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Can Sensitive Teeth Be An Early Sign Of Pregnancy?

Sensitive teeth are particularly painful and distracting.  They make drinking hot chocolate or eating ice cream an excruciating experience.  The main causes of sensitive teeth are enamel damage, nerve exposure, cracks and gum disease.  Pregnant women also suffer from the condition due to the body changes they experience.

Pregnancy causes swollen gums and sore teeth due to the rush of hormones.  Pregnant women are privy to free dental treatment because of these changes. Morning sickness causes exposure to stomach acid which also damages teeth.  If you suddenly experience sore teeth and gums it may indicate hormonal changes common in pregnancy.

The only way to find out if pregnancy is the cause of your sore teeth is to take a pregnancy test.  If it is positive it is a possible reason however a visit to a dentist will confirm if it is the cause.  Pregnancy is a time of excitement and discomfort and sensitive teeth are just another pain like a sore back that requires care.

Sensitive Teeth And Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes a rush of hormones and increases blood flow thus causing swollen gums and sore teeth.  Pregnant women are more susceptible to gum disease and sensitive teeth because they react differently to bacteria.  This increases plaque build-up and potential damage to teeth. Dentists recognise the toll pregnancy takes on your teeth resulting in free dental treatment.

Many treatments are not available during pregnancy due to the negative effects they may have on the baby.  Amalgam fillings and X rays usually take place after the baby is born to avoid damage to the baby. Visits to the dentist generally concentrate on maintaining healthy teeth during the duration of the pregnancy.

Teeth Care During Pregnancy

It is vitally important to increase your oral health routine during pregnancy to prevent damage to your teeth.  Measures include; clean your teeth twice a day, use a small round-headed brush, avoid sugary drinks, snack on non-acidic food, avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol and smoking.

Free dental treatment lasts for the duration of your pregnancy and for one year afterwards.  You must complete an FW8 to obtain a maternity exemption certificate (MatEx). Your doctor or nurse will give you a copy to complete.  It is definitely worth the effort because of the free treatment available.(Source: NHS Choices).

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Some women have a sixth sense and have an inkling they are pregnant before they even miss a period.  Fatigue, bleeding, cramping, nausea, food cravings, headaches, mood swings and raised basal temperature are early signs of pregnancy.  They are also similar to normal menstruation symptoms so you won’t really know until you take a test.

Sensitive teeth, flatulence, nosebleeds, runny nose, prominent veins, constipation, vivid dreams, dizziness and clingy children are subtle signs you may have a baby on board.   You may just be having a bad period and have bad teeth so it is important to check it out. (Source: Kidspot)

If you would like to discuss treatment for sensitive teeth during your pregnancy please click here.

Who Is Invisalign Not Suitable For?

Invisalign is a revolutionary design taking the teeth straightening world by storm.  It challenges the concept of teeth braces looking ugly and unsightly. Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth two business students from Stanford University are the brains behind the design.  The name ‘invisalign’ combines the words invisible and alignment which describes the process perfectly.

Chisti and Wirth put a great deal of research into their project and were able to finally secure an investment after many rejections.  They were able to seal the deal because their investors didn’t realise they were wearing the braces during the presentation. It is amazing that this amazing treatment is the brainchild of non-dentists.  

The medical term for wonky teeth is malocclusions and invisible braces are most suitable for mild to moderate cases. Teens and adults are eligible for Invisalign. A consultation with your dentist will determine if Invisalign is a suitable treatment for your teeth.  If the treatment is suitable for you the results are swift and extremely impressive.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is also known as invisible braces because they are hardly noticeable when you are wearing them.  They are clear plastic retainer type braces that slip perfectly on to your teeth. The shape changes slightly to correspond with the alignment process.  Flexible plastic patented as SmartTrack is used to make the invisible braces. Your dentist takes a series of measurements and impressions which are sent to the headquarters in America.  

Within weeks a pack containing a set of Invisalign braces will arrive at your dentist surgery ready for you to start your treatment.  You wear the braces for up to 22 hours a day can change them between 1 and 2 weeks depending on how quickly it is working. Treatment lasts between twelve to eighteen months with visible improvements.  Remove them only for eating and cleaning your teeth to ensure the success of the treatment.

