Root canals are performed when the pulp or nerve of the tooth becomes infected and inflamed due to decay or an injury to the tooth. Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian of Green Valley Dental Center, which is located in Henderson, NV, offer a complete range of dental services. Here are five signs you may need a root canal.
1. You have a toothache.
A severe toothache can be a sign of an infected tooth in need of a root canal. If you need a root canal, you may feel severe pain upon chewing or application of pressure. Some individuals fear root canals because they assume they're very painful. The discomfort experienced in the time leading up to seeking root canal treatment is painful, not the procedure.
2. Your gums are swollen.
Gum inflammation around the tooth is a sign that you may need a root canal. Swollen gums is associated with infection, although it doesn't always mean an infection is present. The gum inflammation can range from being mild to pronounced. If you need a root canal, the gum swelling will disappear after treatment.
3. Hot and cold bother you.
Hot and cold sensitivity can be a sign that your tooth requires a root canal. Tooth sensitivity causes pain when the tooth is exposed to hot and cold temperatures. After root canal treatment, your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures because the pulp has been removed.
4. You have a darkened tooth.
One discolored or darkened tooth can be a sign that your tooth requires a root canal. When the roots of the tooth have died, the tooth may turn dark yellow, brown, black, or gray. Tooth discoloration is also related to severe dental decay or trauma, so seeing your dentist for a checkup is recommended.
5. You have a bump on your gum.
A soft, pimple-like bump on your gum is a sign that your tooth requires root canal therapy. This bump may go away and then come back. The bump is a sign that there is an infection and your body is draining it out through the pimple. Your dentist can treat this by performing a root canal.
If you need a root canal, why wait? We can help you today! CaLL Green Valley Dental Center at 702-896-8933 today to schedule an appointment in Henderson, NV. Root canal treatment will eliminate your pain and help you get back to a healthy and happy life.
Versatile dental crowns offer an excellent way to restore, protect or enhance your smile. The restorations are just one of the dental services provided by Henderson, NV, dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian of Green Valley Dental Center.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns, also called caps, are hollow restorations made of durable ceramic. They slide over teeth, covering them completely. Before you receive a crown, your tooth must be prepared to ensure that the restoration fits properly. Crowns are attached with dental cement and usually last many years before they need to be replaced.
How can crowns help my smile?
Multi-purpose crowns offer several benefits, including:
- Restoration: Broken teeth are unsightly and uncomfortable. Jagged edges can cut your mouth and make chewing difficult. Whether your tooth broke due to decay, a crack, or a fall or accident, a crown can restore its appearance and function. Although fillings are usually used to repair teeth damaged by decay, they may not be a good choice if the damage is extensive. Fortunately, crowns provide an excellent restoration method when a traditional filling isn't an option.
- Protection: Crowns protect weak teeth at risk for fractures. Teeth can weaken due to cracks or may become fragile due to large fillings, root canal therapy or other dental treatments. Age may also be a factor. As you grow older, your teeth may become brittle and more likely to crack or break. Dental crowns protect fragile teeth by absorbing biting forces that can cause breaks and fractures.
- Improved Appearance: Has one of your teeth become discolored due to an antibiotic you took as a child or a large filling? Your Henderson dentist at Green Valley Dental Center may recommend adding a crown in a shade that closely matches the color of surrounding teeth. Crowns are also a good choice to lengthen teeth that have shortened due to grinding or that were never quite as long as other teeth. They're also an option if you would like to improve the appearance of an oddly shaped tooth.
- Same Day Crowns: CEREC 3D offers same-day crown technology which means your new crown will be created right in the office, while you wait! Same-day crown technology means you won’t have to wait weeks for your new crown to come back from a dental laboratory, and you won’t have to wear an unsightly, uncomfortable temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown. Using precise computer-assisted measurement and design, along with 3-D imaging, your crown will fit perfectly the first time.
Keep your smile strong, healthy and attractive with dental crowns! Call Henderson, NV, dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian of Green Valley Dental Center at (702) 896-8933 to schedule your appointment.
Find out how a tooth-colored filling can restore a cavity.
If our Henderson, NV, dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur or Dr. Emily Ishkanian just discovered a cavity during your last checkup you may be wondering what’s next. Of course, we talked to you about the fact that you will need to come back into the office to have the cavity treated. The sooner a cavity is treated the better for the health of the tooth; however, we also understand that our patients feel calmer when they understand the procedure they are about to undergo. Here’s what goes into getting a dental filling from Green Valley Dental Center.
Over time, decay can destroy the hard enamel layers of your teeth, causing cavities. When this happens the only way to treat the problem is to remove the decayed enamel from your tooth and then rebuild the tooth with a dental filling. While some people may notice dental pain and sensitivity that tips them off to the fact that they have a cavity, many cavities don’t cause any symptoms. This is why visiting your Henderson general dentist twice a year is important for everyone if you want to maintain a healthy smile.
