What are the warning signs that you may need root canal treatment? Is a root canal really necessary? What happens if you don’t get a root canal when you need one? These are all questions our Plymouth, MI, dentists Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang hear often. In order to protect and preserve your oral health here’s what you should know about getting root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy?
This endodontic procedure goes inside the tooth to remove an infected dental pulp and to clean out any bacteria that is present to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. A root canal is designed to save a tooth by stopping the source of the infection and preventing it from spreading. A root canal is preferable to having the tooth pulled, as treatment is quicker and far less invasive. If one of our Plymouth, MI, family dentists has told you that you need a root canal it’s important that you don’t put off treatment.
What are the signs of root canal therapy?
While not all people will experience symptoms it’s important that you come in for a dental checkup if you notice:
- A toothache that gets worse when biting, chewing, or putting pressure on the tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to extreme temperatures or sugar
- Swollen, tender gums around the affected tooth
- A pimple on the gums
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
It’s important that you seek treatment right away, as many of these issues are considered dental emergencies.
What should I expect from root canal treatment?
Contrary to what you may have heard, root canal therapy is really no more invasive than getting a tooth filled after a cavity. We will numb the area beforehand with local anesthesia. Once the area is numb we will make a hole in the hard outer layer of the tooth so that we can reach the inside of the tooth.
Once inside, we will disinfect the tooth and carefully remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp (the source of your toothache). Some people experience immediate relief after the infected pulp has been removed. After the tooth has been disinfected, we will seal up the root canals and inside of the tooth with a special material. We will also need to take impressions of the tooth so that we can create a dental crown that will fit precisely over the tooth to protect it.
Johnson & Trang Dental wants to make sure that every patient living in Plymouth, MI, gets the comprehensive dental care they need. Whether you think you may need root canal treatment or you just need to schedule a routine checkup, call your dentists today.
Dental crowns have been around almost as long as the practice of dentistry itself, but modern crowns have been improved to function and resemble a natural tooth as much as possible. They remain a standard choice for restoring large portions of lost tooth surface due to decay or trauma, for cosmetic improvement, and to replace missing teeth with a dental bridge. Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang, the dentists at Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI, offer a number of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options.
Dental Crowns in Plymouth, MI
Crowns are also commonly referred to as caps because they are literally a cover that is placed over the remaining portion of a damaged tooth. One of the most common uses for dental crowns is in cases of severe tooth decay, where a cavity is so large and so much tooth surface has been lost that it can't be restored with a standard filling. Crowns can also strengthen weak or fractured teeth, and make a broken tooth whole again after trauma or an accident.
Crowns can also restore a missing tooth through a dental bridge, which consists of two abutment crowns on either side of the restoration to anchor the bridge in place using the surrounding teeth.
When are Dental Crowns a Good Option?
Like all restorations, crowns are more appropriate for certain situations than others. The dentist will suggest the best dental restoration for your situation depending on the severity of the damage and the location of the tooth. Crowns are typically recommended to fortify and strengthen a weak or decayed tooth or to cover extensive cosmetic damage.
Find a Dentist in Plymouth, MI
For more information about dental crowns and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, contact our office by calling (734) 455-4070 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Trang today.
Straightening your teeth used to be a very public event. No matter where you went, your metal braces were on display. These days, Invisalign offers a much more subtle straightening option. Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang of Johnson & Trang Dental offer the orthodontic treatment at their Plymouth, MI, office.
No one has to know you're straightening your teeth
Thanks to Invisalign, only your Plymouth dentists need to know that you're improving your smile. Invisalign aligner trays are made of clear plastic to ensure that your orthodontic appliance isn't the first thing people notice when you speak or smile. The trays fit over your teeth snugly, which helps make them practically invisible.
Invisalign treatment is appropriate for many orthodontic issues
Whether you want to close gaps between your teeth, eliminate crowding or correct an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite, Invisalign is an excellent option. The treatment is just as effective as ceramic or metal braces in correcting mild to moderate orthodontic problems. If your problems are severe or complicated, you may need to wear metal braces.