Sometimes attachments are necessary to give the Invisalign greater leverage on your teeth.  The braces treat top and bottom teeth depending on your dentist recommendation. A retainer helps to maintain the good results after treatment.  Ultimately the process is very simple and regular consultation with your dentist ensures its success.

Who Is Invisalign Not Suitable For?

Everyone has different requirements regarding treatment for straightening their teeth.  The severity of your malocclusions determines the type of straightening procedure you require.  AnimatedTeeth.com discusses issues that may make your case more suitable for different treatment.  Severe malocclusions including; severely rotated teeth, tipped teeth, large gaps between teeth, overcrowding and other dental issues require additional treatment.

Uneven teeth or teeth requiring repair jeopardise the efficiency of the treatment.  Treating unhealthy teeth before treatment starts is necessary otherwise it will not be successful. Not wearing the brace regularly also hinders the effectiveness of the braces. Your dentist is the only person who can inform you if you will benefit from Invisalign.  

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Does Pinhole Surgical Technique Last?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) is a revolutionary new treatment for receding gums.  Our gums recede for a number of reasons including; over-enthusiastic brushing, teeth grinding, genetics, trauma, ageing and not cleaning your teeth properly.  Long in the tooth is a common description for receding gums because it makes your teeth look longer.

Giginitive recession is another name for receding gums and severe cases lead to tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath and exposed tooth roots. Receding gums are uncomfortable and also cause people to be self-conscious about their appearance.  Your dentist will be able to determine if your gums are receding and the severity of the problem.

In minor gum recession, the dentist can prescribe treatments such as; antiseptic gel or mouthwash to treat the underlying cause.  In more severe cases your dentist will refer you to a specialist who is able to surgically treat the condition.

What Is The Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is rapidly replacing the traditional methods of repairing receding gum lines.  For many years soft tissue grafts were sutured to join to existing gum tissue as it healed. This method, although very successful, involves a lot of cutting and sewing and requires healing time.  The Pinhole surgical technique is less invasive, more efficient and requires little recovery time.

Doctor Chao describes the pinhole surgical technique as a ‘suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession’.   Instead of cutting the gums a small incision in the gum allowing the insertion of special tools that loosen the gums. The instruments pull the gums over the part of the tooth where the recession is.  Results are almost instant and require very little healing time. Patients are immediately happy with the results. (Source: Pinholesurgicaltechnique.com).

Your whole mouth can have the pinhole surgical technique in one session while grafting involves a number of visits. Grafting is more painful than the pinhole surgical technique and requires a longer healing time.  In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique sounds too good to be true. Which introduces the question as to whether the results last or just wears off after a few years.

So What’s The Rub – Does PST Last?

The longevity of such a technique is difficult to prove until we assess the results many years after the procedure.  Dr Chao has always suggested that the treatment is permanent as long as patients follow a good dental hygiene routine and look after their mouths.  Evidence on his website in the form of patient testimonials suggests his prediction is correct. Two testimonials involve patients who were treated over nine years ago.

Doctor Chao expects the effects of the treatment to last a lifetime as long as the gums remain healthy and brushing is gentle. Ageing will naturally cause gums to recede a little otherwise the effect is long-lasting.  Initially, Doctor Chao was the only doctor able to carry out the procedure now dentists from all over the world are able to perform the procedure due to extensive training.

Doctor Shira and his team are able to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique as a result of this training.  If you would like to find out more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique please click here.

Can Root Canals Cause Nerve Damage?

 

The mere suggestion of root canals brings most people out into a cold sweat.  Root canals play a major role in keeping our teeth alive and in our mouths.  Treatment is necessary if the pulp inside your teeth becomes infected. Decay and damage cause the infection which may lead to abscesses and feeling generally unwell. Tooth removal is the only option if you don’t have root canal treatment.

Root canals are cavities in the tooth containing pulp, nerves and blood vessels.  They are very good places for infections to grow and multiply. Infections cause abscesses, tiredness, toothache, swelling and feeling ill. Endodontics is another name for root canal treatment.

Root canals have the reputation for being painful dental treatment.  They are just like having a normal filling and don’t leave any lasting damage.  Dentists always do their best to save your teeth so if your dentist is unable to complete the treatment ask for a referral to a specialist in root canals.

