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Root canal treatment: Everything you need to know

The phrase ‘root canal’ brings fear to many individuals, but this is often simply because they do not completely understand what is involved in the treatment process. Our dental team at Edinburg Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing high quality and safe care through the use of procedures such as root canals. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know regarding root canal treatments.

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is actually a part of the tooth. It is located inside each tooth and holds the pulp, nerves, and other tissues. When the pulp becomes infected, a root canal treatment is needed. This can be caused by bacteria seeping through and infecting the protected area.

What is involved in a root canal treatment?

The first step is creating a hole in order to properly clean out the pulp. This involves removing everything inside the tooth and disinfecting it thoroughly so as to avoid future infection. Next, your dentist will fill the canal so as to seal it properly. Finally, they will place a restoration on top of the tooth. This step will help to strengthen the now weakened tooth. The majority of our patients’ first question is always, “How painful is it?”. The pain caused by the actual infection is the greatest. During the procedure, your dentist will supply you with an anesthetic in order to avoid discomfort. You may feel uncomfortable after the procedure, but ask your dentist about effective methods in combating this momentary pain.

Contact our dental office for more information on payment methods and plans available. We are eager to provide you with exceptional care to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Call us today to schedule your next dental exam!

Edinburg Family Dentistry: How Often Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Our dental team provides a wide range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services. We commonly offer professional teeth whitening services to improve the appearance of teeth. However, it is important to be aware of how often you should whiten your smile in order to protect your delicate teeth. How often should I whiten my teeth? Read on to find out!

Consult with your dentist if you experience sensitivity, tooth transparency, or irritated gums after your teeth whitening treatment. These are signs to take a break from treatments. There are three common whitening treatments:

  • In-office professional whitening. This option has been shown to provide longer lasting results, but will most likely cost the most. Different methods may require different times between treatments, but last for a year or two on average.
  • At home teeth whitening kits. At home kits often require more treatments due to having lower concentrations of the ingredients. They also involve specific instructions regarding usage time and should not be used again for six months after a treatment.
  • At home kits from your dentist. These kits should only be used once a year and are stronger than over-the-counter whitening kits.

How To Prolong The Life Of Your Teeth Whitening

There are practical steps you can take to ensure your investment of a freshly whitened smile lasts. Maintaining good oral hygiene will keep teeth free of debris that leads to plaque buildup. Quitting the habit of smoking will also help to prevent teeth from getting discolored. Regular dental cleanings and exams will allow our dentists to polish the teeth and eliminate tartar. Finally, avoiding stain-causing foods and drinks such as teas, berries, coffee, and wine will help to avoid immediate tooth discoloration.

Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard at Night

Millions of Americans alone are affected by bruxism, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders that affect their daily lives. Our dental team offers several different customized treatment plans for individuals suffering from different sleep disorders. Continue reading to learn more about these disorders and how a custom mouthguard can ease your suffering.

What Is Sleep Bruxism?

Sleep bruxism causes an individual to grind or clench their teeth while they are sleeping. Sleep bruxism symptoms include tooth pain or sensitivity, loose, chipped, or worn-down teeth, pain in the neck, jaw, and face, headaches, and earaches. Individuals with sleep bruxism may also have a difficulty opening and closing their jaw as well as fatigue and tight muscles. An increased risk of damage to teeth is a major concern for these individuals. Studies have shown that children are more susceptible to sleep bruxism than adults. Different things can cause this to occur in children including problems with the jaw alignment, pain from teething, stress, or other medical conditions. Fortunately, most children can grow out of it.

Custom Oral Mouthguard Solution

Our dental team can create custom oral mouthguards that are fitted to each individual patient. This appliance helps to prevent the teeth from damaging each other while they grind or clench. We can create an impression of your teeth and send the results into a lab where they can custom a mouthguard for each patient. Some individuals may opt for an oral appliance. This device helps to leave the airway open while they are sleeping. Contact your dentist to see which treatment with a mouthguard or oral appliance is right for you. We are eager to ease your suffering!