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May is Time for Root Canal Awareness

For the past ten years, the beginning of May has marked Root Canal Awareness Week, a time when the American Association of Endodontists comes together with patients, endodontists, and general dentists to raise awareness about the role that endodontists play in dental health and remind the public that a root canal is no longer a procedure to fear. Read more…

How Does a Root Canal Work?

The root canal process is surrounded by significant misunderstandings and misconceptions. In honor of Root Canal Awareness Week this month, it’s a great time to explain exactly how the root canal process works and why it really isn’t something to dread!

The Process

Your root canal process begins with a local anesthesia that thoroughly numbs your mouth and prevents you from feeling any pain. This is great news for many people who expect to experience significant pain during the root canal experience. Once the anesthesia has been applied, a rubber dam is applied to the tooth to keep saliva from infiltrating the area. Read more…

Shopping for the Best Toothbrush

Have you taken a close look at your toothbrush recently? Has it been your trusty companion for a few too many months now? Swapping out your old toothbrush for a newer model is important to do every three months in order to prevent a buildup of bacteria in those frayed bristles. But which toothbrush is right for you? The oral care section at any drug store offers an impressive variety of brushes, so it can be tough to cut through the advertising and select the best brush for your pearly whites. These guidelines will help you make the right decision. Read more…

The Surprising and Painful Effects of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding doesn’t just make an unpleasant sound; the mashing, clenching, and gnashing actions that occur during teeth grinding can cause extensive damage to the teeth and lead to many uncomfortable side effects. Most people don’t realize that teeth grinding can have such far-reaching impacts on the body, but fortunately a bit of preventative care can resolve most problems!

Recognize the Signs of Bruxism

Teeth grinding is officially known as bruxism, and it is most commonly identified by the signature teeth grinding and clenching motions that scrape the teeth together in an unpleasant way. It directly impacts the teeth by leading to flattened and fractured teeth, worn enamel, and increased tooth sensitivity over time. Read more…

The Unknown Benefits of a Root Canal

The root canal has gained a fairly negative connotation with most people, but the treatment deserves a much better reputation than it has. The truth is, a root canal is a vital component of modern dentistry to help save teeth that would otherwise be destined for extraction. A root canal procedure offers more benefits than you might realize, and believe it or not, it doesn’t actually hurt!

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is often necessary when a tooth becomes deeply infected and inflamed due to dental decay. Since the injured tissue cannot heal like normal tissue, the level of pain caused by such infection and inflammation is often excruciating. A root canal prevents further damage by removing the infected nerve and pulp out of the center of the tooth. Once that soft tissue is removed, a dentist cleans the space, fills it with a material called gutta percha, and seals the top so no other bacteria can enter. Read more…

Happy Holidays from Citrus Endodontics!

citrusAs you can see, we’re all ready for the holidays. We hope you are, too. Everyone here at Citrus Endodontics wishes you and yours a warm and joyous holiday season and an amazing New Year!

Lessons Learned from Pulpotomy Infection Outbreak in California

root-canal3It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: Your child receives medical treatment to become healthier, and ultimately becomes severely ill or injured. This is exactly what happened to nearly 60 children who underwent baby tooth root canals, known as pulpotomies, at Children’s Dental Group in California.

About a Pulpotomy

Though it is most common to see advanced tooth problems in adults, children are at risk of infections as well. A pulpotomy is a procedure that counteracts infection in the pulp tissue of a permanent tooth in order to save the tooth and prevent a dental abscess. Unlike a standard adult root canal treatment that irrigates all pulp out of the root canal cavity and replaces it with gutta-percha, a pulpotomy is meant to only remove the decay so that the tooth can be restored to health. Read more…

Three Common Root Canal Questions

cracked toothIf you listen carefully, you will notice that root canals are often mentioned in analogies to make some type of statement or comparison. A family magazine recently stated that the words “Parenting” and “Perfect” go together about as well as “Root Canal” and “Sexy.” Esteemed actor Tom Hanks even compared the 2016 election season itself to a root canal: “It’s like if you have a horrible, painful tooth, and you need a root canal. Who are you going to see? A guy who says, ‘Oh, I think I can figure that out, lay down.’ Or are you going to see somebody who’s done 6,000 of them?”

According to these cultural references, a root canal sounds like an ugly, undesirable thing, but that’s an unfair portrayal of a truly critical oral health procedure. Here are three of the most common questions asked about root canals to help you understand the true nature of the treatment. Read more…

Common Questions that General Practitioners Want to Ask about Root Canals

tooth decayThe root canal procedure is a critically important one in the world of oral health, which is why many general practitioners refer their patients needing root canals to specialized endodontists. Dentistry continues to evolve, and the root canal is a very different procedure now than it was 50 years ago, so the following are questions that GPs may want to ask.

What Medications Do You Prescribe After a Root Canal?

Amoxicillin is always the first antibiotic of choice because it’s broad spectrum can fight bacteria that tries to invade the root canal as well as polymicrobial infections. If amoxicillin is still ineffective after two to three days, the addition of metronidazole is clinically proven to guarantee 99 percent efficacy. Some patients do have an allergy to amoxicillin, in which case clindamycin makes an effective alternative. Read more…

Safety Factors to Consider after Your Root Canal

Dr D with Scope 3532Nobody hopes to have a root canal, but we are lucky enough to live in an age where root canals are relatively quick and surprisingly painless. According to the American Association of Endodontists, “Advancements in medicine, techniques and technologies have made endodontic treatment a more predictable, successful treatment than ever before. Today, digital imaging, rubber dams, rotary instruments, powerful disinfectants and medicated filling materials help ensure successful root canal treatment.”

While the root canal treatment itself is in the hands of your endodontist, your recovery process is largely determined by your willingness to be cautious and attentive to your saved tooth.

Post-Treatment Care

In the days following your root canal treatment, your mouth will be undergoing a natural healing process that may cause you to feel some tenderness around the treated tooth and in your jaw. These symptoms are common and temporary. Be sure to follow your endodontist instructions regarding pain relief. As the days go by, you’ll notice that your tooth with the root canal may feel a bit different from your other teeth. It’s all normal unless you are suffering from severe pain and pressure, in which case you need to contact your dentist. Read more…

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