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Root Canal Treatment: Not So Bad

Smile Head TiltThe bacteria responsible for tooth decay will go as far as they can to wreak mass havoc on your dental health. Left to their own devices, they will spread, reaching your dental pulp and putting your entire tooth in danger. Fortunately, root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) allows dentists to intervene at this stage and preserve the tooth’s structure so you don’t have to face replacement. You may fear the words “root canal,” but Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, wants to make sure you know that these procedures are not as bad as you may presume.

The Need for Root Canal Treatment

When tooth decay progresses to a tooth’s pulp and roots, the root canals become infected. This is like shutting down the highways that make commerce possible within your teeth. In essence, your tooth is very much in danger at this point. If left untreated, infection will continue to spread, and tooth loss is likely. The infection may spread into other parts of your mouth or jaw, or even into other parts of your body.

The Root Canal Procedure

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When to Wear a Dental Mouthpiece

Discovering Bruxism

sore jaw 4Do you grind your teeth? If you said “no,” are you positive about that? Oftentimes, people grind their teeth during their sleep without realizing it. In fact, some people have been unfortunate enough to discover a bruxism (teeth grinding) habit only when a tooth breaks. Thus, it is important to know the symptoms of bruxism so that if you are grinding your teeth, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, can provide you with a dental mouthpiece to protect your teeth. Some of the most common symptoms of bruxism are frequent sensitivities in teeth, and a sore jaw. It is also pretty common for the jaw to pop or click when it opens and closes when bruxism occurs frequently. In addition to these symptoms, bruxism may be identified visually, which is why it is important to attend regular dental visits to your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson. Bruxism may leave teeth looking flattened or worn down, signs which Dr. Johnson can identify through visual inspection of your teeth.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: The Value of Root Canal Treatment

smile at compAn untreated cavity can quickly become a more serious issue. The bacteria that created the cavity can burrow deeper inside the tooth, accessing its pulp. Once they reach the pulp, these bacteria can cause an infection that puts the life of the tooth in peril. However, tooth loss is not the only risk that is associated with an infected tooth. Even if the tooth is lost, there is no guarantee that the infection will die with it. It may spread into the jaw, throughout the mouth, and even into the rest of the body, causing illness. In a few uncommon cases, infections have spread to the brain, causing death.

With so many potential consequences, it is important that an infected tooth receive treatment quickly after the infection is discovered. To remove the infection from teeth, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, can perform root canal treatment. A simple and effective procedure, root canal treatment removes the infected pulp from a tooth, thereby preserving it.

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Des Moines IA Dentist Answers Your Questions about Dental Crowns

dental crownsDo you grind your teeth? If untreated, this habit may damage your teeth to the point that they need to be reinforced by dental crowns? But what exactly are dental crowns? And why does teeth grinding create a need for them? Get the answers to these questions and more below as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson answers your most frequently asked questions about dental crowns.

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Des Moines IA Dentist Explains the Purpose of a Dental Filling

smile 3We all know that cavities are bad and that the purpose of homecare and dental visits is to prevent them. But what risk do they pose to our oral health? And what happens if a dental filling is not placed? Get the answers to these questions and more below as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, takes a closer look at the purpose of a dental filling.

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