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    The Truth About Root Canals

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If you are suffering from a severe toothache, you may need to undergo a root canal. When most people hear the words “root canal,” they imagine long dental visits and terrible pain. While this view may have been accurate at one time, advances is dental medical science allow modern dentists to perform root canals much more effectively and efficiently. Read on to learn the truth behind modern root canals

    Root Canals Are Not Painful
    If a severe toothache and dental x-ray reveal that the inside of your tooth is inflamed, you may need to undergo a root canal, during which a dentist will clean the inside of your tooth. Since a root canal involves direct contact with the tooth nerves, many people assume that it’s a painful procedure. However, modern techniques and anesthetics make the process painless; in fact, root canals are designed to relieve pain.

    Saving Your Tooth Is Ideal
    Some people are so terrified of root canals that they would prefer to have their offending tooth completely removed. If keeping a natural tooth is a viable option, dentists almost always recommend it instead of extraction. If you have your natural tooth replaced with an implant or bridge, it may limit the kinds of food you can eat. In terms of saving natural teeth, root canals have a very high success rate.

    Root Canals Do Not Cause Illness
    For nearly 100 years, millions of people have believed the myth that root canals cause illness in the body. This rumor came from a man who advocated tooth extraction, and who used very poorly designed research to support his claim. There is no evidence that root canals cause illness; besides, tooth extraction is a much more traumatic procedure.

    If you have any more questions about root canals, set up an appointment at West Chester Dental Arts. We use sophisticated technology and techniques for all our dental procedures, including root canals and dental implants. Visit our website or call our West Chester office at (484) 881-3501 to learn more.  

    Understanding How the Temporomandibular Joint Works

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are among the most important joints in your body. The TMJ connects your jaw (mandible) with your temporal bone, which is the bone on the side of your skull. Your TMJ moves every time you speak, eat, laugh, or do anything else with your mouth; if there’s a problem with your TMJ, you’ll know about it very quickly. Here’s a brief look at how the temporomandibular joint works:

    Normal Function
    If you put your finger just in front of your ear and open your jaw, you can feel your TMJ in action. You can also feel how your TMJ interacts with your ear canal every time you open and close it. Your jaw is essentially a lever, and your TMJ is the fulcrum. There are several muscles that help with jaw movement, and the cartilage in your TMJ allows smooth, painless movement.

    Causes of Pain
    As with other joint disorders, pain in the TMJ is usually caused by damage to the joint cartilage. A damaged or displaced cartilage disc can cause pain as it puts pressure on the nearby nerves. Most people complain of jaw pain after experiencing trauma to the jaw, excessive gum chewing, or sustained teeth grinding. An improperly positioned bite may also cause pain if it isn’t corrected. 

    Professional Treatment
    There are several ways that dentists can address TMJ pain. If your pain is caused by teeth grinding at night, a dentist can create a special tooth guard. If you have an uneven bite, a dentist can correct it with Invisalign. In severe cases, jaw surgery may be necessary. If you’re suffering from jaw pain, you should have a dentist evaluate your pain and help you explore your treatment options.

    If you’re struggling with jaw pain, let one of the dentists at West Chester Dental Arts have a look. We have years of experience providing West Chester residents with high-quality dental services. Visit our website or call (484) 881-3501 to learn more about jaw pain treatment, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and other dentistry services.

    How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Whether it’s from work, financial troubles, or family obligations, stress affects millions of Americans. Compelling evidence shows that stress is bad for your general wellbeing—including your oral health.

    In this video from the American Dental Association, a dentist discusses the harm that stress can have on your oral health. She says that stress can cause teeth grinding, or bruxism, which often leads to headaches, jaw soreness, and damaged teeth. She also says that dentists have identified a link between periodontal disease and high levels of stress. For the sake of your oral health, it’s important that you find ways to reduce stress.

    As you find ways to reduce stress, one of the dentists at West Chester Dental Arts can create a custom mouth guard for you. This will prevent you from inadvertently damaging your teeth at night. Call our West Chester office at (484) 881-3501 to make an appointment.

    Continuing the Family Legacy: Katherine Lang, RDH

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When you go to the dentist, you’ll likely spend most of your time with the dental hygienist, who is responsible for removing plaque and making sure your teeth are as clean as they can be. To ensure that your time at the dentist’s office is as pleasant as possible, you’ll want a skilled and friendly dental hygienist. Katherine Lang, RDH, is just such a dental hygienist.

    Katherine (Katie) Lang is proud to continue the legacy of dentistry set forth by her grandfather, father, uncle, and brother. Katie is originally from Bethlehem, PA, where she graduated from Saucon Valley High School. She studied Physical and Health Education at West Chester University and earned her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at Northampton Community College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2009, and has been a dental hygienist ever since.

    To meet Katie Lang and the other dental professionals at West Chester Dental Arts, call (484) 881-3501 and set up an appointment. Our West Chester dental office offers sedation dentistry, dental implants, and much more.  

    Wise Up to Whiter Teeth [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Are your teeth looking a little more yellow than you’d like? If so, you’re not alone. Everything from your morning cup of coffee to your evening glass of red wine leaves behind stains on your teeth that translate into a dull smile. Add in other factors like smoking or not brushing twice a day, and your teeth could become seriously discolored. The good news is that you can reclaim your pearly whites with a few lifestyle tweaks and professional teeth whitening from your dentist. West Chester Dental Arts breaks down the causes and treatments for discolored teeth in this infographic. Stained teeth are a common problem, so help your family and friends by sharing this teeth whitening information with them.

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