogether. Instead be sure to rinse with water afterwards or better yet, use a straw!

Keep Your Teeth Clean 

Maintaining proper dental hygiene is especially important. This prevents stains caused by plaque buildup. You also need to attend your routine six-month cleanings at your dentist, as these are necessary to remove stubborn stains and keep your teeth polished.

Maintenance Whitening

Most in-office teeth whitening treatments will require periodic touch-ups or maintenance. This can be done at home using custom trays and whitening gel provided by your dentist. Some patients, however, prefer to come in for another in-office session when the need arises.

To learn more about teeth whitening from Magnolia, please give us a call. After your treatment, we can more accurately guide you on how to preserve your dazzling bright smile.