Posts for: February, 2019
A root canal treatment is a common procedure performed by dentists and endodontists (specialists for inner tooth problems). If you're about to undergo this tooth-saving procedure, here's what you need to know.
The goal of a root canal treatment is to stop tooth decay within a tooth's interior and minimize any damage to the tooth and underlying bone. This is done by accessing the tooth's pulp and root canals (tiny passageways traveling through the tooth roots to the bone) by drilling into the biting surface of a back tooth or the "tongue" side of a front tooth.
First, though, we numb the tooth and surrounding area with local anesthesia so you won't feel any pain during the procedure. We'll also place a small sheet of vinyl or rubber called a dental dam that isolates the affected tooth from other teeth to minimize the spread of infection.
After gaining access inside the tooth we use special instruments to remove all of the diseased tissue, often with the help of a dental microscope to view the interior of tiny root canals. Once the pulp and root canals have been cleared, we'll flush the empty spaces with an antibacterial solution.
After any required reshaping, we'll fill the pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling called gutta-percha. This rubberlike, biocompatible substance conforms easily to the shape of these inner tooth structures. The filling preserves the tooth from future infection, with the added protection of adhesive cement to seal it in.
Afterward, you may have a few days of soreness that's often manageable with mild pain relievers. You'll return for a follow-up visit and possibly a more permanent filling for the access hole. It's also likely you'll receive a permanent crown for the tooth to restore it and further protect it from future fracture.
Without this vital treatment, you could very well lose your tooth to the ravages of decay. The time and any minor discomfort you may experience are well worth the outcome.
If you would like more information on treating tooth decay, 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 “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
Find out the advantages of having a family dentist that you can turn to in both Lisle and Naperville, IL.
Nothing is lovelier than seeing your family smile. Of course, regularly witnessing this requires prioritizing proper dental care for each member of the family. To assure that your household is full of healthy smiles, our family dentist in both Lisle and Naperville, IL, Dr. Sathya Medanaga, is here to help. Here’s what you can enjoy when your entire family comes to our office for dental care:
Promote Better Oral Health
When you have a dentist you can trust, you are more inclined to come in for checkups and cleanings when you need to. You may also be more likely to call us or visit our office if any issue arises. Having a family dentist means that you have someone who can care for your entire family’s health all of the time. This also equates to,
Easy appointment scheduling for the whole family: Whenever possible, we can try and organize cleanings for your entire household on the same day, making it so that so you don’t have to come into the office more than you need to.
Urgent care when you need it: Accidents happen and isn’t it a comfort to know that our dentist is available whenever you need help? Call our office and we will make sure that you take top priority. Dental emergencies are stressful enough—let us make it easier to get the problem fixed.
Quality preventative care: Our goal is to provide you with the preventive care you need to reduce your risk for developing cavities, gum disease, and other common dental problems. By coming in twice a year for cleanings, the whole family can maintain good oral hygiene and health.
Tailored treatment: We understand how important it is for each and every one of our patients to feel heard and understood. We also know how important it is for us to know everything about our patient’s health and medical history. Here at Meda Dental, we cater to your needs and really get to know you and your health so that we can provide safe and effective care time and time again.
Give us a call!
If you are living in Lisle or Naperville, IL, and want a family dentist that everyone can turn to for routine checkups, cosmetic treatment, restorative dentistry, or orthodontics. then call Meda Dental today to schedule an appointment: (630) 416-8080 for the Lisle office, or (630) 352-4141 for the Naperville location.
Long ago dental work could be painful and stressful—often for both patient and practitioner. Thankfully, that time is long past: today, most procedures are painless in large part due to local anesthesia.
Local anesthetics are numbing substances applied to specific areas of the body like the teeth and gums to temporarily block pain during a procedure. And because they only affect a localized area of the body, you remain conscious and alert throughout the procedure.
To achieve the level of numbing necessary for dental work, we often need to deaden the gums using a needle to deliver the anesthetic. But then this poses a secondary pain concern—the needle stick itself.
Again, topical anesthesia comes to the rescue in the form of a swab, patch or spray applying an anesthetic directly to the top layer of the gums at the injection site. This numbs the area and prevents you from feeling the needle stick. It's highly probable, therefore, that from start to finish you won't feel any discomfort during your dental work except perhaps for a little pressure.
Local anesthesia truly is a game changer for dental care—and not just for the patient. A dentist who's concerned about their patient's comfort level may work hurriedly to complete a procedure. But if their patient is relaxed, the dentist can work calmly and methodically. The result is better, more focused care.
For all its improvements in the patient experience, though, there has been one consistent complaint—the numbness that often lingers for a while after the procedure is over. But there have been advances in recent years that have helped reduce this irritation: new anesthetic agents (even some that can reverse the anesthetic effect) and fine-tuned dosages can help keep residual numbing to a minimum.
Not all procedures like routine teeth cleanings or enamel shaping require anesthesia. But when it's appropriate, local anesthesia can make your next dental visit much more pleasant.
If you would like more information on how anesthesia benefits your dental care, 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 “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”