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Posts for: April, 2018

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
April 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When you have a sore throat and fever, you know it's likely strep. If you've twisted your ankle and it's difficult to put weight on it, a sprain is root canalthe first thing that comes to mind. But when it comes to dental issues, it can be difficult to know the cause of your discomfort or other symptoms. For many people, these problems can be resolved with a root canal, a therapeutic procedure that removes the inner tissues of the affected tooth and restores its form and function with a crown. While the following signs aren't definite indications that you need a root canal, Dr. Adel Mansour wants his patients at Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry serving Kissimmee and Hunters Creek, FL, to know when it's time to contact him for an evaluation.

Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can happen for a variety of reasons, but if you're repeatedly experiencing a painful tingling sensation that radiates from one of your teeth, a root canal from your Hunters Creek dentist may be necessary. That's because sensitivity can indicate that decay has reached the dentin, which is located underneath the hard, protective outer coating of the tooth known as the enamel. If you have ongoing tooth sensitivity, particularly when you eat or drink hot or cold things, don't delay in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Mansour.

Pain

Unless a toothache resolves within a day or so, it can be a good indication that it's time to see your Hunters Creek and Kissimmee dentist right away. This is especially true if you have pain while biting down. Cracks or breakage on a tooth can cause this pain, but a root canal can fully restore your tooth and resolve your discomfort.

Abscess

The natural response of your immune system is to rid the body of infection, so if your tooth's inner tissues have been affected by decay, you may develop swelling and pain on the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth. You may also have a bump, similar to a pimple or boil, that develops on the gums. This is called an abscess, and it's a clear sign that you need to call Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry immediately.

If you've been experiencing any of the above signs, please don't hesitate to call Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry serving Kissimmee and Hunters Creek, Florida. Dr. Adel Mansour will evaluate your condition and make the proper recommendations.


By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
April 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
WhatYouShouldKnowAboutVeneersforTeenagers

Porcelain veneers are a great way to enhance an unattractive smile. But are they appropriate for teenagers? The answer usually depends on a patient’s current development stage and the type of veneer used.

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth. But even though quite thin, they can appear bulky if we don’t first remove some of the tooth’s enamel surface. This is irreversible, so the tooth may require a restoration from then on.

This could be a major issue for teens whose permanent teeth are still developing. During this period the tooth’s central pulp is relatively large and the dentin layer not fully developed. As a result, the pulp’s nerves are often closer to the surface than in an adult tooth. This increases risk of nerve damage during veneer preparation; if nerve damage occurs, the tooth could ultimately require a root canal treatment to save it.

On the other hand, some types of veneers don’t require tooth alteration (or only very little) beforehand. These “no-prep” or “minimal prep” veneers are best for certain situations like abnormally small teeth, so we must first determine if using such a veneer would be appropriate for your teen.

In effect, we’ll need to weigh these and other factors before determining if veneers are a safe choice for your teen. That being the case, it may be more advisable to consider more conservative cosmetic techniques first. For example, if enamel staining is the main issue, you could consider teeth whitening. Although the often amazing results eventually fade, whitening could still buy some time until the teeth have matured to safely apply veneers.

Slight deformities like chipping can often be corrected by bonding tooth-colored composite material to the tooth. In artistic hands it’s even possible to create a full veneer effect with very little if any tooth preparation. How much we can apply, though, depends on tooth size, and it won’t be as durable as a porcelain veneer.

With that said, veneers could be the right solution to enhance your teen’s smile. But, we’ll need to carefully consider their dental situation to ensure their new smile remains a healthy one.

If you would like more information on cosmetic solutions for smile appearance problems, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: bone loss  
BoneLossattheRootscanPutYourToothinDangerofLoss

There’s more to teeth than meets the eye. Hidden beneath the visible crown are the tooth’s roots set within the jawbone, secured and protected by the gums from bacteria and infection. But if the gums shrink back (recede), the roots become exposed and susceptible to disease, especially at the points where multiple roots branch from each other, areas called furcations.

It all begins with periodontal (gum) disease caused by built-up bacterial plaque from insufficient brushing and flossing. The infection triggers inflammation that over time weakens gum tissues. They begin to detach from the teeth, which can eventually lead to gum recession and root exposure.

This also causes bone loss, especially at the furcations. We can detect any loss (known as a furcation invasion) and how far along it may be with x-ray imaging or by manually probing with an instrument called a periodontal probe.

There are three general classes measuring furcation invasions. In the earliest, Class I, we can feel the invasion as a slight groove; in Class II, it increases to two or more millimeters across. In Class III the bone loss extends from one side of the root all the way to the other (a “through and through”).

At this stage a patient is in danger of losing the tooth, so we’ll have to act promptly. This means first removing accumulated dental plaque and calculus (tartar) to stop the infection and allow the gums to heal. With severe damage, we may need to assist healing with bone and gum tissue grafting, in which we place donor grafts to serve as scaffolding for the appropriate tissue to grow upon.

You can help prevent this situation by practicing effective daily hygiene and visiting your dentist for thorough cleanings at least twice a year (or more if recommended). And at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—make an appointment as soon as possible to have it checked. The sooner we can detect and treat gum disease, the less likely a furcation invasion or worse will be in your future.

If you would like more information on gum disease diagnosis and treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.