Traditionally, decay is removed with a dental drill; however, before we remove the decay we will need to numb the area around the tooth. Even though there are no nerves within tooth enamel, you can experience sensitivity when enamel is being drilled away. By numbing the area beforehand we remove any discomfort you may experience during the procedure.
Once the decay has been removed, the next step is to rebuild and restore these holes in your teeth. Dental fillings not only improve the appearance of your tooth but also strengthen your tooth after a cavity. Of course, our goal as your Henderson family dentist is to make sure that you always get a dental restoration that looks as close to a real tooth as possible. This is why we use composite resin fillings. Composite resin can be matched to the tooth so that it blends in flawlessly.
Composite resin is also moldable, which means that we can easily shape and trim it to fill the tooth precisely so no one even knows that you have a filling. The resin will be applied in layers, shaped and contoured, and then hardened permanently to the tooth with a dental laser.
Are you dealing with symptoms of a cavity? Do you need to schedule a routine dental cleaning in Henderson, NV? Whatever the case might be, our dental team here at Green Valley Dental Center has you covered. Call us today!
When you smile broadly, what do people notice? Hopefully, they see your white, even teeth. However, with some individuals, what shows first is uneven or excessive amounts of gum tissue--what the American Academy of Periodontology calls a "gummy smile." Can this smile defect be treated? In Henderson, NV, your Green Valley Dental Center dentists, Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, understand the aesthetics of gum tissue and how to help patients who have too much or too little.
Gums outside the norm
Beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder as the old adage goes, and it applies to what smile components make you look and feel attractive. White, even teeth surely are one component of a winning smile. So is dental alignment. But what about your gum tissue?
In their experience, Dr. Wilbur and Dr. Ishkanian find that tooth length and the amount of gum tissue which shows should be balanced by smile width and height. Additionally, because gum tissue nourishes and helps to anchor your teeth, it needs to be adequately sized and healthy. Too little tissue leaves roots exposed and too much poses a risk for infection and teeth that look unnaturally short.
People have differences in gum length for a variety of reasons. Commonly, they include:
- An upper lip that simply rises too high when the person smiles
- Improper eruption of teeth (they don't come far enough into the mouth)
- Brushing too aggressively (which pushes gums back)
- Heredity (gummy smiles run in families)
Treating the gums
Most gum grafting (gingivoplasty) or gum removal (gingivectomy) procedures can be done right in the treatment chair at Green Valley Dental Center. For instance, a gingivectomy, or crown lengthening, involves removing a small amount of tissue from selected teeth. For this treatment, topical or local anesthetic usually is sufficient.
Alternatively, your dentist in Henderson may suggest a completely different cosmetic treatment to change the appearance of your uneven gums. Called porcelain veneers, these dental laminates cover the front side of selected teeth, improving aesthetic defects such as tooth length. This is a minimally invasive way to make teeth look longer and gum tissue more appropriately sized.
Get your best smile
You can with a consultation at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, NV. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and suggest ways to balance their appearance. Contact the office for an appointment, won't you? Phone (702) 896-8933.
Find out what could be making your jaws sore and achy.
Do you find yourself rubbing your painful jaws more often than not? Do your jaws often get tired and feel overworked rather quickly? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Henderson, NV dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian at Green Valley Dental Center are here to tell you what it could be.
If you have jaw pain that makes it challenging to eat certain foods or to speak without issues this can be rather disconcerting. Sure, there are several things that could be to blame but one of the most common reasons people experience jaw pain is a TMJ disorder. TMD, which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, is a disorder that affects how the jaw joints function. It may affect one side or both sides. Since this joint is responsible for all jaw movements, if the joint is dysfunctional this can lead to serious jaw problems.
If you have TMD, along with pain you may also experience:
- Jaw stiffness
- Tired, overworked and achy jaws
- Jaws that pop or click when opening or closing your mouth
- Facial pain and swelling
There are many reasons TMD may manifest, from jaw injuries and certain types of arthritis to bad habits such as teeth grinding; fortunately, our Henderson, NV, general dentist can easily help provide you with simple ways to treat your symptoms.
How is TMD treated?
Most people with TMD are relieved to find out that this condition will often just go away on its own. Of course, our goal is to help you manage symptoms in the meantime. Here are some simple treatment options:
- Find outlets for reducing stress to prevent stress-related habits like teeth grinding and jaw clenching
- Consider wearing a mouth guard at night while you sleep to prevent nighttime teeth grinding
- Massage the achy jaw joints everyday
- Perform certain jaw exercises each day to strengthen and stretch the muscles and joints in the face
Of course, if pain is still bothering you and nothing seems to quell your symptoms then it’s time to talk to your dentist at Green Valley Dental Center about other more aggressive options.
Don’t let jaw pain affect your daily life when there are many options out there for treating the issue and getting your symptoms under control. Call Green Valley Dental Center today. We are proud to provide quality dental services throughout Henderson, NV.
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