Over the years, your Cupertino and West and South San Jose, CA dentist has performed a number of restorative procedures on a lower left molar. Now, you lost a significant portion of that tooth, and it's starting to hurt. At The Dental Dimensions, Dr. Shetty, Bhatia and Yoneyama often recommend root canal therapy, or endodontics, to restore heavily damaged teeth, relieving pain and infection. Do you need a root canal?
Your tooth structure
Each and every one of your teeth has important structural elements:
- Highly calcified tooth enamel
- Softer, yellow dentin which also contains tubules capable of transmitting sensation to the interior of the tooth
- Interior pulp made up of blood vessels, supportive tissue and nerves
- A unique place in your mouth
Because of that unique place in your mouth, your tooth is indispensable. After all, tooth loss weakens teeth which adjoin a gap, compromises biting, chewing and speech and prematurely ages facial features.
So because your tooth is so important, your Cupertino and West and South San Jose dentist will endeavor to save it. Root canal therapy could do just that.
The root canal process
Endodontic therapy removes diseased and injured pulp. Taking just two one-hour appointments at The Dental Dimensions, this restorative treatment will preserve your tooth and extend its lifespan indefinitely.
The process starts with digital X-rays and a visual inspection of the tooth and its surrounding gums. These steps pinpoint exactly what's happening with your tooth. Often, ailing teeth exhibit more than cracks, chips or pain, they also may cause:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Jaw swelling
So it's important for your dentist to diagnose your tooth's condition accurately and then, if warranted, proceed with the root canal.
To do this, the dentist isolates the tooth with a rubber dam, dries it and administers numbing medication. Then, they open the tooth and cleans each of the tooth's root canals with small files. The dentist rinses the canals, disinfects them and seals them with a rubbery putty called gutta-percha. A temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals over the subsequent week to ten days.
When you return to The Dental Dimensions, your dentist will remove the cap and bond a new porcelain crown in place. You can expect your symptom-free and beautifully realistic tooth to last for years to come. Just brush twice daily and floss once a day as the American Dental Association recommends. Also, come to the office twice a year for your routine check-ups and hygienic cleanings.
Find out more
You may be able to keep that tooth. So find out during a restorative dentistry consultation at The Dental Dimensions serving Cupertino and West and South San Jose, CA. We have two locations to serve you. For the Prospect Road office, call (408) 252-3212. For Cahalan Avenue, call (408) 225-6815.
When you and your child visit the dentist for regular checkups, an emphasis will be put on keeping up with oral hygiene at home. Dental hygiene is something that should be taught to children at a very young age. Learn more about how to keep your child's teeth healthy. Also, explore a few tips that will help ensure that your next pediatric dentistry appointment at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose, CA is a positive one.
Your Child’s Oral Hygiene Routine
Children don’t know much about oral hygiene, which is why many of them often develop cavities and other dental problems. When they eat snacks, candy, and sugary drinks, the last thing that may be on their minds is brushing their teeth afterward. However, a regular oral care hygiene will allow them to enjoy their favorite treats without the fear of cavities and decay.
When Should It Start?
As soon as your child is able to brush and floss on his or her own, you should start teaching him or her about regular oral hygiene. The earlier this routine starts, the more likely it will become second nature to your child as he or she gets older. Generally, the process will start around age three. Before that age, you are responsible for ensuring that the child’s teeth are brushed and flossed on a regular basis.
Oral Hygiene Tips
When you visit The Dental Dimensions, a pediatric dentistry in San Jose, CA, for a checkup with your child, your dentist will fully advise you on the proper tooth and gum care. In the meanwhile, here are a few tips on how to teach your child good oral hygiene:
- Make brushing time fun. Play your child’s favorite song, preferably one that lasts over two minutes while you both brush together.
- Show your child how to properly floss by doing it yourself.
- Mix more good, healthy snacks into your child’s diet. Cheese sticks are high in calcium. Crunchy veggies like carrots and celery are also good for the teeth.
Get Help at Your Local Pediatric Dentistry
A San Jose, CA dentist will help you make sure that your child has good oral health throughout his or her young life. Call (408) 225-6815 or (408) 252-3212 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia, or Dr. May Yoneyama.
