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Nov
6

Don’t Wait Until a Tooth Hurts to Fix It

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What do you do when you go to the dentist and they tell you one of your teeth needs to be repaired, but it’s not bothering you whatsoever? A lot of people may think to themselves that nothing is wrong, because they aren’t suffering from any type of symptoms of tooth decay or broken teeth. Because of this, some people delay or completely avoid having any type of restorative therapy until their tooth is actually bothering them.

It may seem illogical to do anything to a tooth that isn’t hurting you, but there are many conditions that can be very severe yet never cause any symptoms in some people. For instance, in some people, abscessed teeth or teeth that are so decayed and broken in half may not feel like there is anything is wrong. This may be due to severely damaged nerve tissue or a high pain tolerance. Waiting until the tooth actually hurts may mean that it’s too late to actually restore the tooth in its present state, causing you to lose it completely.

Minimally invasive dental treatment allows your dentist to treat small cavities or other types of problems before they progress into more complicated issues. Just a small crack around an old filling could mean a new filling if it’s diagnosed in time, but putting of treatment can cause the crack to extend deeper into the tooth, enamel to fracture off, and result in the need for a crown or even root canal therapy.

If you’ve been told that you need some type of dental work, there’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion, but putting it off too long can cause you more money (as well as your teeth.)

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Oct
23

Painless Root Canals

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The thought of a root canal is enough to make anyone cringe, but root canals are not painful.  The actual pain is the result of a badly infected tooth and the root canal procedure is used to eliminate the pain caused by an infected tooth.  An infected tooth is a serious dental health issue that can result in abscesses, as well as the loss of the tooth.  A highly trained dentist and their dental team, who are experienced in performing root canals, can make the experience as comfortable as possible, during and after the procedure.

The goal of the procedure is to remove the infected root and pulp from the center of the tooth.  The first step in the process is to numb the area using a series of injections around the tooth where the root canal is being performed.  In some cases sedation may be an alternative if the patient is very anxious about the procedure.  In sedation, the patient is given a series of medications that puts the patient to sleep, however they continue to breath on their own.

Next, the dentist will open the top of the tooth, where a series of specialized instruments are used to remove the pulp and root.   Once they are completely removed, the tooth is cleaned, dried and sealed to prevent further infection.  Occasionally the dentist will prescribe antibiotics to make sure that any lingering infection is eliminated.  In many cases the preferred means to seal the tooth is to install a crown over the tooth.  As a result, often root canals are scheduled along with crown procedures to completely resolve the issues associated with the problematic tooth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Jul
11

Infection Control in the Dental Office: Protecting Our Patients and Our Team

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Whether you are having your teeth cleaned, a cavity filled, or a more invasive procedure such as a root canal, all dental patients want to rest assured that the dentist and staff are cleaning the treatment areas, instruments, and preventing cross contamination of other people’s germs in the treatment area. After all, they see dozens of people per day and dental professionals come into contact with blood and saliva on a regular basis.

Dental and medical professionals operate under an infection control theory called “universal precautions.” What this does is not only protecting patients from risk of cross-contamination, but also prevents our team members from being exposed to or spreading infectious diseases. Using Universal Precautions means treating every single patient as if they have a communicable disease. Not only does this mean all patients are created equally, it also means that patients who are unaware of any existing illnesses will always be treated in an appropriate manner.

The CDC and OSHA have established guidelines on personal protective equipment, sterilization and disinfection practices based on preventing the spread of diseases. All sterilized instruments are bagged and autoclaved under pressurized steam in order to destroy any living microorganisms. Regular biological monitoring of sterilization equipment ensures that all patients are treated with instruments that are completely clean.

Surface areas in the treatment room are disinfected using high-level solutions that kill highly infectious bacteria and viruses such as tuberculosis and hepatitis. Any items that are not sterilizable or disposable are cleaned with surface disinfectants. When possible, plastic barriers are used and disposed of to reduce cross contamination. If you ever want to know more, feel free to ask your dentist about the types of disinfection and sterilization protocols that they implement. Your dental team is here to protect you while they’re providing you with quality oral health care.

Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care

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