Posts for: May, 2019
Each year thousands of people develop sinus infections from various causes. But there's one cause for sinusitis that might surprise you—tooth decay.
Tooth decay begins when the acid produced by oral bacteria erodes a tooth's enamel protection to create a small hole or cavity. Left untreated, the infection can move into the inner pulp of the tooth and tiny passageways leading to the roots called root canals. The decay can then infect and break down the structure of the supporting jawbone.
This could affect the sinus cavities, hollow air-filled spaces in the upper portion of the face. The maxillary sinus in particular sits behind the cheek bones just above the upper jaw. Tooth roots, particularly in back teeth, can extend quite near or even poke through the floor of the maxillary sinus.
If decay affects these roots, the bone beneath this floor may begin to break down and allow the bacterial infection to enter the sinus. We call this particular kind of sinus infection maxillary sinusitis of endodontic origin (MSEO), "endodontic" referring to the interior structure of teeth.
While advanced decay can show symptoms like pain or sensitivity with certain hot or cold foods, it's also possible to have it and not know it directly. But a recurring sinus infection could be an indirect indication that the root of your suffering is a deeply decayed tooth. Treating the sinus infection with antibiotics won't cure this underlying dental problem. For that you'll need to see a dentist or an endodontist, a specialist for interior tooth issues.
The most common way to treat deep tooth decay is with root canal therapy. In this procedure, the dentist enters the decayed tooth's pulp (nerve chamber) and root canals and removes the diseased tissue. They will then fill the empty pulp and root canals with a special filling and seal the tooth to prevent future infection. The procedure stops the infection and saves the tooth—and if you have MSEO, it eliminates the cause of the sinus infection.
So, if you're suffering from chronic sinus infections, you might talk with your dentist about the possibility of a tooth infection. A thorough examination might reveal a decayed tooth in need of treatment.
There's no doubt treating dental problems can improve your health. But because the mouth is among the most sensitive areas of the body, many dental procedures can be potentially uncomfortable after treatment.
We rely on pain medication to alleviate any dental work discomfort, especially during recuperation. Our arsenal of pain-relieving drugs includes strong opioid narcotics like morphine or oxycodone which have effectively relieved dental pain for decades. But although they work wonders, they're also highly addictive.
We've all been confronted in the last few years with startling headlines about the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping across the country. Annual deaths resulting from opioid addiction number in the tens of thousands, ahead of motor vehicle accident fatalities. Although illegal drugs like heroin account for some, the source for most addiction cases—an estimated 2 million in 2015 alone—is opioid prescriptions.
Dentists and other healthcare providers are seeking ways to address this problem. One way is to re-examine the use of opioids for pain management and to find alternative means that might reduce the number of narcotic prescriptions.
This has led to new approaches in dentistry regarding pain relief. In a trend that's been underway for several years, we've found managing post-discomfort for many procedures can be done effectively with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. They don't share the addictive quality of narcotics and are regarded as safer when taken as directed.
There's also been a recent modification with using NSAIDs. Dentists have found that alternating the use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen often amplifies the pain relief found using only one at a time. By doing so, we may further reduce the need for narcotics for more procedures.
The trend now in dentistry is to look first to NSAIDs to manage pain and discomfort after dental work. Narcotics may still be used, but only in a secondary role when absolutely needed. With less narcotic prescriptions thanks to these new pain management protocols, we can reduce the risk of a dangerous addiction.
Root canal therapy often has a negative connotation for many patients, but the truth is that it is the best possible solution for a tooth that has been declining in health. It removes the source of dental pain and decay so that the outer tooth enamel and root can stay healthy and viable—that's right, contrary to what pop culture says, root canals relieve pain! Read on to learn more about this treatment, and call 1st Choice Dental Care in both Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, if you think that you might need care.
What Does a Root Canal Do?
The inside of a tooth is full of nerves, soft tissue, and pulp. If bad bacteria enter the tooth, it can corrode the soft tissues and eventually cause the tooth to loosen from its socket. A root canal removes diseased tissue so that it doesn’t have a chance to rot through the root of the tooth and cause tooth loss. The inside of the tooth is filled with a substance called gutta-percha, a plastic material that prevents future damage. The repaired tooth is then covered with a protective dental crown.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that you may need a root canal from one of our offices in Kennesaw or Woodstock:
- Throbbing tooth pain that disturbs your day.