Small gaps can be attractive in some patients, but when a gap is large or tooth-sized, you may want to consider cosmetic help from a dentist. In some cases, a gap can control the way you feel about your teeth and make you feel insecure. Take back your smile with the help of dental implants and the team at The Dental Dimensions in West and South San Jose, CA.
The gaps in your smile that are left by missing teeth can be hard to live with, and not just for aesthetic reasons. You need your teeth for healthy digestion and to protect your gum health. The layers of bone tissue in your jaw will eventually go away after a period of time if the gap isn’t filled, so gaps in the smile can contribute to loss of facial structure. While dentures can only superficially fix a gap, dental implants help resolve all of those issues.
Your West and South San Jose dentist can get gaps under control and restore your smile with dental implants. Because implants fill the space beneath the gumline all the way up to the crown, you can chew with confidence—there’s no fear of the dental device falling out at an inopportune time. Your bone tissue will remain strong and viable. Best of all, the crown can be designed to look exactly like your other teeth in color, size, and shape.
Dental Implants Are a Reliable, Long-Lasting Solution
You can count on dental implants to fill in your smile gaps for an extended period of time. Once an implant heals through a process called osseointegration, it becomes a permanent part of your mouth. It will continue to support a dental crown for as long as you take care of your gums.
A Happy Smile with Dental Implants
You should feel positive about your smile. If gaps are holding you back, contact Dr. Deepak Shetty, Dr. Kavita Bhatia, and Dr. May Yoneyama of The Dental Dimensions to ask about dental implants. Call (408) 252-3212 today to schedule an appointment at the West San Jose, CA location on 20445 Prospect Road or (408) 225-6815 for the location at 5710 Cahalan Avenue in South San Jose, CA.
Dental technology and treatment techniques have made leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and as a result, more people are keeping more (and in many cases all) of their natural teeth for most of their lives, well into old age. But despite the progress, the American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that close to half of all American adults are missing at least one tooth, with millions more living with complete tooth loss. But the good news is that gum disease - the leading cause of tooth loss in adults - is largely preventable with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental care. The dentists at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose and Cupertino, CA, recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam and professional cleaning.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in South San Jose, CA
Tooth decay and gum disease, like many health problems, are largely preventable and treatable when caught in the early stages. The first step in protecting your teeth and gums is to brush and floss every day, avoid smoking, which can increase the risk of developing gum disease and make dental problems harder to treat, and to eat a healthy diet. When combined with yearly dental check ups and cleanings, your oral hygiene routine is the most important factor in keeping your teeth and gums healthy year after year. But the good news is that it is never too late to commit to a solid oral hygiene routine. Even if you have neglected your dental health in the past, picking back up where you left off by scheduling an appointment with a dentist and incorporating flossing into your daily routine will help to get you back on track.
Find a Dentist in South San Jose, CA
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best insurance policy against tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. For more information and to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and professional cleaning, contact our office by calling 408-225-6815 for our South San Jose office, or 408-252-3212 for our West San Jose/Cupertino location.
What your dentists in South and West San Jose want you to know
When you take care of your child’s oral regimen, you are helping to maintain the oral health of your child. When you help the oral health of your child, you are also taking an important step to guard your child’s overall health too!
How do you take care of your child’s oral regimen? Your dentists at The Dental Dimensions are here to help answer that question. They have two convenient office locations in San Jose, CA, to serve your family’s needs.
Your child is never too young to benefit from oral hygiene. In fact, your child is at risk for tooth decay right after the first tooth erupts. That’s why it’s important to remember to never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice because your child’s teeth will be bathed in sugar all night long!
Ideally, your child’s oral regimen should include brushing after meals and before bed. You can teach your child to brush by taking a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Tell your child not to swallow the toothpaste. Stand behind your child with both of you looking in the mirror. Using a gentle, circular movement, brush all surfaces of your child’s teeth and along the gumline while your child is looking in the mirror. Your child should demonstrate the technique back to you.
Flossing can be taught around the age of four when your child has better hand dexterity. Your child should watch you floss and then try flossing while looking in a mirror. Floss picks are often helpful when your child is first learning how to floss. Floss picks are available in kid-friendly shapes and sizes. By the age of eight, your child should be flossing independently on a daily basis.
Taking care of your child’s oral regimen is an important and rewarding part of maintaining health. For more information about pediatric and family dental health and treatment, call your dentists at The Dental Dimensions in South and West San Jose, CA. Call today!
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