Posts for: April, 2015

By Brookside Dental Care
April 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  
DoesRootCanalTreatmentLastForever

Perhaps you’ve been told that you need to have root canal treatment in order to save one or more of your teeth. By now, you know that the procedure itself is essentially pain-free, and that it has an excellent chance of success. But you may be wondering — just how long can you expect that “saved” tooth to last?

The short answer is: decades… or even a lifetime. But in just the same way that no two fingerprints are exactly identical, neither are any two teeth with root canals. There are some factors that could result in one tooth having a greater longevity after root canal treatment (RCT) than another — but before we go into them, let’s look at what RCT actually involves.

When infection and inflammation is allowed to get a foothold deep inside a tooth — usually due to uncontrolled decay or trauma — the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that make up the tooth’s pulp begin to die. If left untreated, the infection can spread out of the tooth and into the bone of the jaw. This may lead to further problems, including the development of a painful abscess, and eventual loss of the tooth.

Root canal treatment involves gaining access to the infected pulp tissue through a tiny hole made in the tooth, and then removing it. Next, the space inside the tooth is disinfected and filled with sterile material, and the access hole is closed. Afterward, a crown or “cap” is often needed to protect the tooth and restore it to full function in the mouth.

One factor that can influence how long a treated tooth will last is how soon the tooth is restored following the root canal procedure: The sooner it receives a permanent filling or crown, the longer it is likely to last. Another factor is whether or not the underlying infection has spread into the bone of the jaw: A tooth that has received RCT promptly, before the infection has had a chance to spread, is likely to have greater longevity.

Some of the other factors that may influence the longevity of a tooth after RTC are: the location of the tooth (front teeth are easier to treat and receive less biting force than back teeth); the age of the individual (teeth become more brittle over time); and what other work needs to be done on the tooth (such as the placement of posts, which may in time weaken the tooth’s structure.) In general, however, there’s no dispute that a tooth which has received a quality root canal treatment should last for many years to come — if not an entire lifetime. And to many people, there’s simply no substitute for having your own natural teeth.

If you would like more information about root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?


By Brookside Dental Care
April 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Implant Dentures  

Find out whether implants could solve your tooth loss problem.

Are you currently suffering from complete tooth loss? Worried that you’ll never find the proper dental treatment to help you get back Dental Implantsa healthy smile? Now you don’t have to worry, as implants are now able to restore your entire smile by firmly supporting dentures. Find out more about this procedure and what it entails.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as tooth roots to hold an artificial tooth in place. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants actually become a permanent structure in your mouth, as the bone and tissue surrounding the implant will fuse with the titanium. From there, an abutment is placed over the top of the implant. An abutment is a metal connector that links the implant to the artificial tooth (or dental crown).

What are implant-supported dentures?

For those who are looking to replace all of their teeth but don’t want to deal with slippage and other issues that just wearing dentures alone can cause, then it might be time to consider getting implant dentistry in Stockton, CA. Now we can place a couple of implants into the gums and then attach the full set of dentures to the implant. Now you don’t have to worry about annoying adhesives or dentures moving around or making noise when you eat or talk.

What is the dental implant procedure in Stockton, CA like?

The first step is to open up the gums and place the implants into the jaw. Over the course of a few months, the bone will begin to bond with the metal implants, holding them permanently in place. While this is occurring, your Stockton dentist will fit you with temporary teeth.

The second step is to open up the gums to reveal the implants and then attach an abutment or extender to the top of each one. The extender serves to connect the implant to the dentures. After a few more weeks of healing, we will attach the dentures to the abutments to give you a permanent, new smile.

Are implant-supported dentures right for me?

If you are missing all of your natural teeth and currently frustrated, having trouble adjusting or having problems finding a proper fit when it comes to dentures, then it might be time to talk to your Stockton, CA implant dentist about whether this procedure is right for you.

Interested in truly finding out whether dental implants are the best choice? Then schedule a consultation today with your Stockton, CA dentists at Brookside Dental Center.


FollowinVannaWhitesFootstepsandReplaceThatMissingBackTooth

As the co-host of one of America's most beloved television game shows, Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White is recognized for her beautiful gowns and her dazzling smile. However, during an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, she shared her experiences with cosmetic dentistry. “I had a bridge put in probably 30 years ago where I had a tooth pulled and there was a space,” Vanna said.

Prior to having a permanent tooth pulled, most people are concerned with what can be done to replace it. It's important to follow through and do exactly that. This is especially true with back teeth. Just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean you won't face problems if they are not replaced.

For example, did you know that missing posterior (back) teeth can lead to a wide array or problems with the remaining teeth, muscles, ligaments, joints and jaw bones? This includes:

  • A decrease in chewing efficiency that in turn can impact your diet, nutrition and overall health
  • Excessive erosion or wear of remaining teeth
  • Tipping, migration, rotation and even loss of adjacent remaining teeth
  • Painful jaw problems such as Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

One treatment option is to follow in Vanna's footsteps and consider a fixed bridge. This is an excellent option when dental implants won't work. And through our artistry, we can easily blend them in color and appearance with your surrounding teeth.

When implants are possible, they represent the best option. They are easily maintained and are a durable, long-lasting solution that can increase bite support.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing Back Teeth.” Or if you are already missing a permanent tooth, you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. We will also address any questions you have as well as your treatment options. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”