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What is a root canal?

August 21st, 2019

A root canal entails the removal of the nerve supply from a tooth. If you know the purpose of a root canal, the process may seem a little less intimidating.

Drs. Bharathi and Bassili will explain the steps in person before your scheduled root canal. Here are some reasons why you may need one and how it will be done when you visit our Camas office for your appointment.

Let’s look at the parts of a tooth. Teeth are made up of layers. The outside is the enamel you see, which is composed of minerals. The middle layer is called dentin. It is less dense and made of calcified tissues.

The center of the tooth, also known as the pulp, holds the nerves and blood vessels. When a tooth has decayed or been infected all the way down to the pulp, a root canal is used to remove and replace the root with a filling.

A cavity, sudden trauma, severe cracks, or other events that may cause nerve damage can start an infection of the root of your tooth. You may notice an infection if you experience abnormal pain, swelling, sensitivity, or change in tooth appearance.

Don’t hesitate to contact our Camas office to schedule an examination if you notice these symptoms. We may need to take X-rays of the problem tooth to find out if a root canal is necessary.

Once an appointment is scheduled for a root canal and we’re ready to begin the procedure, you’ll be given anesthesia to keep you comfortable. The problem tooth will be isolated and sterilized. We work to remove all the infected area after that.

The treatment will include getting rid of nerve tissue and blood vessels, then filling in the spot where the nerve used to be. A crown is placed over the area to secure enamel from breaking down in the future and prevent the potential loss of the tooth. The root canal can block the possibility of having your tooth extracted due to decay or infection.

If you have further questions about root canals or notice any new issues in your mouth, please don’t hesitate to call our office and speak with a member of our staff. We’d be happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment for you to come and get your problem tooth checked out.

Don’t forget: You can avoid having to undergo a root canal if we catch the problem early on!

Should You Get Dental Veneers?

August 14th, 2019

Dental veneers are a popular treatment to improve the appearance of your smile. Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team want to help you understand whether this dental option is right for you.

Veneers, also known as laminates, are custom-made shells that cover the front of your teeth. They can change the color, size, or length of each individual tooth. The process can require between one and three trips to our Camas office to complete.

This treatment is usually done for people who want to change the appearance of their smile: they can get rid of stains, gaps, or chips. Here at Radiance Dental, we know how getting veneers can dramatically change your smile and help improve your confidence.

Your initial appointment entails preparing the teeth and creating an impression. The impression will help us design each veneer to the exact shape and color you desire. You’ll come back in a week or two to have the veneers placed. Your veneers should last about ten years, as long as you practice proper care and hygiene.

There are plenty of benefits to getting veneers, but you should be aware of the potential downsides of this procedure. This process is irreversible and the veneers cannot usually be fixed. If they chip or crack, they’ll need to be replaced.

It is also possible for veneers to fall off due to excessive pressure from nail biting or chewing on ice. If you grind your teeth a lot, you’re more likely to expose your veneers to damage, which can be costly to repair.

In order to know whether veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment at our Camas office for a consultation. We can decide what you’re looking to do with your smile and if this is the best option for you.

Happy Gums, Happy Heart!

August 7th, 2019

Medical doctors and dental health professionals, like Drs. Bharathi and Bassili, have debated over the connection (or lack thereof) between gum disease and heart disease. While there still is no unanimous consensus on whether there is a link – or the extent to any link there may be – several studies offer some interesting insight into possible correlations that may prove that there are some common factors that point to a likely correlation between the two.

Could there be a link between gum disease and heart disease?

Dr. Simone Ricketts reported on the findings of an Australian study of 80 patients in Profile Magazine. That study showed that 70% of the patients who participated in the study and needed heart transplants also had gum disease. She noted that other studies show a similar pattern, indicating that patients who needed heart transplants or other cardiac surgery procedures, were more likely to have dental problems.

Not Just Heart Disease Linked to Gum Disease

It isn’t just heart disease that experts are linking to periodontal disease, however. More and more evidence is showing that many chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes can be linked to periodontal disease. Poor oral hygiene resulting in gum disease was evident in blood tests that showed positive markers for inflammation.

Experts looked at a combination of over 120 medical studies focusing on a link between dental health and heart health. The findings of that research were published in the Journal of Periodontology and the American Journal of Cardiology. While there was no agreement on a definitive link, the research showed some promising results, and offer information that may be helpful to both dental health professionals and their patients.

On its own, gum disease increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) showed that gum disease increases the risk factor for blood vessel and artery diseases when those arteries supply blood to the brain.

This is especially important for strokes because they are a common cause of inadequate blood flow to the brain. Data from another study of 50,000+ people found a higher risk of stroke among people with gum disease and tooth loss.

The study did, however, show two very important connections between gum and heart disease:

  • Both the gums of people with gum disease and the blood vessels of people who had atherosclerosis tested positive for similar types of bacteria.
  • Both patients with atherosclerosis and those with gum disease showed the presence of inflammation in their bodies.

Patients need to understand the importance of taking care of their mouths and doing whatever is necessary to ensure or support heart health – even if there is no guarantee that doing so will prevent either disease.

Healthy summer snacks for your mouth, and you!

July 29th, 2019

 

We like to think of summer as the most relaxing time of the year. The days are longer, making them seem endless, as well as warm and cozy enough to nap anywhere, at any time. However, sometimes we get a little too comfortable and forget to make the best choices for our mouths when choosing the right snacks on the go for ourselves and the little ones.
So we have a quick list of recommendations for go-to choices for better and life lasting healthier smiles.

Here they are:

• Top go-to are fruits and vegetables; They are full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber to keep us full longer. Keep cool and hydrated with any of the melon’s like watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew. Some of our favorites are apples and blueberries. Or go with snap peas, celery sticks, or carrots.
• Nuts; Almonds, peanuts, cashews and more are amazing for dental health. Most nuts help maintain healthy gums and teeth. The extra chewing it requires produces plenty of saliva, which cleanse and neutralizes the pH levels in your mouth to avoid cavities. Additionally, chomping on naturally abrasive foods massages gums and cleans between teeth.

• Dairy products are important for good overall health and that’s why string cheese made the list. It’s fast, tasty, and good for you. The calcium in cheese, and other dairy products, help put back minerals your teeth might have lost.

• Dark chocolate. We understand that candy is always a must for some so if you’re that person we recommend chocolate. The reason is because it’ll dissolve quickly avoiding saturating your mouth with sugar causing bacteria to sit on your teeth. It’s best to stay away from sticky and chewy candies. Also don’t leave your chocolate in a hot car. It’ll get messy and stuff.

• Unsweetened and non-carbonated beverages. Skip the bubbles and sugar and go for h2o or teas. Try going with tap water rather than bottled because in most cases it’s fluoridated which helps strengthen your teeth’s enamel to prevent decay unlike bottled water. If you’re unsure if your tap water is fluoridated call your water provider for information. Teas are simple to brew at home, whether you prefer hot or cold, they come in a variety of flavors to quench your thirst.

All are a great smile healthy snack choices, and the best part is they’re easy to pack and store for on the go. We’d love to hear some of your favorite summer healthy snacks.

If you still haven’t had your summer dental check up give us a call to schedule yours and your family’s visit at our E. Vancouver and Camas, WA location to have Dr.Bharathi examine your summer smile’s. We're conveniently located off of 192nd on 34th St behind QFC Camas, WA.