Do You Need an Endodontic Therapy Referral?

Do You Need an Endodontic Therapy Referral?

Endodontic Therapy is a specialized area of dentistry that treats the inside or the pulp of the tooth. Advanced Endodontics in Beverly Hills are the specialists in pulp therapy treatment and if you are dealing with a toothache that just won’t budge, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist for an endodontic therapy referral. Below are a few signs to look for that could indicate the need for endodontic therapy Pain While Chewing If you are experiencing sharp pain when you chew it could mean a cracked or chipped tooth, a cavity, or all three. Tooth pain when you eat means that you may have an infection in the pulp of your tooth. If this has happened to you, you may need root canal therapy. Tooth Sensitivity According to Advanced Endodontics of Beverly Hills, f you experience sensitivity when you expose your teeth to cold and hot foods and drink, you could have a cracked, chipped, or infected tooth. Leaving sensitive teeth to their own devices could cause more serious issues including a dangerous abscess. If this is happening to you, call your dentist for an endodontic therapy referral. Red Painful and Swollen Gums If your gums are tender, swollen, red or bleeding it could be an indication that something more serious is going on with your teeth. An infection inside of your tooth could spread to your gums and bone. An abscess in your tooth will usually require endodontic therapy. In some cases, you may not experience any symptoms at all. When the pulp has degenerated and the nerves have died, you will not be in...
Too Much Tooth Whitening Could Lead to Endodontic Therapy

Too Much Tooth Whitening Could Lead to Endodontic Therapy

Too much tooth whitening can lead to tooth decay, and if you have been avoiding the sensitivity that you think is caused from the gel you got from your local pharmacy, that pain that you feel when you have your morning coffee could be more serious. That sensitivity could be a cavity. If you have tooth decay, gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease, endodontic therapy may be required before you whiten your teeth. You can’t improve the appearance of your teeth if you start with a shaky foundation. If you have a toothache that you have been avoiding because you thought it was your tooth whitening product, you may want to think again. Tooth whitening is popular, so popular it is what people seek out first when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Has Tooth Whitening Always Been Popular? Tooth whitening can be traced back to the day when the ancient Romans relied on goat’s milk and urine to whiten their teeth while the Egyptians mixed a paste made with wine vinegar and ground pumice stone. Physicians in the 12th century recommended a rub using salt and sage. Scrubbing with an Elecampane flower was also popular back in the day. Tooth Damage from Over Whitening These days it’s easy to whiten your teeth with over the counter tooth gels, polishes, pastes and strips not to mention the tooth whitening mouth rinses that are so popular. However, those over the counter products aren’t as strong as professional whitening products and can be overused. Overuse can cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Previous dental restorations can also be at risk with...
Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums During The Holidays

Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums During The Holidays

For healthy teeth and gums during the holidays, it is important to watch what you eat and drink. The holidays mean parties, frivolity, and of course, food and fun. However, that buffet table could cause problems for your teeth and gums. Avoiding tooth decay and a possible root canal infection is possible if you watch what you eat and drink over the holidays. According to Dr. Jeff Berlin and Dr. Megan Rustad, steering clear of the following food and drinks can help your teeth and gums stay healthy during the holidays. Champagne and other Fizzy Drinks Champagne, mimosas and other fizzy drinks will be flowing during the festive season. If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy avoid the punchbowl. Drink water, or if you must have a toast, drink a glass of water after indulging. Hard Candy If sucking on a candy cane or butterscotch keeps you away from those other unhealthy foods, you may want to reconsider. According to Advanced Endodontics Beverly Hills, hard candy can break, chip, or crack a tooth. Hard candy is also full of sugar, which can damage the enamel on your teeth. Cookies, Cakes and Pies It may be difficult to stay away from your favorite Aunt’s fruitcake, but the sticky fruit and cake is bad for teeth and gums. Those dates, figs, candied cranberries and other fruit in the cake can stick to the grooves and fissures at the back of your teeth, not to mention the starchy cake that can hang around as well. Rinse with water after eating if you must indulge. Spirits Alcoholic drinks can cause...
You Can Avoid Endodontic Therapy

You Can Avoid Endodontic Therapy

As Endodontic Specialists, both Dr. Jeff Berlin and Dr. Megan Rustad understand the importance of healthy oral hygiene habits, and although Advanced Endodontics Beverly Hills specializes in Endodontic Therapy, there are some things you can do to avoid Endodontic Therapy If you follow the Advanced Endodontics Blog, you will know that an infection of the root canal can be quite painful and can lead to a dangerous abscess or even worse. If the pulp inside your tooth is diseased and left untreated the roots in your teeth could fill with pus spreading dangerous bacteria throughout your body. Root canal infections can also lead to swelling around your face and neck and structural damage to the tooth. Tooth decay is the number one reason people get root canal infections. When your tooth decays, it penetrates deeply into the enamel and dentin in the tooth. Bacteria usually cause tooth decay, which leads to plaque and tartar. Another reason you may need root canal therapy is trauma. If the tooth in question has been worked on repeatedly, or an injury, such as a knock in the mouth has occurred, an infection of the nerves, tissue and blood vessels could happen. Chips and fractures in your teeth could also cause a root canal infection. Avoiding Root Canal Infections Beverages Dr. Berlin and Dr. Rustad recommend steering clear of foods and beverages that are high in acid and sugar. Skip the energy and sports drinks and drink water. Fruit juices are loaded with sugar as well. Juicing at home can cut your sugar intake in half. Starches Keep starches to a minimum, as they...
Root Canal Therapy Isn’t That Scary

Root Canal Therapy Isn’t That Scary

Those two little words, “Root Canal,” can make some people cringe with fear, but as Advanced Endodontics Beverly Hills explains, it’s about as uncomfortable as a simple filling, especially when you work with an endodontic specialist. What is an Endodontic Specialist? Dentists who specialize in the tooth pulp or the soft tissue in your teeth are known as Endodontists. Although all general dental practitioners are trained to diagnose and treat the nerves and tissue inside your teeth, there are some teeth that are just too difficult to treat or even diagnose, and that is where Advanced Endodontics Beverly Hills comes in. On top of dental school, endodontists need to complete at least two or more years of advanced endodontic training as the study of root canal therapy procedures and techniques goes into much greater depth. Why do I need a Root Canal? If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, deep decay or too many dental procedures in one tooth, there may be pulp damage even if you cannot see the cracks or chips. Keep in mind, that you not have any pain or discomfort what so ever. Signs to look for include: Pain Tooth Sensitivity Tenderness Swelling Tooth Discoloration Pain or tenderness when touching and/or chewing What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment? You will be given a local anesthetic before a thin sheet of latex, known as a, “Rubber dam,” will be put over the tooth that is to be treated to keep it clean and dry. Depending on your particular case, you may need up to three dental appointments to complete your root canal therapy treatment....