Preparing for a Root Canal? Here’s What To Expect

Preparing for a Root Canal? Here’s What To Expect

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When your tooth is badly decayed or infected, your dentist may recommend you for a root canal.

The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. In this way, infection on the tissue surrounding the affected tooth is prevented.

What can you expect during the procedure?
A root canal procedure usually involves the following steps:

1. The dentist takes a radiographic image of the tooth using X-ray then administers local anesthesia.

2. Once the tooth is numb, the dentist places a “dental dam” to isolate the tooth, keeping it clean and free from saliva during the procedure.

3. An opening in the crown of the tooth is created and using small, specialized instruments; the dentist cleans the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canal and shapes the space for filling.

4. The dentist fills the root canal with a rubber-like material. An adhesive cement is used to ensure complete sealing of the root canal.

In many cases, a temporary filling is used to close the opening. This will be removed before the restoration of the tooth.

5. You will be scheduled for another visit to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it.

How can you prepare for it?
Just like any dental procedure, right and timely preparation is the key in making the procedure and recovery more comfortable for you. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for your root canal:

* If painkillers will be prescribed post-procedure, it’s best that you pick up the prescriptions so you won’t have to worry about it after the procedure.

* Discuss with your dentist the aftercare of the procedure before it’s done. In this way, you’ll have time to prepare for what’s needed.

* Get enough sleep the night before the procedure. When your body is in optimal health, recovery will be faster and easier.

* Freeze ice before your scheduled procedure. There can be pain and swelling after the procedure and ice can help in alleviating those.

* In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed prior to the procedure. Take the full recommended dose and do not stop midway even if you think you no longer need it.

* Never hesitate to ask questions to your dentist. This often helps in alleviating your anxiety towards the procedure.

If you are severely anxious, a tranquilizer may be given prior to treatment.


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Oral Health Is Important At Any Age!

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Good nutrition, brushing, and flossing are essentials to maintaining good oral health. However, dental routine can vary, depending on one’s age. Listed below is a guide on how to maintain good oral health all throughout your life.

Although you can’t see the full set of teeth, it isn’t too early to start caring for your baby’s dental health:

* Never let your baby sleep with the bottle in his/her mouth.

*Use only breastmilk or formula in your baby’s bottle. Bottle tooth decay is usually a result of exposure to sugar in drinks (e.g. juice or soda).
* Use a soft, wet cloth to gently clean your baby’s gums and budding teeth everyday.
* Schedule a dental appointment for your child as soon as the first tooth comes in.

It may be challenging to stay on top of your kid’s oral hygiene but it’ll be worth it. Help your child develop a strong foundation for good dental health by doing the following:

* Starting at the age 3, you can provide fluoride toothpaste. It is generally safe and important for your child’s dental health.
* Make sure your child sees a dentist twice a year.
* If your child plays sports, make sure he/she wears a mouthguard.
* Make sugary food an occasional treat. This helps prevent dental cavities.

Your teenager is most likely to have 28 teeth by this stage. With overwhelming changes and activities, it can be a challenge for your teen to keep up with his/her oral hygiene. You can help him/her through the following:

* Swap sugary drinks like soda with healthier alternatives like a fruit or veggie smoothie. Sodas and similar beverages taste great but they can damage your teen’s teeth with the acid and sugar content.
* Encourage healthier on-the-go snacks. Frequent snacking coupled with a busy lifestyle makes it very tempting to eat junk food. This can have negative consequences on the teeth in the long run. Keep this from happening by encouraging your teenager to pack healthier snacks like fruits, cheeses, veggies, sugar-free gum, and water.

Compared to the previous stages, you’ll be on your own at this point – no one will be reminding you to brush and floss your teeth and see a dentist. If you continue doing good dental habits, your teeth and mouth will serve you for long.

* Watch what you eat and drink. Sugar and caffeinated food and drinks can stain your teeth.
* If you’re pregnant or nursing, it’s very much safe to see a dentist.
* See your dentist regularly. It’s so easy to get complacent especially when you’re not experiencing anything. Remember that gum disease and other oral health issues can be treated easily when detected early.

Stay on top of your dental health especially at this stage when things can get more complicated due to other health issues.

* Continue seeing your dentist regularly. Gum disease is very common among seniors and complications can be more severe due to pre-existing conditions.
* Your dentures also need TLC so make sure to include them in your daily routine.


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National Gum Disease Awareness Month

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Did you know that the effect of periodontal disease isn’t just confined in the mouth?

Gum disease is associated with an increased risk of serious chronic conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, dementia, and cardiovascular disease. Researchers believed that this has something to do with the inflammation that the bacteria caused.

What do healthy gums look like?

Healthy gums are firm, pink, and do not bleed. Diseased gums are dark red, swollen, tender, and/or bleeding. In many cases, it is also accompanied by bad breath or bad taste in the mouth and discomfort when chewing.

How to prevent gum disease?

You can improve your overall health by starting to take care of your gums. Below are some of the effective ways to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush and floss

When you brush your teeth, make sure you also brush your gums using a gentle, circular motion.

Don’t forget to floss between your teeth once a day. If you have bridges or implants, you may want to use interdental brushes.

  • Use a therapeutic mouthwash

A therapeutic mouthwash can help prevent or reduce the mild symptoms of gum disease.