What Are Root Canals?

Root canals are a noun and a verb the noun is the root canal itself while the verb affectionately describes the dental procedure.  Your root canal is a cavity in the centre of your tooth containing pulp, blood vessels and nerve endings. Infections occur due to tooth damage or gum disease and make you feel very ill if left untreated. Root canal treatment is very routine and follows a set procedure.

First of all your dentist x rays the tooth to assess the extent of the infection. A local anaesthetic numbs the area to prepare for the tooth canal treatment.  The dentist virtually excavates the tooth taking all of the pulp, blood vessels and tooth nerves away. This makes sure that there is no infection left in the cavity. You don’t feel pain during the procedure because of the local anaesthetic.

The important part of the treatment is filling the empty cavity to prevent further infection. Your dentist will only fill the empty root canals if there is no infection present.  A putty-like substance fills all of the gaps in the tooth. The dentist fills the tooth and covers it with a temporary crown to prevent the tooth from crumbling. You will feel discomfort after the treatment which will go after a few days.

Does It Cause Trigeminal Neuralgia?

The most obvious nerves involving tooth canals are the nerves in the tooth. Removing the nerves in the tooth stops the pain.  Many people worry that the treatment will damage the facial nerves.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition involving pain in the jaw, teeth or gums. Some people worry that root canals are the cause.  A visit to the dentist ascertains if the cause of pain is due to an infection or another reason.  Your dentist will not perform an unnecessary root canal treatment if the cause is not a tooth infection.

Dentists are very thorough and make sure there is no infection left to cause further damage and x rays identify the location of other nerves.

If you would like to find out more about root canals from Simply Teeth Essex please click here.

 

 

 

Can Teeth Whitening Crack Your Teeth?

Teeth whitening makes your smile extra sparkly which is great for those all-important selfies. But does it cause long-lasting damage to your teeth?  Dentists are the only people who are able to whiten teeth legally. They will check your teeth to see if they are suitable for the procedure and will not proceed if your teeth are at risk. Beauticians are no longer able to whiten teeth as they are not medically qualified to do so.

There are three ways to whiten your teeth; over the counter kits, teeth whitening procedure at the dentist or a home kit under the dentist’s supervision.  Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are the active ingredients in all of these methods. Over the counter, kits are less effective because they contain a lower concentration of active ingredient.  Treatments from the dentist contain a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide enabling teeth to go up to eight shades whiter.

Dentists thoroughly examine your mouth to make sure that the teeth whitening treatment will not cause damage to your teeth and mouth. If you have unhealthy teeth and gums the dentist will not whiten your teeth.  Teeth whitening will not crack your teeth but may damage your gums if not supervised by a dentist.

What Causes Teeth Discolouration?

There are two main reasons why stains appear on our teeth; extrinsic which affects the outer layer or intrinsic the inner layer. Drinking coffee, wine, cola and smoking leave staining on the outside of your teeth.  Damage to the dentin due to antibiotics, fluoride or a fall cause the inside of your teeth to go darker and yellowy. Ageing discolours our teeth due to a combination of internal and external staining.

Staining of your teeth is not necessarily a sign of unhealthy teeth unless it is due to internal damage. People just feel younger and healthier if they have a bright white smile. Avoiding food that stains your teeth helps to prevent discolouration.

The Teeth Whitening Procedure

Teeth whitening is a dental procedure even if its classification is Cosmetic Dentistry.  Up until the 31st October, 2012 teeth whitening was subject to laws relating to cosmetic treatments.  Beauticians and anyone with a teeth whitening certificate was able to whiten teeth. After October 2012 only dentists could use or prescribe teeth whitening products with up to 6% hydrogen peroxide. This means that it is illegal for anyone who isn’t a dentist to whiten people’s teeth.

The dentist will examine your teeth to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy enough to have the procedure.  If you have fillings or crowns they will not become lighter with treatment. Bleaching may cause temporary sensitivity to your teeth but will not damage them. Your dentist will not whiten your teeth if you have gum disease or weakness in your teeth.  

