How do you know if you might need a root canal? There are some noticeable signs and symptoms you need to know about. Having root canal therapy can save you from needless pain, and can save your tooth and your smile. Drs. Joseph and Theodore Gargano at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, offer root canal therapy to help you and your smile.
You will need root canal therapy when the innermost layer of your tooth, an area called the pulp, becomes bruised or damaged. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to your tooth are located. When this area becomes compromised, inflammation and fluid builds up inside your tooth. The fluid buildup causes tooth pain, which can be severe.
Some of the reasons you may need a root canal include:
- Severe tooth decay which has penetrated the pulp of your tooth
- Dental trauma from an accident or injury
- Repeated tooth stress due to grinding, clenching, or biting hard substances
- Repeated dental trauma for any reason
When inflammation of the pulp happens, you may notice signs and symptoms like these:
- Pain that increases when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain that continues even after dental treatment is completed
- Pain that radiates to your jaws, face, or head
- Sharp pain when you bite down or chew
- A white or red bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
- Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
- Your tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it
If you notice these signs or symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist. Dental x-rays and temperature testing are two important ways your dentist can tell if you need root canal therapy.
If you do need a root canal, it’s easier than you think. Your dentist simply creates a tiny opening in the top of your tooth and removes the diseased tissue through the opening. A sedative filling is placed inside your tooth. This material will eliminate inflammation and pain. After your pain has subsided, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material and your tooth is sealed up with a small filling.
Root canal therapy is the way to eliminate tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Your smile is important, and root canal therapy can save it. For more information about how root canal therapy can help you, call Drs. Joseph and Theodore Gargano at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, today!
While dentures won’t last forever they can certainly last many years before needing to be relined or replaced. How you care for them will also determine how long they last. We know that once our North Haven, CT, family dentists Drs. Joseph and Theodore Gargano give you your dentures you will want to do whatever it takes to keep them looking and feeling their best. Here are some tips on how to care for your partial or full dentures.
Be gentle with your dentures: While your new teeth are made from durable, high-quality material they are still prone to damage. Be careful not to bend or break the clasps, especially when cleaning the dentures. Before handling your dentures it’s a good idea to place a towel on the surface so that if you do drop your dentures they are less likely to break.
Clean dentures after eating: Just as you should brush or at least rinse your mouth out every time you eat in order to dislodge food from between your teeth the same rule applies for denture wearers. Place a towel down on the counter or fill a sink with water and then run water over the dentures to remove any food.
Clean your mouth before putting dentures back in: You should also use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clean any natural teeth, as well as your gums, cheeks, and tongue to remove any bacteria or denture adhesive before placing your dentures back in your mouth.
Brush dentures daily: Along with rinsing your dentures between meals it’s also important that you actually clean them properly, too. Using a gentle denture cleanser and a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush the false teeth to remove any food or plaque. Make sure to also remove any adhesive that may be stuck to the dentures. It’s important to remove dentures from your mouth prior to cleaning them and to never clean your dentures while you are wearing them, as the cleaning products can be toxic.
Soak your dentures overnight: You should never wear your dentures to bed. Before bedtime, place your dentures in water or a denture solution to help them stay moist and to maintain their shape. If you have questions about how to store your dentures don’t hesitate to ask your North Haven, CT, dentists.
If you are dealing with tooth loss in North Haven, CT, then it’s time to turn to a dental team that can restore your smile. If you want to find out more about getting dentures, dental implants, or bridges call Gargano Family Dentistry today.
When you have a smile that you can be proud of, it makes you feel more relaxed and comfortable when socializing and handling your professional affairs. It’s worth your while to explore cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Joseph Gargano and Dr. Theodore Gargano. A number of helpful treatments, some that only require one visit, are available at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
It’s very likely that your North Haven, CT, dentist will have more than one cosmetic option to offer you that will give you your smile back. Here are a few of the most common procedures:
- Dental bonding, to reshape the tooth and fill in small gaps.
- Tooth-colored fillings, to ensure that when you talk or laugh, dark spots caused by cavities aren’t visible.
- Tooth whitening, for extrinsic dental staining.
