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    Causes and Treatments of Abscessed Teeth

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Teeth are comprised of a hard enamel covering that protects the soft pulp within. Infections that affect the pulp of a tooth require professional dental treatment to avoid pain and the spread of bacteria.

    Infected pulp may be caused by untreated tooth decay or damage to the tooth’s enamel that allows bacteria to reach the pulp. Root canal treatment removes the infected pulp and seals the tooth to provide strength and structural stability. You can learn more about abscessed teeth and root canal treatment in this video.

    Regular visits to your dentist can help you prevent tooth decay or treat problems before severe infection occurs. Call West Chester Dental Arts today at (484) 881-3501 to schedule your next checkup and cleaning. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, extractions, root canal therapy, and oral sedation. Click through our website to learn more about us! 

    What Happens During a Root Canal?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If the pulp or nerve of a tooth becomes damaged, a dentist can remove the pulp from inside of the tooth by performing a root canal. Typically, a root canal requires one or more office visits to restore the full function of the tooth. Before a patient undergoes a root canal procedure, it’s important for him or her to discuss each step of the root canal with his or her dentist.

    Taking an X-ray
    When a patient first schedules a root canal, the dentist will need to take an X-ray in order to look for signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Next, the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area. To keep the area dry during the root canal procedure, the dentist will use a rubber dam around the treatment tooth. Finally, the dentist will drill an access hole into the tooth, so that he or she can effectively remove the damaged pulp, decayed nerve tissue, and residual bacteria.

    Cleaning the tooth
    A dentist uses a series of root canal files to remove the pulp and bacteria from inside of the tooth. By increasing the file size throughout treatment, the dentist is able to scrape and scrub the sides of the entire root canal. To flush away any remaining debris, the dentist will periodically use a water or sodium hypochlorite solution.

    Sealing the tooth
    To keep the inside of the tooth clean following treatment, the dentist will seal the tooth. Some dentists choose to wait a week before sealing a patient’s tooth, especially if there is an infection that needs to clear up. In this case, the dentist will place a temporary filling around the hole to keep bacteria and debris from contaminating it.

    At West Chester Dental Arts, we understand the importance of providing patients quality dental care in a convenient, comfortable environment. To help our patients feel more comfortable during their treatments, we offer the latest sedation dentistry techniques. To learn more about sedation dentistry in West Chester, PA, give us a call at (484) 881-3501.

    Reasons to Have a Dental Implant

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Tooth decay, gingivitis, and injury can all lead to permanent tooth loss. Luckily, people who are missing teeth can now enhance their facial appearance by replacing the tooth root with an artificial tooth that matches their natural tooth color. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently attached, so they fit more comfortably in someone’s mouth.

    Alternative to bridges and dentures
    Dental bridges, dentures, and implants all replace missing teeth. However, dentists need to fill two adjoining teeth in order to implant a dental bridge. This often makes the teeth weaker and more prone to tooth decay. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable. As a result, people with dentures often have difficulty with them comfortably fitting into their mouths. Dentures can also lead to speech difficulty and problems with chewing or eating.

    High success rates
    Dental implants were originally made from a Swedish manufacturer. These original implants have a success rate of 90% or greater. As dental implants have grown in popularity, new, generic implants have emerged on the market. Though the generic implants may be cheaper, their success rate hasn’t been fully studied yet. For this reason, it’s best for any patient considering implants to talk about their options with their dentist.

    Convenient timing
    It typically takes two appointments for dental implant treatment to be complete. During the first appointment, the dentist will secure the implant in place. In six to 12 weeks, the patient will need to return in order for the dentist to cover it with a protective crown. This two part process can be beneficial for patients who schedule their initial procedure at the end of the calendar year. This allows the crown to be placed during the following year, which gives patients the chance to use two years’ worth of their pretax flexible spending accounts.  

    West Chester Dental Arts offers general dentistry as well as oral sedation dentistry treatment. We stay current on the latest dental treatment procedures, including dental implants in West Chester, PA. You can begin the process of restoring the natural beauty of your teeth by calling us at (484) 881-3501. 

    A Guide to the Symptoms of Gingivitis

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is characterized by red, swollen gums. As the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis is the easiest stage to treat and the best stage to reverse gum tissue damage. However, in order for someone to effectively begin treating gingivitis, he or she needs to first recognize its signs and symptoms. 

    Inflamed gums
    The Most recognizable signs of gingivitis are swollen, red, or tender gums. These symptoms are a reaction to plaque accumulating along the gum line. When the plaque attaches to gum tissue, its bacteria produces acidic byproducts. These toxins irritate the gum tissue, causing the gums to swell and redden. Some people even notice their gums bleeding when they brush their teeth in the morning and night.

    Receding gum line
    As the gum tissue becomes increasingly irritated, it can start to pull away from the permanent teeth. This causes pockets to form in between the gums and the teeth. It is very easy for plaque and bacteria to accumulate in these pockets. At the same time, it is more difficult to remove bacteria from gum pockets through brushing and flossing. People with gingivitis can tell if their gum line is receding by checking to see if their teeth now have an elongated appearance.

    Recurring bad breath
    Even if gum disease is in its early stages, it can lead to chronic bad breath. The odor associated with bad breath is a byproduct of built up bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria digest and reproduce, it creates a very unpleasant odor. The best way to remove this odor is by removing the bacteria through brushing, flossing, or rinsing with mouthwash. Unfortunately, if bacteria get trapped in pockets between the gums and teeth, it can more difficult to remove bacteria and the subsequent unpleasant odor.

    If you notice the initial signs of gingivitis, it’s important to schedule an immediate dental checkup. To help our patients feel relaxed during dental treatment, West Chester Dental Arts offers the latest sedation dentistry techniques. You can reach our West Chester, PA office by dialing (484) 881-3501.

    How to Tell If You Have a Cavity

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The primary purpose of your tooth enamel is to protect the inner pulp, nerve, and roots nestled deep inside of your teeth. Unfortunately, if plaque builds up on your teeth, it can lead to permanent damage in the form of small holes in the tooth enamel. Left untreated, a cavity will continue to grow, possibly exposing the deeper layers of your teeth.

    Sings and symptoms of a cavity depend on its size and location. For example, when a cavity is in its initial stages, it might not cause any symptoms at all. However, a dentist can still see the initial decay and begin treatment before the cavity grows. If you wait too long to schedule a general dental checkup, the decay might get larger, which will lead to more painful symptoms. For example, you may experience tooth sensitivity, toothache, or sharp pain while eating or drinking something sweet. Cavities can also grow so large that you can eventually see the physical hole in the surface of your tooth. 

    If you experience sharp pain when you bite down or eat, contact West Chester Dental Arts at (484) 881-3501. We offer sedation dentistry in West Chester, PA.

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