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. So what exactly do we have to look forward to during a root canal?

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.

During the root canal, the pulp and the nerve are removed, and the inside of the tooth 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.

Here at our office, we are dedicated to doing everything we can to make this procedure as painless as possible. We know that people have genuine fears and we are here to provide you with as much information as possible to help ease those fears. Please feel free to come in and talk with our dentists about the best options available for you.

 

Receding Gums

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Receding gums, to most people is a vanity issue. They worry about what their smiles are going to look like, and how others will look at them. However, it becomes much more than that when the causes and possible outcomes are brought to light; it can be a serious health risk.

Causes of receding gums

In many cases, receding gums, also known as gingival recession, refers to the exposure of the roots of the teeth due to the loss of gum tissue. The most common cause for the loss of gum tissue, is gum disease , or periodontitis. This begins when plaque, formed by bacteria,  accumulates on teeth and gums. When plaque is not removed daily, it produces toxins that irritate the gums. Eventually, these toxins destroy the tissues of the gums, causing them to separate from the teeth (recede) and form spaces called pockets.

Progression of receding gums

The loss of gum tissue is more common in adults, but often begin the early stages as teenagers. Healthy gums are usually pink, tight to the teeth, and has a scalloped or curved appearance. The early stages of problem is characterized by red or swollen gums that are tender and bleed easily when brushed. At this point, it is reversible and can be detected by your dentist during regular checkups. As the disease progresses, it can destroy the bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth. The teeth may become loose and have to be removed by a dentist. When the disease get to the advanced stage of peridontitis, there is usually a sever case of bad breath, inflammation of the gums which may contain pus, and the teeth get so lose that they fall out.

Dangers of receding gums

While the most obvious danger of having receding gums is the eventual loss of teeth, there are many more serious health risks that can be associated with this.  Receding gums is known as the “Silent Killer” because is the gateway of serious afflictions, such as periodontal disease which has been proven to be linked to much more serious conditions. Among these are heart disease, heart attack, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes, and even  premature and underweight babies. Taking care of receding gums, and getting treatment in the early stages is extremely  important in helping to maintain the overall health of your body.

Treating receding gums

It has been said that the best treatment to any condition is prevention. However, many are not aware of  the risks of receding gums, until they are already affected. Regular dental checkups help with early detection, and further recession can be prevented by regular flossing and brushing. However, it may be too far gone where this will help. Depending on the stage of the disease, gum recession can be treated by  surgically moving healthy gum tissue to the areas where the gum has receded. This procedure is usually done in the dental office with local anesthetic.

 

 

Getting The Smile Of Your Dreams With CareCredit.

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The biggest hindrance to many people getting the dental care they need is the financial obligation involved. Many  do not have insurance to cover most dental procedures and are faced with out of pocket expenses that are just too much for them.

CareCredit may be the answer to their problems. It is a personal line of credit to be used solely for healthcare services. CareCredit various monthly plans where the user will have a certain length of time to pay for their procedure. instead of having to come up with the full payment at the time of treatment.

However, CareCredit is not for everyone. It is a credit card, and is approval is based on past credit history from the  applicant(s). Many doctors offer CareCredit to their patients because they want to continue to offer the best care necessary. Your Cerritos Dentist offer CareCredit as one of the finance options as they are very sensitive to the fact that in today's changing economy, many people have different financial obligations and being unable to pay for treatment in full will deter many from getting the necessary care required.

Come or call us to discuss all financial options which may be available to you!!!!

 

Your Child's First Dental Visit

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Many parents often wonder at what age should they first take their child to the dentist. Many are very surprised that pediatricians suggest that the first visit should be by the first birthday!! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit should be scheduled between the eruption of the first tooth, and the first birthday.

Since national studies are showing that cavities are increasing in pre-school children, it is important, now more than ever to start early preventive methods to avoid cavities. The developing teeth of infants are affected by pacifiers, teething, bottles, feeding methods, thumb sucking, gum cleansing, and also flouride levels in the mouth. That first visit is important not only for the child but as an education session for parents to be more effective in promoting good dental health for their child.