- Veneers and crowns, to rebuild and reinforce weak or unattractive teeth.
- Orthodontics, including “invisible” braces that you can remove to eat or converse.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Helps You
Living day-to-day with an unsightly smile can have a wide range of repercussions for a patient, including loss of self-confidence in your appearance and social anxiety. It can also affect how much effort you put into caring for your teeth and keeping up with regular dental visits. When you glance at your smile in the mirror or when taking a photo, you should feel happy about how it looks and do everything possible to keep it looking beautiful.
A Beautiful Smile is a Healthy Smile
The more you love your smile, the more you’ll take the necessary steps to preserve it and keep it in tip top shape. Here are a few ways you can ensure that your smile stays brilliant, white, clean, and healthy for a long time:
- Make a routine out of brushing and flossing—once in the morning, once at night, and after meals.
- Watch your teeth closely for signs of plaque or tartar buildup—have it removed promptly by your North Haven, CT, dentist at your next cleaning.
- Avoid biting into dark-colored, acidic foods and beverages as much as possible or rinse soon after eating—they can cause staining and enamel erosion.
Get Your Smile Back
No matter how imperfect your smile may be, Dr. Joseph Gargano and Dr. Theodore Gargano at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, can help. Schedule a date and time to visit, by calling (203) 239-2356 or (203) 239-0678 today!
As health care professionals, the staff at Gargano Family Dentistry not only cares about your smile; we are dedicated to providing our patients with health care information for the whole person and encouraging our patients to be as healthy as they can be. That is why it is important to remind everyone that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. Cancer screening saves lives. Screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening also helps finds this cancer early, when treatment works best. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened as recommended. If you are 50 years old or older, get screened now. If you think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about when to begin screening, which test is right for you, and how often to get tested.
Questions to ask your health care professional:
- Do I need to get a screening test for colorectal cancer?
- What screening test(s) do you recommend for me? Why?
- How do I prepare? Do I need to change my diet or my usual medication before taking the test?
- What’s involved in the test? Will it be uncomfortable or painful?
- Is there any risk involved?
- When and from whom will I get results?*
We encourage all our patients to talk with their physician about age appropriate screening for all cancers.
For more information on colorectal cancer visit: www.cdc.gov/screenforlife or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) For TTY, call 1-888-232-6348.
*information courtesy cdc.gov.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!
In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month this February, we're sharing some of the important facts that earned this health issue its own month.
Did you know that cavities or tooth decay is one of the most common health issues affecting children in the U.S.? In some places, it has an even greater impact on children and their families than asthma.
Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Studies show that school-age children and youth in the U.S. miss 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems. These absences can mean losing critical learning time, especially in the early grades when foundational skills are being developed. What's more, students that experience oral health pain are 4x more likely to have lower GPAs than their peers that don't.
The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay. When oral health problems are treated and students are not experiencing pain, their learning and school attendance improve!
Prevention is key
Parents can help prevent cavities and promote good oral health by ensuring their children:
- Brush teeth at least 2x a day with a fluoride toothpaste. In addition, try to brush after meals.
- Clean between the teeth with dental floss-your hygienist or dentist will be happy to show you how.
- Avoid sugary foods including soda and juices.
- Get dental sealants as soon as permanent teeth grow in. 80% of the cavities children get are on the chewing surface of their teeth. Dental sealants help to protect against these cavities, but very few children have at least one sealed permanent tooth. Talk to your child's dentist to see if dental sealants are a good option for them.
- Fluoride has been proven to be the most effective way to prevent cavities. Unfortunately, many Americans do not get enough fluoride from their water especially in recent years where most people choose bottled water. Talk to your dentist about other ways to make sure your children are getting enough fluoride to protect their teeth.
- A child's 1st dentist visit should happen by the 1st birthday.
- Replace toothbrushes every 3 months. Allow the toothbrush to dry between uses.
- Visit the dentist every 6 months
The staff at Gargano Family Dentistry are happy to answer any questions concerning your child’s oral health. Give our office a call at 203-239-2356, or visit our website, www.garganofamilydentistry.com
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