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We all know the name, but what, exactly, is a root canal?

A root canal is treatment designed to clean out the inside of a tooth that has been infected by bacteria. It is essentially a deep filling that removes infection, and diseased tissue from inside of the tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

While a consultation with your Miami dentist is the only way to know for certain whether you need a root canal, your problem tooth may present telltale symptoms that indicate this endodontic procedure is in your near future.

Symptoms that you may need a root canal include:

  • Pain with hot or cold foods/beverages
  • Severe, throbbing pain in the tooth
  • Broken or fractured tooth that exposes the tooth’s nerve
  • Tooth that appears gray in color, indicating the nerve is dead
  • An abscess appears on the gum area near the infected tooth

Pain is the most common symptom of an infected tooth, although sometimes pain is not present in a tooth that needs a root canal. For instance, if you bump a tooth and it turns a gray color, that could be an indicator that the tooth’s nerve is dead, and root canal would be needed to remove the dead tissue, and then fill the canals with a filling to strengthen the tooth and prevent bacteria from entering.

Root Canal – What to Expect

A root canal can seem like a frightful experience, but most of the time understanding what is to take place can help ease any fear or anxiety that you may have. However, should you feel apprehensive about your upcoming root canal appointment, we offer sedation dentistry in Miami that can help you feel relaxed and calm the entire time.

Here is what you can expect during the procedure:

  • We first make sure that your mouth is numb so that you remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
  • Then, the dentist will drill down into the infected tooth.
  • The tooth is cleaned of bacteria and the infected nerve material. This includes drilling down into the passages, or canals, of the tooth roots to ensure that all infected tissue is removed.
  • Once the infected tissue is removed, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like filling material.
  • The final step involves placing a permanent crown over the tooth to add durability and strength. You and your Miami dentist may decide to complete this portion of the procedure in the same appointment, or you may return at a later date to begin your procedure for a dental crown.

Technology

At Miami Designer Smiles, we have several advanced tools that help us make your root canal experience quick, efficient, and easy. We have sophisticated monitoring that allows us to determine our location inside your tooth, so there’s no need to get X-rays during your root canal. We also use an ultrasonic tool that gently removes tooth material, removing only the amount necessary and leaving healthy tooth structure intact.

Root Canals in Miami

To learn more about root canals and how they can be used to maintain your dental health, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today or call (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment at our Miami office.

If you are scheduling dental implant surgery, it’s important to prepare for your procedure properly to ensure the best possible results. Here’s some advice for ensuring everything goes smoothly.

  • Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery–you won’t be able to drive yourself
  • Make sure all your paperwork is taken care of, and all payments arranged.
  • Arrange for time off work, probably 2-3 days. Not everyone needs time off work after dental implant surgery, but it’s better to have it set up and not need it than have to call in the day after your surgery.
  • Fill any prescriptions and take any medications as instructed before surgery
  • Most of the time, the procedure is performed using only local anesthesia, so feel free to eat before surgery.
  • Do not apply makeup the day of your surgery. It’s okay to wear jewelry if you want, with the possible exception of piercings in the mouth, which you should talk to your doctor about.
  • Wash and shave before surgery to reduce infection risk.

Overall, dental implant surgery is actually a relatively minor procedure that results in surprisingly little discomfort. If you are nervous about surgery beforehand, we can talk to you about sedation dentistry to help you achieve a relaxed state before surgery.

To learn more about dental implant surgery, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today for an appointment.

If you are considering improving the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dental restorations, you may have learn that porcelain veneers are a great treatment to take care of discolored, uneven, or gapped teeth. You may also have learned about the type of porcelain veneers known as Lumineers. Lumineers are a special branded type of porcelain veneer that advertises a number of advantages over traditional veneers, such as the fact that Lumineers do not require preparation of your teeth, are completely reversible, and are more convenient than traditional porcelain veneers.

However, Lumineers also have a number of disadvantages. First, because they are just applied to the front of your teeth, their ability to reshape your smile is limited. Porcelain veneers can be used to significantly reshape your smile, but Lumineers can provide only the most minor of correction. Second, because Lumineers are very thin, they have to be extra opaque to correct tooth staining. This can make them look less like natural tooth enamel, which is faintly translucent. Finally, because Lumineers are placed on top of your natural tooth without any preparation, they create a small shelf at the edge of each Lumineer, which provides a harborage for bacteria and requires extra care to prevent decay at the edge of each Lumineer.

During your appointment, we can talk about your porcelain veneer options and help you decide which is right for you. To schedule an appointment at our Miami office, please contact Miami Designer Smiles.

Invisalign is a relatively new form of orthodontic treatment that is a good option for many people looking to straighten their smiles. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces, which use wires anchored to your teeth to slowly pull teeth into a rounded arch. Instead of braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth.

The Invisalign procedure starts with a digital image of your teeth. The current positions are registered, and then a treatment plan to move your teeth into proper alignment is designed by a computer. This design is used to create a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth from their current position.

Your dentist will give you your first aligner, which you will wear for about two weeks. Then you will be given another aligner. You should wear each aligner for about 20 hours a day. You can take it off to eat and clean your teeth, so there are no dietary restrictions and no special cleaning necessary, except you should clean your teeth after eating and before putting the aligners back on.

To learn more about Invisalign, and find out if you are a candidate, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today for a consultation.

The old dental quip, “Only floss the teeth you want to keep,” is based in truth. Flossing is crucial to protecting your teeth because it can remove food particles and bacterial plaque from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach.

If bacteria are allowed safe harborage in your mouth, their colonies will grow. They will attack your teeth in areas that are hard to see and create cavities that are very difficult to fill. The bacteria will not only attack your teeth, they will attack your gums, leading to gum disease. The bacteria create pockets around your teeth to increase their safe havens below your gumline. As these pockets deepen, the bacteria will grow, eventually attacking your bone. Ironically, part of your body’s immune response also leads to a loss of bone material, creating a mutually reinforcing process that eventually causes tooth loss.

Along the way to tooth loss, you will experience bad breath, inflammation, and pain. Bacteria will also sometimes use your gums as an entry point to your bloodstream, where they can cause injury to your heart and liver.

In other words, flossing is crucial to protecting your oral and general health. To learn more about the importance of good oral hygiene, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today to talk to a cosmetic dentist.