Misinformation concerning root canal treatment has led to many misconceptions about the procedure. In part, a root canal sounds both a little vague and complicated to the uninformed. However, root canal treatment or therapy, is an extremely well understood, predictable, safe, and highly successful treatment that is used as an alternative to tooth extraction. A root canal procedure is a common treatment performed by Dr. Gary Robison DDS.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth the root canal system. The cleaning and filling of an infected root canal is root canal treatment. A root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth when there is an infection that is affecting the nerve in its root. If you imagine a system of tributaries feeding a larger river you can understand the root system inside a tooth. There may be small accessory canals present feeding the larger root. Dr. Gary Robison removes any tooth decay and makes an opening through the natural crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. After cleaning the canals, the Dr. Robison will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. Root canal treatment from an experienced Mesa Family Dentist greatly increases the chances that the full length of the canal will be treated and that complications will be reduced.
The reality is the pain associated with not having a root canal performed is far worse than having root canal therapy. When one experiences tooth pain or has a deep cavity, Dr. Gary Robison may determine that a root canal procedure is necessary. You may have to wait a few weeks, or even months, before the pulp canal is filled. Dentists usually prescribe antibiotics prior to getting the root canal done, as well as an anti-inflammatory. Post root canal pain normally only lasts a few days, and then settles down. The dental procedure for a root canal is performed on one to three office visits.
If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain but fear those two little words, contact your local general dental office, Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ @ 480-924-2300 before a more serious problem develops.
There is clearly a need to raise public awareness towards oral cancer and the risk factors for developing the disease. Regular dental visits can play an important role in the early diagnoses and treatment of oral cancer. The oral cancer screening process is incredibly simple, painless, takes no more than 10 minutes and can help your dentist identify issues early.
All dentists are trained to and should perform visual mouth cancer screening at every examination. The outlook for mouth cancer can vary depending on which part of the mouth is affected and whether it has spread from the mouth into surrounding tissue. Mouth cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the tongue and lips.
Once you have discussed symptoms, your dentist will use gloved hands to check your mouth, including the sides of your tongue and underneath, inside your cheeks and they will feel along your jaw looking for any signs of swelling, lumps, or red (erythroplakia) or pale (leukoplakia) patches or mouth sores. The doctor wants to know the exact location and size of the malignant tissue, and in what extent it has spread in other areas of the mouth or neck.
Some dentists may use special tests to screen for oral cancer. A couple of these oral cancer screenings may involve:
• Shining a light in your mouth during an exam. The light makes healthy tissue appear dark and makes abnormal tissue appear white.
• Rinsing your mouth with a special blue dye before an exam. Abnormal cells in your mouth may take up the dye and appear blue.
• Using a special brush to obtain cells from areas of the mouth and possibly the throat and lips. These cells are then viewed under a microscope to determine if they’re abnormal.
Men over the age of 45, along with elderly patients, have the highest risk of developing oral cancer. Regular screening for oral cancer is among the most important services provided to you at the dental office. Ensure that you keep regularly scheduled visits with your dentist and do your part to take your oral health seriously!
To schedule your routine cancer screening today , please call 480-924-2300 or visit the Robison Dental Group’s website
Mesa Dentist Gives Top 4 Oral Hygiene Traveling Essential Tips
Summer is here! For most of us, summer is the ideal time for vacations! But just because you’re taking a break doesn’t mean you should leave proper dental care at home. Travel can divert us from our healthy dental routine, which can take its toll on our teeth and our breath. Dealing with your teeth is as essential as everything else you will do during your travels. So, what can you do
to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best while away? It’s easy! You just need the right game plan and these four essential items:
1. A Water Bottle
Always travel with a water bottle. Having a dry mouth can increase the measure of cavity-causing bacteria in our mouths. Flush with water after drinking soda or juice. This will help dispose of any remaining sugar and acid in your mouth. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth well after each snack or meal. In addition to diluting any sugars and acids in your mouths, rinsing your mouth will help prevent bad breath! This tip is beneficial for both, your oral and social health.
2. Tooth-Friendly Snacks
Road trips also include lots of delicious foods, and you deserve to indulge a little – it is a vacation after all. Just be smart. Another issue during travel is dry, stale mouth caused by long travel times without eating. Skipping meals and inserting long stretches of time between eating decreases healthy saliva stimulation. Carry healthy, tooth scrubbing snacks like apples, celery, and carrots. These foods will help your mouth clean itself, resist plaque, and stimulate saliva production.
3. Sugarless Chewing Gum
Once we have embarked on our adventure, whether business or pleasure, making a stop to brush our teeth simply isn’t on the agenda. It just isn’t always feasible to brush after every meal. Fortunately, chewing sugarless gum will freshen your breath and rinse away food particles. Keeping you fit for travel.
4. Oral Care Basics
As you’re packing your suitcase, remember your oral health basics: floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Toothbrush caps are great for protecting brush bristles from germs and damage in your luggage. But you also need to make sure your brush stays dry – a brush that stays wet breeds bacteria. If you can, take your toothbrush out of its travel case when you reach your destination.
Whether your summer arrangements include travel or not, great oral cleanliness is an essential part of staying healthy. If travel is in your near future, keep in mind the best insurance is to have your teeth at their best before you leave.
We hope these tips will come in handy the next time you travel. Do you have any travel tips YOU would like to share? We would love to hear your ideas!
Thanks for being brilliant patients and friends!
Robison Dental Group
Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?
You would like to enjoy your hot coffee or that bite of frozen yogurt but the pain is sudden and sharp, and shoots deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. For some, even inhaling a breath of fresh air is enough to cause excruciating pain. If this sounds like you, you may have sensitive or hypersensitive teeth.
Reasons for Sensitive Teeth
From chipped or cracked teeth, worn tooth enamel, or gum disease, there are many reasons people develop sensitive teeth. Typically, sensitive teeth are the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. The outer layer of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard, porous, mineralized tissue. A strong layer of enamel covers the visible portion of your teeth, while the roots are protected by cementum, a layer that is not quite as hard as enamel. The underlying layer of the tooth, called the dentine, is a porous layer with many tiny channels running through it to the nerve in the center. When the dentine loses its protective covering, teeth are at even greater risk of exposure to extreme temperatures, acids and sugar.
Treating Sensitive Teeth
The best way to avoid dental problems is by taking care of your teeth regularly. However, if you already have sensitive teeth you still have options. You can use special toothpaste designed to block sensation to the nerves or Dr. Gary Robison DDS can apply a fluoride gel that can also block sensation to the nerves with the added benefit of strengthening enamel. Depending on the reason for your sensitive teeth, Dr. Gary Robison DDS may be required to use more invasive solutions like performing a root canal, gum graft, or providing you with a restoration (inlay, crown).
You can keep your teeth from developing major problems when you develop a regular dental care routine that includes proper oral hygiene habits and routine appointments with Mesa Dentist Dr. Gary Robison DDS.
If you’re not sure about the best way to protect your teeth, or if you have sensitive teeth, contact Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison DDS of Robison Dental Group @ 480-924-2300 or General Dental Services for a consultation.