Do you suffer from pain in one or more of your teeth? Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues, affecting more than 90 percent of adults at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The dentists Dr. Sima Patel, Dr. Thuan Nguyen and Dr. Rusty Fitton at Lakemoor Dental in Lakemoor, Hainesville and Elk Grove Village, IL, share some information on tooth decay and treatment options, including root canals.
What causes tooth decay?
Your mouth produces a bacteria-laden film called plaque every day. Although plaque can't be seen, it makes your teeth feel rough. Eating foods that contain sugar or that include carbohydrates that can be converted into sugars is a key factor in tooth decay. The bacteria/sugar combination creates acids that attack your tooth enamel and damage the structure of your teeth, causing decay.
When should cavities be treated?
Have you ever ignored a toothache, hoping the pain was a temporary problem? Unfortunately, the longer you wait to treat tooth decay, the more extensive decay becomes. If it isn't stopped, your entire tooth can be destroyed. Treating tooth decay promptly helps protect and preserve your smile.
How is tooth decay treated?
Treatment of tooth decay depends on the extent of the decay. Many cavities can be treated by removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling it with a tooth-colored composite resin filling in our Lakemoor, Hainesville or Elk Grove Village offices. If you have a large cavity, an inlay or onlay may be needed. These porcelain restorations are made in dental laboratories and are molded to fit your tooth. Inlays are used when decay doesn't extend past the cusps, or edges, of the teeth. Onlays must be used when decay reaches one or more cusps of your teeth.
If decay is extensive or a nerve in the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected, you may need a root canal. Root canal therapy is similar to the filling process. Your dentist removes the infected dental pulp. After the pulp is removed, your tooth is cleaned. Tiny files are used to shape the small canals that reach from the top of your teeth to the roots. Adding a flexible rubber-based filling seals the tooth, while a crown adds strength and stability.
Are you concerned about a toothache? Schedule an appointment with Lakemoor Dental by calling (815) 363-8888 for the Lakemoor, IL, office, (847) 986-6300 for the Hainesville office or (847) 744-6240 for the Elk Grove Village office.
There is nothing to fear about root canals. Find out more about this commonly performed dental procedure.
Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may fill you with anxiety, but there is truly nothing to fear. Arm yourself with all the information you need to understand your upcoming procedure so that you can get through it easily and stress-free.
Q. What is a root canal?
A. This endodontic procedure is necessary when the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either infected or damaged. The dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, infection or trauma. Once the damage reaches the pulp, your endodontist will recommend having a root canal.
Q. Do I need a root canal?
A. It can be difficult to know when you might need to come in for a root canal, which is why going in for your six-month checkup can protect your smile and detect issues when they are still easy to fix. Common symptoms that might warrant a root canal include,
Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
Persistent or severe pain, particularly when chewing
Tooth pain that keeps you up at night
An abscess that develops around the affected tooth
Q. What should I expect from my upcoming procedure?
A. Root canals are a common practice. While many people worry that it might be rather time-consuming and invasive, it is no more complicated than getting a cavity filled.
The purpose of the procedure is to remove the affected dental pulp. Your general dentist will drill through the hard outer layers of enamel until we reach the internal part of the tooth. From there, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth if an infection is present. Once treated, we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. Most teeth treated with a root canal will also need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.
Q. Is the procedure painful?
A. Most people worry that a root canal will be painful. Everyone’s heard stories! But keep in mind that many people needing a root canal are dealing with pretty unpleasant and chronic dental pain. The purpose of the procedure isn’t to instill more pain, but to actually eliminate the source of the pain. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.
Contact your Dentist
Still have questions about root canal therapy? Need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then it’s time to call your dentist today. We would be happy to answer all of your dental questions.
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Elk Grove Village, Illinois – Lakemoor Dental Center welcomes orthodontist Dr. Emil to our practice.
Dr. Emil Marogil received his dental degree (DMD) from Boston University in 2002. He then immediately entered the orthodontic residency program at Boston University. He trained under the world renowned orthodontist Dr. Anthony Gianelly. He finished his residency and received his Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in 2004 from Boston University and has been creating beautiful smiles ever since.When Dr. Emil, as his patients call him, is not doing orthodontics, he enjoys spending time with friends and family. Dr. Emil enjoys eating healthy, exercising, and sports cars. His addition to our practice allows us to offer braces to our patients with misaligned teeth.
Straighter teeth improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem, but there are other reasons to want a straighter smile.
Crooked or crowded teeth are harder to keep clean, meaning plaque has an easier time collecting in hard-to-reach spots.
Crowded teeth put your mouth at risk for gum disease. A straighter smile facilitates proper brushing and flossing. With aligned teeth, you can pay careful attention to each tooth, resulting in a cleaner mouth and more sustainable dental health.
Crooked teeth can be caused by a variety of issues. Some of you may have inherited crooked or crowded teeth from your parents and grandparents. Others may be former thumb-suckers whose teeth haven’t properly lined up. You may have experienced an accident that resulted in a lost tooth, or you may have lost a baby tooth prematurely. Whatever the cause of your crooked teeth, orthodontics can help.
You’ll probably know if your teeth are crooked or crowded enough to require orthodontic care. Children see permanent teeth develop between the ages of 6 and 12, and during that time dentists can normally tell whether or not the child will need braces.
Patients with straight teeth may still have an imbalanced bite. Aligned teeth will give you a more harmonious bite. Malocclusion may be inhibiting your natural eating and speaking. A bad bite can wear teeth down unnecessarily, weakening the enamel and making and more susceptible to decay. A misaligned bite may even cause you long-term problems such as TMJ disorders.
Braces can be metal or ceramic, and some braces even attach to the back of your teeth for incognito straightening.
Rubber bands shift teeth further and align your bite. You may need to have one or two teeth removed to create more room in your mouth for perfect alignment. Lakemoor Dental of Elk Grove Village already offers Invisalign teen and Invisalign in Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg area. Dr. Emil’s contribution to Lakemoor Dental will allow our patients to receive straighter smiles with the help of an experienced, friendly arsenal of dentists and orthodontists.
Our cosmetic dentists offer tooth whitening, bonding, dental bridges and porcelain veneers to perfect your winning smile. Contact our Elk Grove Village office to schedule a routine appointment or to meet with Dr. Emil for an orthodontic consultation.
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