Root Canal

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The words "root canal" are usually associated with pain and discomfort, and cause many of us to cringe when we hear of someone having one done, or when we are told that we need to have one. Of course we know and understand that the procedure is beneficial to our oral health, but the horror stories have already been told, and until we have a first hand experience, it will always be a dreaded procedure. 

Usually when the tooth has a small cavity, a filling may be all that is needed to restore the functionality of the tooth. However, there are times when the tooth is so badly decayed or infected, that the nerve of the tooth, and the pulp which is in the center of the tooth also becomes infected and/or damaged. This is when a root canal becomes necessary. If treatment is not sought at this time, then it will get to the point where extraction of the tooth is necessary. At Russellville Family Dentistry, our goal is to avoid extractions and save your natural teeth. Extractions lead to gaps in the mouth which causes the other teeth to shift, and eventually this can affect your bite and lead to other problems. 

So what exactly do we have to look forward to during a root canal? During the procedure, the pulp and the nerve of the tooth are removed, and the inside is then sealed and cleaned. Usually a crown is put on to protect the underlying tooth. Having a damaged nerve in the tooth alone does not suggest that a root canal is necessary. The nerve's only function is sensory - determining hot or cold. However, when the pulp and the nerve tissue become damaged, it breaks down and this causes bacteria to form in the pulp chamber. This can lead to one getting an abscessed tooth, and can eventually lead to swelling around the face and neck and severe toothache.

For more information on root canal, and how we may help you save your teeth, contact us at Russellville Family Dentistry, 479-968-1706, today!

Keeping Gums Healthy By Eating Healthy

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We have always been told about the importance of brushing and flossing in the promotion of healthy gums, and also that we should try to stay away from all the sugary foods that contribute to tooth decay. However, not too often are we told about that foods that are good for our teeth and gums!

There are a lot of food that are rich in the vitamins that are very essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth:

Foods rich in Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the the normal structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A , can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get Vitamin A from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

 

Foods rich in Vitamin C:  

Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage and is vital in the promotion of healthier gums by preventing the gums from breaking down. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of fresh fruits including citrus fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Foods rich in Vitamin D:  

Vitamin D is essential in preventing the inflammation of gums which can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While plenty of sunlight aids in the body's production of Vitamin D, you can get additional Vitamin D from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.

For more questions about how you can maintain and promote healthy gums, make an appointment with Dr. Michael Kitchens at Russellville Family Dentistry today.