- A black spot on the tooth, indicating a cavity that has progressed to inner tooth decay.
- Mouth odor that you can’t neutralize with mouthwash or brushing.
Dental Sedation Options Will Put You at Ease
Many patients hesitate to go to the dentist for a root canal because they’re worried about discomfort. If this sounds like you, make sure to discuss sedation options with your dentist. At our offices, we can use topical, oral, inhalation, or IV sedation depending on the severity of your dental issue and anxiety.
Restore Health to Your Tooth
The best thing for your dental health is to keep your original tooth—something made possible with root canal therapy. Call (678) 293-8773 today to set an appointment with a caring dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw or Woodstock, GA!
Everyone wants a beautiful, straight smile, but not everyone wants to wear unremovable metal braces for multiple years to get it. Luckily, depending on the current positioning of your teeth and your dental health, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign! It’s an alternative, inconspicuous orthodontic solution offered by the dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA.
How Invisalign Treatment Works
Metal braces are the conventional way of arranging your teeth into a better position so that you can chew solid foods better and look more attractive. The brackets are bonded to each of your teeth before being connected with a wire and, in some cases, adjusted using rubber bands. While it is certainly effective, it does take a long time and makes your smile look metallic. Invisalign has the same goal but uses clear plastic aligner trays to accomplish it. These trays have a custom shape that encourages your teeth to move into the desired position.
What Invisalign Can Do for You
Invisalign can give you the straight, well-aligned smile that you want while also ensuring that you don’t have to compromise the way your teeth look during the treatment. Compared to braces, Invisalign also allows for more freedom on a day-to-day basis. You can take the trays out so that you can eat, brush normally, or have an intimate chat with someone important. Modern trays are made with eruption tabs to accommodate patients who have back molars that haven’t grown in yet.
Invisalign May Be a Choice for You
Patients who have major orthodontic problems may not be the best candidates for Invisalign. However, if you have any of the following issues, ask your dentists in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA, about this treatment:
- Small gaps or spaces between the front teeth.
- One tooth pushing against another tooth.
- Tooth crowding and overlapping.
Call for a Consultation
Every patient isn’t an ideal candidate for Invisalign braces over metal braces, and you will have to visit a dentist to determine which treatment is right for you. Call (678) 293-8773 today to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock or Kennesaw, GA.
1st Choice of Woodstock is a proud to announce that we are a nominee for Best Dentist in Woodstock again this year! Our amazing patients helped Around Woodstock Magazine choose us as a “Best of Woodstock” winner in 2018. We here at 1st Choice Dental of Woodstock would love to have your vote again!
Truly we are so appreciative of the honor of even being nominated! We take this award seriously because when potential new clients find our site and see that badge, it helps them to understand the positive connection we already have with our current patients like you.
If you would like to help us out and vote for 1st Choice and staff as the best “All Around Woodstock Dentist” here is the link to the ballot. You can vote until May 10 at 5pm.
You can also vote more than once. So we hope you will come back and click the link again.
Our clients have shared many wonderful reviews with us in the past and we hope you will take the time to help us out with this vote for 2019 Best Dentist of Woodstock.
Here a few of the great client reviews for 1st Choice Dental:
“As apprehensive as you may be making a dental appointment, this practice will make the appointment as comforting as you have ever experienced. Dr. Vaughn hires experienced dental assistants who make sure you are totally prepared for the pain medications before they are injected. You don't feel a thing!”
Daniel S., January 2017, taken from Google Reviews
“Love this place and these people! I broke a crown and needed to get in quickly. I was able to schedule online. They can do SAME DAY/one appointment crowns - amazing. Very high tech and the easiest fitting ever…
They prepared a detailed treatment plan, including all costs and applied my insurance benefit. They made sure I understood (a) what was going to be done and (b) what my bill would be...
WHAT I LIKE BEST about this practice is that everyone is friendly and welcoming. It feels like everyone working there is HAPPY to work there. It creates a very comfortable, relaxed patient experience. I am so happy to have found a new dentist!”
Jill K, April 2019, taken from Facebook Reviews
Make 1st Choice of Woodstock Your First Choice
We strive to offer gentle care, on-time appointments and a fun experience while you are here (at the dentist!) Our friendly staff and up-to-date technology help us guarantee that. If you would like to be a patient at 1st Choice of Woodstock, Marietta or Kennesaw you can go to our website and click “Schedule Online” or call us at 678-293-8773.