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How Long Does A Root Canal Last?

How Long Does A Root Canal Last?

Even if you’re not sure what a root canal is, you may still feel a shiver of dread at the thought of getting one. Root canals get a bad rap, primarily because people who need them are already in pain due to an infection. But the truth is, the procedure itself shouldn’t cause you pain and is really no different than other procedures, like getting a cavity filled. You may feel some sensitivity for a few days following the procedure but most people manage this easily with an over the counter painkiller. Why Get A Root Canal? If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, a root canal is a good option to save the infected tooth from being extracted. It’s typically considered the most effective and comfortable way of saving a diseased tooth. If the tooth is not saved and needs to be extracted, a bridge or an implant can be used in its place. How Successful Are They? Root canals are typically over 95% successful. Once the dead or damaged pulp is removed and the area cleaned and filled, you will be pain-free. Depending on the position of the tooth and your circumstances, a crown is usually applied over the tooth to strengthen it and prevent cracking, especially if it’s a tooth that takes a lot of wear from chewing. Sometimes Infection Can Recur Even the most perfectly done root canal can become infected again, usually because there is dormant bacteria at the end of the root or because infection has spread beyond the tooth and into the bone. We understand how frustrating this can...
Should I Get Crowns Or Veneers On My Front Teeth?

Should I Get Crowns Or Veneers On My Front Teeth?

If you’ve got damaged teeth or you’re looking to improve your smile, you may be wondering what the best option is. We hear this question from patients often when they need to repair or improve their front teeth. While every patient is different and we always want to look at each person individually and holistically, these are some general guidelines that can help you understand the benefits of each. How Do They Look? Both crowns and veneers can provide you with a completely natural look that is color matched to the particular tone of your other teeth and can be shaped to look perfectly at home in your mouth. In fact, depending on your needs, you may even be able to mix and match crowns with veneers and they will be indistinguishable from each other. Do You Grind Your Teeth? While veneers can restore the beauty of ground teeth, they may not be the best option. These porcelain laminates adhere to your existing tooth, which makes them susceptible to being worn down or even popping off. Crowns on the other hand are a solid milled fit and are a more secure choice for grinders. If you have veneers and find that they keep falling off, it may be time to consider crowns. However, if you’re willing to wear a night guard to protect your veneers, then they can still work as long as they’re otherwise a good choice for your circumstances. Keep in mind that grinding can cause larger problems with your bite that should be corrected first. You want teeth that look great but you also want teeth...