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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.
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.
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!