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Posts for: June, 2019

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Haworth, New Jersey can eliminate your tooth pain

If you feel nagging, aching tooth pain, you may need more than just a simple filling—a root canal may prove necessary. Fortunately, root Root_Canalcanal treatment is easier and quicker than you may think! Here at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ, our dentists eliminate your dental pain with the help of this tooth-saving procedure.

 

More about root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is performed when the innermost layer of your tooth (an area known as the pulp) is either bruised or damaged. Containing a tooth's nerves and blood supply, the pulp can cause acute pain if it has been damaged or been the victim of decay. It can also create fluid build-up and pressure inside of the tooth, an issue that can create immense issues if not taken care of.

You may need a root canal if you start noticing painful symptoms like these:

  • Acute, sharp pain when you bite down or chew
  • Chronic pain that doesn’t get better
  • Increasing pain when you consume hot or cold foods/beverages
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or crown is placed
  • Pain that radiates into other areas of your face, jaws, or head

You may also notice non-painful signs, such as:

  • A tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it
  • A red or white bump on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums

Root canals eliminate pain by removing the diseased, infected pulp from inside your tooth. The tissue is drawn out through a small opening created in the top of your tooth, and a sedative material is placed inside your tooth. The sedative reduces inflammation and eliminates your pain. After your tooth has calmed down, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material. The opening is sealed with a small filling, and you are done!

 

Give us a call!

Don’t suffer with a painful tooth when help is just a phone call away. To find out more about root canal therapy, talk with the experts—call the dentists at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ, today at (201) 384-1611!


By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
June 17, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
DoThisforYourDentalHealthBeforeDuringandAfterCancerTreatment

Although cancer treatment has advanced steadily in recent decades, the most used therapies continue to be radiation and chemotherapy to eradicate cancerous cells. And while they often work, both can cause "collateral damage" in healthy tissues near the targeted cells.

This can create a number of indirect consequences for a patient's health, including in the mouth. The salivary glands, for example, can be damaged by radiation treatments aimed at the head or neck. The effect on these glands can interrupt the normal flow of saliva and cause xerostomia or "dry mouth."

Lack of adequate saliva causes more than an unpleasant, sticky mouth feeling. One of saliva's main functions is to neutralize acid that builds up naturally after eating. Without it, high acid levels can cause enamel and root surface erosion and lead to tooth decay.

Cancer treatment can also contribute to gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). This disease causes stomach acid to bypass the natural tissue barriers of the esophagus and enter the mouth. As with dry mouth, the increased acid level from GERD can be just as devastating to enamel—and the damage will be permanent.

To minimize these effects on your dental health, it's important to take proactive steps before, during and after cancer treatment. If at all possible, have any needed dental work performed before you begin radiation or chemotherapy—it's better to start it with teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

During treatment, try to continue regular dental visits to monitor your oral health and receive any needed preventive or therapeutic treatments. Depending on your condition and the advice of your dentist, you may need to increase your visit frequency during this time. Your dentist can help with boosting your saliva production and strengthening your tooth enamel. But you should also practice daily brushing and flossing, drink plenty of water and seek treatment for any resulting GERD symptoms.

Even with the best efforts, though, your teeth and gums may still incur damage while treating your cancer. Fortunately, there are a wide array of materials and procedures that can effectively restore them to health. So, once your treatments are completed consult with a dentist on your options for improving the health and appearance of your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on caring for your teeth while undergoing intensive medical treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
June 07, 2019
Category: Oral Health
PopStarDemiLovatoPopsOutJayGlazersTooth

Singer and actor Demi Lovato has a new claim to fame: formidable martial artist. When she is not in the recording studio, on stage or in front of the camera, Lovato can often be found keeping in shape at Jay Glazer's Hollywood (California) gym. Glazer, who is best known as a sports journalist, also runs conditioning programs for professional athletes and celebrities based on mixed martial arts. On March 6, Glazer got more than he bargained for when 5'3" Lovato stepped into the ring and knocked out his front tooth.

Glazer reportedly used super glue to put his tooth back together. Not a good idea! While it may not be convenient to drop everything and get to the dental office, it takes an expert to safely treat a damaged tooth. If you glue a broken tooth, you risk having to undergo major work to correct your temporary fix—it's no easy task to "unglue" a tooth, and the chemicals in the glue may damage living tooth tissue as well as the surrounding gum and bone.

Would you know what to do in a dental emergency? Here are some guidelines:

  • If you chip a tooth, save the missing piece if possible. We may be able to reattach it.
  • If your tooth is cracked, rinse your mouth with warm water, but don't wiggle the tooth around or bite down on it. If it's bleeding, hold clean gauze to the area and call our office.
  • If your tooth is knocked loose or is pushed deeper into the socket, don't force the tooth back into position on your own. Immediate attention is very important.
  • If your tooth is knocked out, there's a chance it can be reattached. Pick up the tooth while being careful not to touch the root. Then rinse it off and have either someone place into its socket, or place it against the inside of your cheek or in a glass of milk. Please call the office immediately or go to a hospital.

What's the best thing to do in an emergency? Call us right away, and DON'T super glue your tooth! You can prevent worse problems by letting a professional handle any dental issues. And if you've been living with a chipped, broken or missing tooth, call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation—there are several perfectly safe ways to restore your smile. Meanwhile, if you practice martial arts to keep in shape, think twice before getting into the ring with Demi Lovato!

To learn more, read the Dear Doctor articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Saving New Permanent Teeth After Injury.”