Invisalign eliminates adjustments
Changing the tension of your brace wires improves the alignment of your teeth when you wear ceramic or metal braces. Although adjustments are absolutely necessary, they can cause a little discomfort for a day or two. When you wear Invisalign aligner trays, you won't need any adjustments. Your trays realign your teeth by exerting constant pressure on them.
You'll wear each set for about two weeks, then begin wearing the next set in the series. Trays are designed to be worn for 20 to 22 hours per week, although they can be removed for short periods if you're attending a special event or participating in a sport.
Like popcorn? You won't have to give it up
Removing popcorn kernels from brace wires can be an uncomfortable, time-consuming task. That's why dentists recommend you avoid the snack food and foods that may damage or loosen wires and brackets. Changes to your diet aren't necessary when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. Before you pick up your fork, you'll remove your trays. Once your meal had ended, you'll rinse your trays and place them back in your mouth.
Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call your Plymouth, MI, dentists, Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang of Johnson & Trang Dental at (734) 455-4070 to schedule your appointment.
You've heard people mention dental implants and how much they've improved their smiles. You'd like to replace a missing tooth and wonder if you should investigate dental implants. The answer is yes! At Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI dental implants fully restore smile strength, appearance and performance. How can a tooth replacement do all that? Read here about the benefits dental implants offer to people just like you.
Who needs a dental implant?
Millions of healthy adults across the country have benefited from dental implants. When a smile is damaged by decay, gum disease, accident or other problem, dental implants fully replace missing teeth. In addition to spanning smile gaps, implants from your Plymouth dentists, Dr. James Johnson or Dr. Flora Trang, actually increase the size and strength of the jaw bone, something conventional bridges and dentures cannot do.
Comprised of a titanium implant screw, or cylinder, a metal alloy extension post and porcelain crown, the single-tooth dental implant looks, feels and acts just as a real tooth does. Plus, when exercised by biting and chewing, the implant places pressure on the jaw bone and further enhances osseointegration.
Osseointegration is a natural process which bonds human bone to titanium, the key component in dental implants and many joint replacements, too. Conventional dentures and fixed bridges do not offer this amazing benefit because they only rest on gum surfaces and do not penetrate the jaw bone. As a result, tradition tooth replacements slip, irritate and frequently need replacing.
The other benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are a great option because:
- Implants have a success rate of more than 97 percent as reported by the Institute for Dental implant Awareness.
- Implants typically are a one-time replacement and last for decades.
- Implants are versatile and may be used to support bridges, partials and fixed or removable full dentures.
- They rarely fail as long as patients keep them clean and get routine check-ups and cleanings with their dentists.
- They keep surrounding natural teeth in place, avoiding mobility, misalignment and more.
From root to crown, there's nothing like a natural tooth. However, dental implants from Johnson and Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI definitely are the next best thing, improving your smile for decades. For your implant consultation, please call the office at (734) 455-4070.
Do you feel like your smile could benefit from a boost? Teeth whitening is a surefire way to ensure that your teeth become brighter, whiter, and more beautiful. Find out more about teeth whitening and how it can improve your smile with Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang at Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dental procedure which gives your teeth a brighter, whiter appearance. Though over-the-counter varieties of teeth whitening kits can provide some level of results with continued use over weeks or months, the results are not as quick as the type we offer here. We are able to create custom trays fitted directly to your teeth and offer a higher concentration of whitening gel so you see results quicker.
What can I expect during a teeth whitening procedure?
During your procedure, your dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower arch. This is a quick process and takes less than a half hour appointment. The custom trays are made in-house and will be ready to pick up along with your special concentration of whitening gel in one business day.
Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?
A good candidate for teeth whitening does not have teeth decay or gum disease. Whitening procedures do not work on porcelain restorations like crowns or bridges, meaning that patients with visible restorations or veneers should alert their dentist so they can make the proper adjustments to avoid an uneven coloring.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Plymouth, MI
If you think you can benefit from professional teeth whitening, you should consult with your dentist to determine that this cosmetic procedure is right for you. Though your results are quick, they are not permanent. Most teeth whitening patients will use their trays once a year or so to maintain the whitened appearance of their teeth.
For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang at Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI. Call (734) 455-4070 to schedule your appointment!
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