  • Don’t smoke

Smoking doesn’t do any good for your health especially if we talk about oral health. People who smoke to almost half of a pack a day is three times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers.

  • Eat a healthy diet

A diet rich in whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and fatty fish can help prevent gum disease. These foods can help suppress inflammation.

  • See your dentist regularly

When gum disease is detected and treated in its early stages, you can keep it from spreading and causing more serious and permanent damage to your teeth. It is recommended to see a dentist every 6 months.





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Children’s Dental Health Month

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When should I take my child to the dentist? How soon can I start brushing my child’s teeth?

As a parent, we have these never-ending concerns for our child especially when it comes to their health.

We used to associate dental visits to tooth extractions. Now, times have changed and we come to realize that a visit to a dentist is not just for tooth extractions; it is a must-do for preventing tooth and gum disease.

Cavities are very common among kids. But even that is highly preventable with the following good dental habits:

  • Brushing and flossing regularly

Dental care should begin even your child starts teething. Running a clean,  damp washcloth over the gums can help clear away harmful bacteria.

Once your baby starts getting teeth, start brushing with an infant toothbrush. You can begin flossing once your baby’s teeth touch.

When your child reaches 3, you can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Always supervise your child while brushing especially when they’re younger than 8 as they have the tendency to swallow the toothpaste.

  • Practicing good feeding habits

Putting a baby to sleep with a bottle is as harmful as giving him/her sweet food and drinks. The sugar from the juice or milk can remain on the teeth for hours, eating away the enamel.

  • Scheduling regular dental visits

You should start seeing a dentist when your child reaches 1. While you may not be able to do a complete assessment by this stage, the visit can help your child get used to the dental office.

A healthy child is a happy child. Start taking care of your child’s teeth today. If he/she has not seen a dentist yet, it’s time to schedule him/her an appointment.





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Veneers…What are they?

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If you’ve dreamt of getting back those perfect teeth, then veneers may be an option for you. 

What are veneers? 

Veneers are an ideal treatment for people with teeth that have been stained, chipped, or with gaps. They are wafer-thin and are custom-made, using tooth-colored materials. They are meant to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve the appearance, strength, and resilience.  

Veneers are considered as permanent treatment. Hence, it’s important to have a good knowledge of what they are before jumping into this procedure.  

Who needs veneers? 

There are several reasons why people opt for veneers. Some people use them for correcting small misalignments or closing gaps as they are less intrusive than crowns or braces. There are also those who opt for veneers for cosmetic reasons (i.e. enhance the brightness of the teeth, straighten the smile, etc.). 

Getting Veneers 

It often takes more than one trip to the dentist to get veneers. The first is usually for consultation while the subsequent trips are for making and applying veneers.  

During your consultation, your dentist will assess your teeth. Your dentist will then explain the procedure and its limitations. This is the best time for you to ask for questions, if you have any. 

If veneers are right for you, your dentist will remove half a millimeter of your enamel from the tooth surface to make a model or impression of your tooth. This is sent out to the laboratory to create your veneers. It takes about 2-4 weeks for your dentist to receive your veneers.

Cakmes Dental Studio offers veneers. We have a team of professionals who are committed to giving you the best dental care.  

If you’ve been thinking of getting veneers, call and schedule an appointment with us. We will assess your teeth to find out if veneers are right for you. 






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Why is Flossing Important?

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Flossing, the dreaded extra step it takes for better oral hygiene. While it’s just as important as brushing only one-third of Americans do it daily. It seems more like a chore than brushing but it is actually quite simple and reaches the 40% of tooth surface area your toothbrush can’t. So why does it seem so much harder to follow a flossing routine than a brushing routine?  It can be a hassle adding an extra step in your daily to-do list, but the benefits of flossing are tremendous and there are several ways it can be made even easier.

So why should you care about flossing and what’s the best and easiest way to clean those chompers?

Why You Should Care About Flossing

Good oral hygiene prevents periodontal disease and periodontal disease can lead to a myriad of other health issues such as heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

On average one in eight adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of gum disease. Follow up on these flossing practices to make sure you’re not the one in eight.

Flossing Best Practices

It is best to practice flossing at least once a day, preferably before night to remove any food or particles that have become lodged in between the teeth or gums.

How to Floss Properly

  • Take 18 to 24 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around two fingers, leave yourself an inch or two to work with
  • Hold the floss tight between your thumbs and index fingers, and slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line.
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth


Not Sure Which Floss is Best for You?

  • Unwaxed floss is thin nylon floss that’s great for getting into tight spaces but can be prone to breaking.
  • Waxed floss is a standard nylon floss with a light wax coating. It’s less likely to break but harder to use in smaller spaces than unwaxed floss.
  • Dental tape is broader and flatter than standard floss and comes in waxed or unwaxed versions. This can be more comfortable for teeth with wider spaces between them.
  • Polytetrafluorethylene floss (PTFE) is the same material used in high-tech Gore-Tex fabric. The material slides between the teeth easily and is less likely to shred compared to standard floss.
  • Super flosses are made from yarn-like material that has stiffer sections on each end that can be used to clean around braces or dental bridges.

It only takes a few moments to leave a lasting impression on your health. Remember, floss at least once a day, before bedtime.



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