During the first dental visit, the child's teeth, jaw and gums are examined. Parents are shown proper positioning for child to do a thorough cleaning, and cleansing procedures are demonstrated. The dentist would look for any potential problems and the overall oral growth and development of the child will be checked and assessed. Also, the child's medical history will be reviewed and any preventative measures necessary will be discussed with parents.

It is a good idea to have dental visits scheduled before problems develop. That way, they can be kept short and that will help with the child becoming more relaxed in the dental environment.

 

 

Rebuild Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

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Dental veneers are used as a form of cosmetic dentistry to correct tooth enamel that is worn, discolored, chipped or cracked, or uneven tooth spacing. While creating beautiful, bright smiles, they also protect the surface of the already damaged teeth which may eliminate the need for further treatments.

 

Veneers are made with different materials, including composite resin and porcelain. Porcelain Veneers has been known to be used for the more serious cases of damaged teeth. These veneers have also been proven to last up to 16-20 years!

 

Porcelain veneers  can be made as thin as a contact lens. They are more stain resistant than resin veneers, and are better able to  and are better at mimicking the light properties of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are also very safe for sensitive patients since there is no drilling and no removal of the tooth structure - there is no pain involved!!

So, come on in and schedule a consultation with your Cerritos Dentist and let us show you how we can improve your smile with Porcelain Veneers.

 

 

Straightening Your Smile The Clear Way

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Many adults, in the past, were very hesitant to, and even refused, to have their teeth straightened because they did not want to be seen with braces. Of course we all know that typically, braces are introduced at a younger age. Now, however, many adults have the chance to have their teeth straightened without the sightly braces, and can feel more confident about themselves while doing so.

Invisalign eliminates the metal brackets and wires that so many people dislike. Instead, smooth clear, custom made aligners are used. There is no irritation to the gums and cheeks that is often found with braces. You even get to remove the aligners when you need to eat and brush your teeth - that is something one could only dream of when wearing braces! That is not even the icing on the cake. When you’re wearing Invisalign, no one ever have to know that you are straightening your teeth!

Maintaining Invisalign is also so much more easier than braces. There will be no need  to replace brackets that have fallen off and there is no need tighten wires. In fact, the aligners are replaced approximately every 2 weeks until results are achieved. 

A major question that many people have when inquiring about Invisalign is the cost. Many will be surprised to know that the cost of the Invisalign treatment is usually comparable to that of traditional braces. Also, many insurance companies covers Invisalign just as they do the traditional braces. Many doctors also offer flexible payment plans to help their patients achieve their goals of having beautiful healthy smiles.

 

"What is TMJ Disorder?"

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Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jawbone to your skull. They are located at either sides of the head, near the ears. These joints are essential in speaking, eating and the making of facial expression. TMJ disorder occurs when there is a disruption in the proper function of these joints.

In some cases, the causes of TMJ disorder can be clear. A blow or other impact to the joint can result in dislocation of the TMJ. Another cause is arthritis which can cause inflammation of the joints, and also swelling of the surrounding tissues. Having a misaligned bite make everyday jaw movements, like chewing, take a toll on the TMJ. This can eventually cause a strain on the surrounding muscles. Many people habitually clench and grind their teeth.This places extreme pressure on the joints, sometimes to the point where there can be a dislocation of the joint. 

The symptoms of TMJ disorders will vary from person to person, depending on the cause of their TMJ disorder. For many, jaw joint pain is the most common. Many experience a popping, clicking sound when they yawn or chew. Many experience an aching pain in and around the ear because the TMJ is located near the ear. Headaches tend to occur when the muscles around the TMJ get strained. With the people who usually clench and grind their teeth, there is usually tooth aches and pain in the cheeks.

At the office of Dr. Azling and Associates, we can pinpoint the source of your pain and provide relief using the very latest in gentle, non-surgical treatments. Come in to see us today and together we will find the best treatments for you.

 

Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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