The Zoom In-Office System

If you choose to have your teeth whitened in the dentist surgery you will experience the Zoom In-Office System.  First of all, you will wear a protective shield in your mouth to protect your gums. The dentist applies gel containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth and shines the Zoom light onto your mouth.  Oxygen released by the hydrogen peroxide enters the dentin of your teeth bleaching the discolouration. The Zoom lamp increases the effectiveness by 33% which lightens the teeth by up to eight shades.

Teeth Whitening At Home

If you decide to whiten your teeth at home you will have to visit your dentist a number of times to customise your kit.  Your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and will take impressions of your mouth. The impressions help to produce the gel trays which will fit your mouth perfectly to prevent the gel from touching your gums.

All you have to is inject gel containing hydrogen peroxide into the tray daily and wear it for a few hours.  Many people wear them at night but they can wear the trays any time. Results are noticeable between seven and fourteen days.

The teeth whitening procedure will not crack your teeth because your dentist will not continue with treatment if your teeth are unhealthy.

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How Tooth Decay Spreads

Cavities and tooth decay take place because plaque and bacteria have been allowed to accumulate on your teeth. Every time you drink or eat something, tiny particles of both food and drink stay attached to your teeth long after you have finished. These particles particularly if they are sugary may attract bacteria. These bacteria, over time, turn into plaque that contains acid. Plaque has a habit of eating away at your teeth’s enamel and will eventually cause cavities, which if left untreated may lead to the complete destruction of a tooth or teeth necessitating the need for extraction.

Fortunately once one tooth has been lost to tooth decay, the victim is likely to be more vigilant about taking care of his or her teeth. This helps to stop the spread of more bacteria, cavity development and ultimately tooth loss. If no action is taken in the early stages the decay could spread making further tooth loss more likely.

Ways to stop the spread of tooth decay

There are sometimes situations that occur such as when a minute hole in a dental restoration has taken place and bacteria finds its way underneath causing further tooth decay that is difficult to prevent until it’s too late. However, even preventing this is possible if you go to your dentist regularly as he or she will detect the problem and repair the damaged filling in time.

Apart from regular check-ups at your dentist you can help prevent an outbreak of tooth decay by modifying your diet. For example, consuming soft sweet foods are particularly damaging as they don’t encourage the development of saliva in your mouth. You need to change your diet to one that is richer in fibre as this helps to stimulate the production of saliva which is a natural defence against bacteria forming on your teeth.

This means consuming more vegetables, like carrots, cabbage and spinach. Even fruit like apples and pears need chewing and crunching so saliva is produced which helps to rinse out your mouth of damaging bacteria. Whole-grain products such as bread and pasta are decay preventers, too.

Prevent the spread of tooth decay through brushing and flossing

Often, people think a quick brush to freshen the breath is enough to prevent tooth decay. Sadly this isn’t the case. You should spend at least 2 minutes twice a day brushing and flossing your teeth. Toothpaste should be used as it contains many ingredients that help to strengthen your teeth’s enamel, like fluoride but it needs to remain on your teeth for at least 2 minutes to have any real effect.

Flossing is as important as brushing as it helps to remove particles from between your teeth. You should both brush and loss your teeth before going to bed as this will help to keep the bacteria off your teeth while you sleep.

If you think you have a cavity developing you shouldn’t leave it untreated but arrange an appointment at your dentist who will find a solution for you.

When Were Braces Invented?

Many people probably believe that braces are a product of this era as there’s this idea that facial appearance is far more important these days than ever before. It seems that crooked teeth have never been favoured as there is evidence found in mummified remains that braces were used thousands of years ago in a crude form at least. The first braces allegedly were made out of cord derived from the skin of an animal. The cord was attached in much the same way as wire braces today.

French Dentistry

Two dentistry books were written from 1728 to 1757 by Pierre Fauchard and Pierre Bourdet. One of the sections was called ‘The Surgeon Dentist’ and emphasised orthodontics and ways that could be used straighten teeth. A device was referred to as a “bandeu” which resembled a mouth guard and seemingly helped to keep teeth in the right place where they had a useful purpose.

In 1757, the King of France’s dentist, Pierre Bourdet, wrote a book referring to Fauchard’s “bandeu.” Bourdet improved the device in a number of ways and also suggested that by removing the wisdom teeth crowding could be alleviated. This is one of the commonest reasons for adults today having crooked teeth.

