Are you concerned that pain or changes in your teeth or gums may be signs that you need a root canal? Although you'll need to pay a visit to the dentist to be sure that a root canal is needed, you may notice a few signs and symptoms if your tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Root canals are just one of the services that Reno, NV, dentist Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care provides.
How can I tell if need a root canal?
Pain is often the symptom that prompts people to schedule a visit to their Reno, NV, dentist. It's important to visit any time you have pain in your teeth, even if it comes and goes. If you ignore it, it will eventually become constant. The longer you wait, the more likely that you'll need extensive dental treatment to address your problem.
Does your tooth hurt more when you chew or put pressure on it? When the pulp in the center of your tooth is inflamed or infected, even the slightest pressure can worsen pain. You may also notice that your pain intensifies after eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages. In fact, the pain may continue for as long a half-hour after you finish eating or drinking.
Painful, swollen and red gums may also occur if you need root canal therapy. These changes could also indicate that you have gum disease and should always be evaluated by your dentist. Tooth darkening can occur in some cases. A change in tooth color is a warning sign that shouldn't be ignored.
Severe, throbbing pain often occurs if you have a dental abscess in your pulp. The bacterial infection is considered a dental emergency and must be treated immediately with antibiotics to prevent the spread of the infection. In addition to pain, other signs and symptoms of a dental abscess include facial swelling near the problem tooth, fever and swollen lymph glands. If you take a look in the mirror, you may see a collection of pus around the tooth or notice that a bump that looks like a pimple has formed on the gum next to it.
What happens during a root canal?
Without root canal treatment, you may eventually lose your tooth. During the procedure, your pulp is removed and replaced with a rubber filling. The treatment also involves cleaning and shaping the small root canals that travel from the top of your tooth into the roots.
For questions on root canals, call your dentist, Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, at (775) 853-0503 to schedule your appointment.
Discover the wonders of getting dental veneers in Reno.
Do you want to revamp and improve the appearance of your smile? Do you wish that your smile was just a bit more symmetrical, whiter, or a more ideal shape? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jintae Park, has helped countless patients achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted thanks to dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
Maybe you’ve done a little research and already know what dental veneers are, or maybe you’re a complete newbie to this cosmetic treatment. Either way, by the time you’re done reading this you’ll understand everything you need to know to decide whether it’s right for you.
Veneers are made from medical-grade porcelain. They are extremely thin and are custom-made to cover the entire front of a tooth to hide flaws and imperfections. The porcelain used is translucent so that it reflects light the same way as natural tooth enamel, so they will look completely natural.
What issues can dental veneers address?
There are many cosmetic dental issues that can easily be masked by getting dental veneers. You could be an ideal candidate for veneers if you are looking to cover:
- Discolorations and severe stains
- Chips and cracks
- Minor gaps between teeth
- Minor crookedness and crowding
- Misshapen teeth
- Uneven or worn teeth
Once veneers are placed, they can instantly make your smile appear whiter, more even, and straighter. If you only have minor misalignment issues and loathe the idea of wearing braces in order to fix the problem, ask our Reno dentist whether veneers could get you the straighter smile you want.
What goes into getting veneers?
Another benefit to choosing veneers is that you don’t have to go through extensive preparation or an invasive procedure in order to get amazing results. While some enamel will need to be shaved off the front of your tooth, this is a minor procedure.
Once the teeth are prepped, impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. Once your custom veneers are ready, you will come back in for a final fitting so we can bond them to the front of your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
Are you interested in getting dental veneers? Do you want to find out if your smile is right for this treatment? If so, call JP Dental Care today in Reno, NV, and get one step closer to the smile you crave.
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Reno, NV (serving Carson City & Sparks, NV) dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Reno, NV (serving Carson City & Sparks, NV) Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Reno, NV (serving Carson City & Sparks, NV) dentist to schedule an appointment.
A focus on dental care in senior citizens is just as important as it is for children. Indeed, oral health in your later years can be a major factor in your quality of life.
For one, aging effects on other parts of the body can make dental care more challenging. Some hygiene tasks once performed easily become harder — arthritis, for example, or loss of muscle strength may make it difficult to hold a toothbrush or floss. In such cases, you may need to find new ways to make the task easier: a power toothbrush with a larger handle; pre-loaded floss holders or a water flosser; or adaptations to a manual brush to make it easier to hold, like attaching a tennis ball or bike handle.
Other age-related conditions — and their treatments — can negatively impact oral health. Less saliva production, which is a consequence of aging or certain drugs, increases the risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Older adults often develop gastric reflux problems that can introduce tooth enamel-eroding stomach acid into the mouth. And medications called bisphosphonates, often prescribed to treat osteoporosis, may interfere in rare cases with bone healing after tooth extraction or similar procedures.
Prior dental work can also prove challenging to treating dental disease. It becomes more difficult to preserve teeth threatened with decay if there are significant restorations or appliances to work around. Pain perception can also diminish with age, so that dental disease may not be noticed until later stages when significant damage has already occurred.
Oral care requires more attention as we grow older, or as we care for older family members. Your best defense against disease is to continue regular six-month visits with us. In addition to normal cleanings and checkups, we’ll also screen for oral cancer (a more prevalent occurrence in older adults), review your prescriptions or other supplements and medications for any possible side effects to oral health, check the fit of any dentures or other restorations and evaluate the effectiveness of your hygiene.
While other age-related conditions may capture the majority of your attention, you shouldn’t allow that to neglect your dental care. With your continued efforts, along with our support and your family’s, you can continue to enjoy good oral health throughout your lifetime.
Your gums not only support and protect your teeth they also help present them in a visually attractive way. But some people’s gums seem to stand out too much — what’s commonly called a gummy smile — which diminishes their smile appeal. There’s no precise definition, but as a rule of thumb we consider a smile too gummy if four or more millimeters (about an eighth of an inch) of the gums show.
Fortunately, there are some techniques to improve a gummy smile. Which technique is best for you, though, will depend on why the gums are prominent — and causes vary. For example, you could have a gummy smile because your teeth appear too short compared to your gums.
Permanent teeth normally erupt to about 10 mm of visible length. But less than that, say 8 mm, could skew the visible proportion of gums to teeth too much toward the gums. Teeth can also appear shorter due to accelerated wear caused by grinding habits. Another cause could be the amount of upper lip rise when you smile. The lip may rise too high in a condition called hypermobility. This could reveal too much of the gums when you smile.
It’s important then to match the treatment to the cause. For example, we can enhance the appearance of shorter teeth through a surgical procedure known as crown lengthening.Â During this procedure a surgeon reshapes the gum tissues and underlying bone to expose more of the tooth’s length.
For upper lip hypermobility, we can restrict movement with Botox, a drug that paralyzes tiny parts of the involved muscles. This approach, though, will wear off in a few months — a more permanent solution is surgery to reposition the muscle attachments so as to prevent excessive movement.
If you’re concerned about a gummy smile, see us for a full examination and consultation. Once we know the reason why, we can offer a solution that will make your smile more attractive.
If you would like more information on enhancing the appearance of your gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gummy Smiles.”
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