Signs You May Need a Root Canal Therapy

If you are dealing with ongoing tooth pain, you may be too fearful to go to the dentist to find out what’s going on. It’s important that you do, however, as you may need root canal therapy. Your dentist will need to evaluate you to see if that procedure is necessary, and will closely examine several factors: the signs the dentist can see personally, the results of any tests performed during your visit, and the symptoms you have been experiencing with the problematic tooth.

Your dentist may observe:

  • A tooth that is discolored
  • X-rays that reveal a tooth problem
  • A fistulous tract, or persistent or recurring gum pimple
  • Additional testing done by your dentist:
  • X-rays provide an extremely clear picture of the health of the tooth
  • Thermal testing can evaluate sensitivity through a careful application of hot or cold temperatures
  • Percussion testing evaluates pain response through gentle tapping
  • You may have been noticing:
  • A broken or cracked tooth obviously decayed or damaged
  • A discolored tooth, especially a grey tooth
  • A “bubble” in your gums, like a pimple. It may or may not have ruptured, leaking pus that smells or tastes awful
  • Pain that shoots out from one tooth to your jaw or ear, leading to earache symptoms
  • Pain that prevents you from living your life without painkillers
  • Pain, sensitivity or swelling on one certain tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold liquids that lingers and is very painful

In some cases, an infected tooth that requires a root canal treatment has no symptoms at all that could be discerned by you. Only a dental professional can confirm the need to undergo root canal therapies. If you are experiencing pain that disrupts your life, talk to your dentist or endodontist immediately. Root canal treatments at our Shreveport LA dental office are designed to relieve the pain you’re experiencing now and to restore your tooth to full form and function. Don’t wait to get your life and smile back!

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How to Make Your White Smile Last

Have you recently gotten your teeth professionally whitened? Are your teeth currently naturally white without treatment? Whatever your situation, you will want to keep your teeth white. A bright, white smile can enhance all areas of your life, personally and professionally. It gives off a sign of health and youthfulness, and possessing one can lead you to have greater self-confidence. The American Dental Association is unsure about the long-term effects of teeth whitening, so you won’t want to whiten your teeth more than absolutely needed. Here are some tips for keeping your white smile as bright as possible for the longest amount of time.

  • Don’t smoke. Smoking is terrible for your overall health, not just your teeth. It has been linked to an increase in almost every type of cancer, and can lead to bad breath (halitosis) and gum disease (gingivitis). Smoking stains your teeth, embedding brown stains in the pits and groves of your natural tooth enamel.
  • Rinse your mouth out. Common foods and drinks you consume each day leave stains on your teeth. Coffee, tea, dark soda and red wine can all leave their marks on your teeth. Fruit juices, beets, blackberries and blueberries are also discoloring. Even soy sauce and balsamic vinegar leave their mark. These stains worsen with time as they build up on your teeth. Rinsing your mouth out following the consumption of these foods and drinks can help minimize this discoloration.
  • Avoid sports and energy drinks. All sweetened drinks are bad for your teeth, but recent studies have shown that many energy and sports drinks may make that damage even worse. These drinks can erode your enamel over time, a process that cannot be reversed, resulting in discolored, thin teeth. Do not drink these beverages over long periods of time, and rinse your mouth afterward.

Help keep your smile bright and white by brushing immediately after meals or rinsing your mouth out with water. See the dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental Care in Shreveport LA regularly for checkups and professional cleanings, and you can keep your smile looking its bright, white best!

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Are Hybrid Dentures Right For Me?

Are your natural teeth in very poor condition? Have you been advised that the extraction of multiple teeth is in your future? Do you have restorative work that is failing or problematic? Is the bone loss you have in your jaw too great for you to qualify for the number of dental implants you may require? Do you currently wear dentures, but are dissatisfied with their instability? If you have answered yes to one of these questions, you may wish to look into hybrid dentures.

Hybrid dentures, also known as fixed-detachable dentures, are dentures that are fixed in place utilizing multiple dental implants. They are considered fixed in that the patient isn’t able to remove them, but they are considered detachable because dental professionals can remove them for regular cleanings and inspections.

Hybrid dentures can also be called fixed hybrid implants bridges. They are truly more like bridges than they are dentures. They differ from traditional dentures in that they do not feel bulky. Upper hybrid dentures are made so that the roof of your mouth remains uncovered and open. This allows you to enjoy the taste and texture of your food and to speak more clearly.

Because hybrid dentures use a minimum of four dental implants as anchors, they provide a high level of stability. With hybrid dentures, there is greater freedom to enjoy foods that would damage or dislodge standard dentures, and increased security to speak, drink or laugh in public.

Hybrid dentures are custom-made to look like natural teeth and gums. They eliminate the problems of typical dentures such as clacking, slippage, hygiene problems or loss of taste. Hybrid dentures can improve a patient’s self-confidence and provide benefits to the patient both professionally and personally.

If you live in the Shreveport LA area and you would like to learn more about Hybrid Dentures, contact our office today.

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What are Hybrid Dentures?

Dentures are typically thought of as something your grandparents would have worn. This “regular” denture is worn by patients who are edentulous (have no teeth) in the arch of a jaw – upper or lower teeth. These standard dentures are removable and are not affixed to the gums with anything but suction of a denture adhesive. They can be unstable over time.

An “implant overdenture” is a denture that is similar to a regular denture, only it clips or snaps to dental implants placed in the patient’s jaw. It allows the denture to have greater stability and can be removed by the patient.

A “hybrid denture” is also known as a fixed hybrid implant bridge or fixed-detachable dentures. This hybrid denture also replaces a patient’s arch of missing teeth, but instead of being removable, it’s fixed into place utilizing dental implants. Only a dental professional will be able to remove the dentures for regular checkups and cleanings.

Hybrid dentures require more dental implants than implant overdentures, because the hybrid dentures provide the greatest stable base available for dentures. This stable base keeps the hybrid dentures in place and prevents alterations in speech and difficulties in eating or drinking.

A patient receiving hybrid dentures has dental implants placed surgically into his or her jaw bone. In the majority of cases, temporary dentures are placed the same day. It takes four to six months for the dental implants to heal and to begin the process of fusing with the jawbone, a process known as ossification. At that time, the final hybrid denture is fixed into place and will only be removable by a dental professional.

If you currently wear regular dentures, or if your natural teeth are becoming increasingly problematic, fixed-detachable dentures could solve your problems.  Contact Broadmoor Family Dental Care  today to get answers to your questions about hybrid dentures and how they could benefit your smile.

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