The 1900s brought new braces ideas

The 1st modern braces were invented in 1819 by Christophe-Francois Delabarre. Each set of 2 teeth had a wire arrangement placed over them in order to keep, them in the right place. In 1843, Dr. Edward Maynard introduced elastics to the braces apparatus which improved the alignment of the jaw. Not long after, Dr. S.C. Barnum in 1864 invented the dental dam, which was a thin bit of latex that was fitted around the teeth that protected the gums from the effect of the braces This technique is still in use today as it’s vital in orthodontic treatment to fit braces without causing any damage to the gums. A version of the dental dam is in use today.

Braces for the 20th Century

Many changes were made to braces but in the 1970s including the introduction of stainless steel and dental adhesives used in the front of the teeth which made getting braces far less painful and damaging. These developments meant that braces could be used for less time to have a desirable effect.  They were still unsightly and it wasn’t until more invisible products were invented and introduced in 1997 that orthodontists had really tackled the cosmetic issues of straightening teeth by introducing Invisalign.

3D imaging is the ultimate braces breakthrough

When 3D imaging software was used to provide a map of a patient’s mouth, it was possible to create customised aligners that bit by bit would transform the recipient’s smile, in the same way as braces. It omitted the need for manually tightening the wires or having to put up with a mouthful of metal. Invisalign was finally released in 2000 after thorough testing of the technique. It is now far more standard to use Invisalign than any other teeth straightening device.

 

Sealants and the Prevention of Tooth Decay

There is no question about it that brushing and flossing are the two best ways to keep your teeth in good condition and help to prevent tooth decay and cavity formation. But there are nooks and crannies in your teeth that even a brush and floss find it hard to clean, especially in the molars which are the back teeth that are used for chewing and breaking down food before swallowing. They are uneven and rough in places and are a favourite part of your mouth where food remains and damaging bacteria often hide and begin to form damaging and painful cavities.

Sealants are available to help fill the gap that a brush and floss can’t reach

Because of the ongoing problem of tooth decay in molars, sealants have been developed to help prevent this happening. A sealant is a wafer thin, protective coating which is made out of plastic or other types of dental materials. It sticks to the chewing surface of your molars and it has been found that it lowers the risk of tooth decay by almost 80 percent and especially in children.

How sealants work

Bacteria that are notorious for causing the development of cavities thrive on food remains left in the mouth and produces acids that create holes in your teeth. After the sealant’s applied it keeps the food out thus preventing the bacteria and acid from attaching itself to your teeth.

Who is suitable for sealants?

Both adults and children make good candidates for sealants and the sooner they are applied the better. The first molars start to emerge at about 6 years old, while the second develop at about 12 years old.  Sealing molars early helps to prevent cavities forming at an early age.

How the sealants are applied

It’s a pain free process and your dentist will first dry and clean the teeth and then paint on an acidic gel which makes your teeth rough. This is so a strong bond forms between the teeth and the sealant. Your dentist will, after a few seconds, rinse the gel off your teeth and dry your teeth again before the sealant is applied to the grooves in your teeth.

Your dentist will use a specially designed blue light which will harden the sealant. You can expect the sealants to be durable enough to last out several years. Your dentist will notice any deterioration and can re-apply if and when it’s necessary. Sealants can also be used in areas where early decay is present so that further damage to the affected teeth is prevented.  As some sealants are clear, it makes it easy for your dentist to keep a close eye on the treated tooth to ensure the sealant is working.

Sealants are becoming a more effective and common way of tooth decay prevention and are offered by almost all dentists these days. You shouldn’t hesitate to ask your dentist about this treatment option when you go for your twice annual check-up.

When Antibiotics May Need To Be Taken Before Dental Treatment

You may have been told you need to take a course of antibiotics before going ahead with certain types of dental treatment. This could be for such treatment as a root canal or a tooth extraction. This is because bacteria present in the mouth could enter the bloodstream. Any bacteria that find their way in and around the heart could infect one or more heart valves, even the heart’s lining, which could result in an inflammation taking place. When inflammation is present, infective endocarditis (IE) could arise which could potentially be catastrophic leading to serious medical outcomes, including heart valve leakage and heart failure. Treatment with antibiotics should help to stop bacteria release into your bloodstream.

