Have you ever had a tooth extracted? Congratulations if you haven't! Your Billerica, MA dentists - Dr. Barry Danzig, Dr. Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari - wish to keep their patients' smiles strong and healthy; so they work hard at preventive dentistry. However, sometimes a tooth must be extracted. Read the reasons why, how the procedure goes and what post-extraction care involves.
Losing a tooth
It causes an unsightly smile gap and reduced oral function. In other cases, extraction facilitates dental procedures such as orthodontics. Here's why your Billerica dentist may recommend extraction:
- Tooth decay and abscess While tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns and root canal therapy (for infection) treat cavities, sometimes damage is severe. If it is, extraction and replacement with a dental implant or fixed bridge is best.
- Gum disease The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that advanced periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US. When a tooth has lost substantial gum tissue and bone, it loosens, is prone to deep decay and infection and can even fall out. When a tooth is too far gone and cannot be splinted or if bone loss is too severe, extraction is the only solution.
- Trauma A deep crack or tooth avulsion may necessitate extraction.
- Orthodontic correction When teeth are overcrowded, your Billerica dentist may advise extraction of one or more healthy teeth.
- Wisdom teeth These third molars enter the mouth during adolescence, may crowd neighboring teeth or may be impacted below the gums, causing pain and infection. While prophylactically extracting wisdom teeth is debatable, all dentists agree that a troublesome wisdom tooth must be removed.
- Other medical treatments Because of their location, some teeth impede cancer therapy or other important treatments.
The process and aftercare
There are a couple of ways to extract a tooth. One is simple extraction during which the dentist injects the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. When it's numb, he or she rocks the tooth with an elevator dental instrument to loosen it. Then, the dentist grasps the tooth with a forceps to extract it. A few sutures close the site, and the patient bites on sterile gauze to quell bleeding.
Another method is surgical extraction. Most of these procedures may be performed at Grateful Dentists; however, complex cases go to an oral surgeon. During surgical extraction, the patient is numbed with a localized medication, or the dentist may elect other methods of anesthesia such as laughing gas or oral conscious sedation.
In any case, the dentist must incise the gums to extract the tooth as it may be encased in gum tissue and/or bone. Sutures close the socket.
At home, the extraction patient:
- Rinses with salt water
- Eats a soft diet
- Drinks with a straw
- Does not brush for 24 hours
- Takes over the counter analgesics
Do you need a tooth extracted?
Don't be afraid. The professional staff at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA will take care of it comfortably and quickly. Call the office today for a consultation: (978) 667-2741.
One of the most notable advances in dental technology is called CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics). It is a technology that allows your dentist to restore your smile in the same visit rather than having to come back for a second appointment. CEREC is a convenient treatment available to patients of the Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA.
A dental restoration is any device or structure meant to rebuild and shore up an existing tooth, or created to replace a missing tooth. Common restorations include dental crowns, veneers, fillings, and bridges. They add to your smile by giving it renewed strength and an improved appearance. Most modern restorations are made of quality porcelain material, but they can also be crafted from a ceramic material.
What Is CEREC?
Usually, it takes weeks for a dental restoration to be created in a lab after your impressions are made. With CEREC your dentist can create it “on the fly” while you wait in the chair. After the tooth is prepared, a CAD/CAM image is taken and loaded into the system. A piece of raw material is inserted into the CEREC device that now has information about the shape of your tooth. The machine cuts a new dental crown or veneer that’s designed just for you.
Benefits of Opting for CEREC
The team at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA is committed to helping you with the latest dental technologies. If you opt for CEREC treatment you will enjoy these benefits:
- A better looking, more naturally shaped crown, veneer, or bridge device.
- Accurate and efficient results the first time around.
- Minimal time needed for your dentist to make adjustments to the dental restoration.
Consult a Dentist About CEREC Options
CEREC is a viable option if you’re concerned about how long it will take to get your smile restored. Call the Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA at (978) 667-2741 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig, or Dr. Lili Tayari.
Jaw pain can keep you up at night and make eating and speaking painful or difficult. Our Billerica, MA, dentists, Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, discuss several common causes of jaw pain and discuss treatments that may relieve your pain.
Problems with your bite
Your bite, the way your top and bottom teeth fit together, may be the source of your pain. Bite problems can occur even if you have perfectly straight teeth. A misaligned bite can stress your jaw joints and muscles, causing considerable pain.
