Root canals are necessary when the inner-most layer of your tooth (pulp) becomes diseased or inflamed. Teeth may need root canals due to deep cavities, numerous fillings, cracks, or trauma. A root canal is the process of removing the diseased pulp from the tooth to help it function normally again. After the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned out thoroughly and sealed off.
Most of the time, root canals are a very simple, straightforward procedure with little to no discomfort that can be done in one or two visits. If you continue to take good care of your teeth and gums, teeth with root canals can last a lifetime. It is especially important to have regular checkups and cleanings after a root canal, as a tooth without the nerve can still develop a cavity and gum disease.
Dr. Sarver performs root canals in most situations, though a referral to an endodontist (root canal specialist) will be necessary for more complex cases.
Periodontal Disease – Prevention and Maintenance
Periodontal disease (periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss and can be caused by genetics, poor oral hygiene and tobacco use. When bacteria start to collect in your mouth, a sticky, colorless substance known as “plaque” develops. If not removed during brushing and flossing, the plaque particles can harden and turn into tartar. Accumulated plaque and tartar may lead to gingivitis, an early form of periodontal disease. When not treated early, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. Routine professional cleanings and proper at-home oral care can prevent gingivitis from developing.
Once reaching an advanced stage, periodontitis cannot be completely reversed. With proper at-home care combined with regular in-office maintenance, we can prevent the disease from progressing and leading to tooth loss. A common solution for controlling periodontal disease is a deep dental cleaning, also referred to as “scaling and root planing”. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surfaces, and root planing is smoothing the root surfaces.
Periodontal maintenance cleaning are recommended every three months and can be performed by our experienced dental hygienists.