Controlling bacteria in the mouth

The mouth is rife with bacteria which thrive off the remnants of food and drink that enter the mouth. Overall, a healthy body can handle this sort of bacterial invasion that’s constantly present in the mouth. As long as you regularly floss and brush your teeth, much of the bacteria remain relatively harmless.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Sometimes, bacteria that are present in the mouth of a person whose immune system has lost some of its ability to control the effects of bacteria can lead to them entering the bloodstream where an infection could occur. The mouth is far more vulnerable to bacteria entering the bloodstream when dental work is being undertaken on the teeth, so sometimes your dentist may recommend taking antibiotics before any dental treatment commences. This “antibiotic prophylaxis” is basically taken for preventative reasons, not curative.

Who is likely to benefit from the use of antibiotic prophylaxis?

Generally, your dentist may recommend antibiotic prophylaxis if you suffer from a heart problem, such as:

  • the presence of one or more artificial heart valves;
  • a history showing you have suffered from of an infection affecting the heart valves or the lining of the heart which is called infective endocarditis;
  • you have already had a heart transplant and a problem has developed with one of the heart’s valves.

There are several other situations when antibiotic prophylaxis may be recommended, including:

  • a heart condition that has been with you since the day you were born which include cyanotic congenital heart disease, the first 6 months following a heart defect repair using a prosthetic device or material put into place surgically
  • situations where a heart defect has been fixed but there is a residual defect still present at that site or close to a prosthetic device or patch which has been used to undertake the repair.

Dosage of antibiotic prophylaxis

If there is any chance of developing infective endocarditis (IE) during dental treatment the recommended dose of antibiotic prophylaxis is one dose by mouth in a pill or liquid form 1 hour before commencement of the dental treatment and no further doses are required after that.

Talk to your dentist about antibiotic prophylaxis

If you believe you should be taking antibiotic prophylaxis before dental treatment talk to your dentist who will give you the advice you need.

Root Canals Help to Save Your Teeth

One of the reasons for being afraid of going to the dentist, especially if you have a painful toothache, is that you think will get off the dentist’s chair with one less tooth in your mouth. Fortunately, tooth extraction is not favoured any more, as there are other treatments available to restore a painful and badly infected tooth which does not involve tooth loss. The main one is called root canal treatment, which is intended to repair a damaged tooth without removing it.

When a root canal is performed

This procedure is often recommended if the pulp, the soft tissue found inside your tooth which includes blood vessels, becomes infected. This can happen for a number of reasons including:

  • the presence of a deep cavity;
  • a number of repairs performed on the tooth that have disturbed the tissue;
  • damage to the tooth caused by an accident.

If this damage is not treated quickly enough the tissues surrounding the tooth’s root may become infected.  When this takes place, you will typically feel pain and the presence of a swelling. An abscess could form in the tooth and spread to the surrounding bone at the end of the tooth’s root. If an infection has occurred you could end up losing your tooth because the bacteria may damage the bone that’s responsible for keeping your tooth firmly connected to the jaw.

Your dentist will decide if a root canal is the best treatment for you after a thorough examination. The treatment usually takes up to two dental appointments to complete.

Procedure for a root canal

Before commencing treatment, an x-ray will be taken of the affected area so your dentist knows precisely the state of the tooth in the part that can’t be seen.

  • The area will be numbed so you don’t feel any pain.
  • The next step is creating a hole in the top of the affected tooth so the tooth’s nerve can be removed from inside the tooth from what’s called the root canal.
  • The dentist will then clean each of the two root canals.
  • Each of the root canals will be filled with a rubbery-like material which seals against any future infection.
  • A temporary filling will be fitted in place which can later be replaced with a permanent filling and a crown.

After root canal treatment

You will have to attend a follow-up visit once the root canal has been completed. This is when the temporary filling is removed and a permanent one is put in place. Sometimes a post is fitted into the tooth for a crown to be placed which improves the appearance of the tooth. This is a choice you can make after discussing the option with your dentist.

A root canal can be a permanent solution

Even though this is a tooth restoration, it can still last a life time if proper twice daily brushing and flossing takes place and twice yearly visits to your dentist are followed.

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