Grinding and clenching
Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, or even while you're awake, also stresses joints or muscles. In some cases, you may wake up with your jaw tightly clenched, but in others, you may not even be aware that you grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth not only causes jaw pain, but can also crack your teeth and damage fillings, crowns, bridges and dental implants.
Infections in your jaw or an abscessed tooth can also cause jaw pain. Infections may be accompanied by facial swelling, fever and swollen lymph glands. If you notice these symptoms, call our Billerica office as soon as you can.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Your jaw joints are made up of muscles, ligaments and bones. Misalignments or damage to any of these structures can cause TMJ symptoms. Symptoms of TMJ include jaw pain, morning headaches, clicking sounds when you open your mouth, jaw locking, ear pain and stiffness in your jaw, back and neck muscles.
How do dentists treat jaw pain?
Treatment of jaw pain depends on the cause. If you have a bite problem, braces will realign your bite, while grinding and clenching can be reduced by wearing a nightguard while you sleep. If you have TMJ, you may benefit from wearing an oral splint at night. The splint reduces pressure on your jaw and also helps improve alignment. Steroid injections or prescription pain medications may be helpful if you suffer from severe pain.
Thanks to effective treatment options, there's no need to live with jaw pain. If you experience jaw pain, call our Billerica, MA, dentists, Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, at (978) 667-2741 to schedule an appointment.
Dental implants don't just close that gap in your smile, but also provide important oral health benefits. Billerica, MD, dentists - Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari - discuss how implants will help you restore your smile.
Dental implants offer unseen benefits
A more attractive smile is one of the most important benefits of dental implants for many Billerica residents, but it's not the only one. Dental implants offer a unique advantage that no other tooth replacement option can. Implants, posts that look like tiny screws, are designed to permanently take the place of the roots of a missing tooth.
Root replacement can help you avoid multiple problems that occur after tooth loss. Your roots hold your teeth in place in your jaw, but they also exert steady pressure on your jawbone. This constant pressure is needed to keep the bone strong. After a tooth is lost, the jawbone may start to shrink if the missing root isn't replaced with a dental implant. Eventually, bone loss can become so severe that other teeth near the one you lost become loose.
Have you ever noticed a difference in the appearance of people who've lost teeth? A strong jawbone is necessary to support the muscles in your face. If your jawbone recedes, your muscles, and the skin over them, begin to droop. The problem is more likely to occur if you've lost multiple teeth. Dental implants help you avoid this unpleasant consequence of tooth loss.
Implants offer other advantages
Do you find it harder to bite and chew since you've lost your tooth? Difficulty eating can be a serious problem after tooth loss. The crown that's attached to the top of the dental implant will restore your chewing ability and help you avoid the problem. Dental implants also help keep your teeth straight by preventing nearby teeth from shifting and drifting.
Protect your smile with dental implants. Call Drs. Adam and Barry Danzig and Dr. Tayari at their Billerica, MA, office at (978) 667-2741 to schedule your appointment.
Unfortunately, many dental patients see a root canal as the enemy and think of it as a long, drawn-out and painful procedure. Luckily, this is a simple myth which your dentist can help you bust by helping you understand more about root canals and how they work. Learn more about root canals and how they can help your smile with Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA.
When is a root canal necessary?
Tooth decay begins with the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel, and works its way very slowly through the tooth until it reaches its inner pulp chamber. This chamber houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve, known as the tooth’s pulp. When decay begins infecting the pulp, it affects the tooth’s nerve and causes a toothache. If the decay has almost reached or actually reached this point, your dentist will recommend a root canal to remove the decay and infected contents of your tooth’s pulp chamber.
Does a root canal hurt?
A root canal should never hurt. Your dentist will begin the procedure by numbing the tooth, ensuring that you feel no pain. Considering that your tooth is probably painful when you walk into your appointment, this first step will likely come as a relief. Additionally, by removing the infected tissues and the tooth’s nerve, which allows it to feel pain, your dentist renders your tooth unable to feel pain, eliminating your toothache and providing you with immediate relief.
Root Canal Treatments in Billerica, MA
A root canal begins with a small access hole in the top, or crown, of the tooth. The opening allows your dentist to reach the infected contents of the tooth using specialized instruments. After removing the infection and the tooth’s nerve, your dentist cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth to ensure it is completely infection-free. Then, the tooth is filled with composite resin materials and fitted for a dental crown to protect it from further damage and stabilize your tooth’s natural structure.
For more information on root canals or what they can do for you and your smile, please contact Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA. Call (978) 667-2741 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
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