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When bacteria invades a tooth, trouble soon follows. Maybe a tooth decays, or if conditions are right, the interior pulp becomes infected and inflamed, resulting in horrible toothache. At Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY, your family dentists, Dr. Stuart Baldwin and Dr. Ben Baldwin, save severely compromised teeth with root canal therapy. A straightforward, two-visit procedure, a root can heal and protect a tooth so you can keep it for life.
What is a root canal treatment?
Performed in its entirety at Baldwin Dental Group, a root canal treatment removes the soft pulp which resides in tooth's interior chamber and slender canals which occupy each root. Your Madisonville, KY, family dentist will review your symptoms and examine and X-ray your tooth to determine if this restorative service is your best option.
Common symptoms which indicate you need a root canal are:
- An obvious and large chip or crack
- Darkened tooth enamel
- A pimple at the gum line
- Throbbing pain
- Jaw and/or gum swelling
- Extensive decay
- Several fillings, or fillings which are in poor condition
- Extreme dental sensitivity to heat, cold, pressure, or sugar
When possible, Dr. Baldwin prefers root canal treatment to tooth extraction to avoid the problems associated with tooth loss (a smile gap, degraded gum and bone, poor biting and chewing and weakening of adjoining teeth). Plus, research from the American Association of Endodontists indicates that root canal therapy preserves teeth for years--even for the rest of the patient's life.
How it all works
Your family dentist will numb your tooth and place a rubber dam around it to protect the rest of your mouth from debris and infection. This device also keeps the area dry as he works.
Then, Dr. Baldwin uses a high-speed drill to create an opening into the first root canal. (Larger teeth have up to four root canals.) Through the hole, he introduces small files or a rotary endodontic tool to remove the damaged pulp. Also, he cleans and disinfects the canals, filling each with putty called gutta-percha.
After restoring each canal, the family dentist places a protective temporary cap over the tooth. You'll heal for a week or so and then return to the office for placement of a beautiful and realistic porcelain crown.
Your renewed tooth needs no special care. Just brush twice daily, and floss every day. See Dr. Baldwin for your usual semi-annual examination and hygienic cleaning.
Concerned about a tooth?
Don't hesitate to contact Baldwin Dental Group for an appointment. Dr. Stuart Baldwin, Dr. Ben Baldwin and their caring team will work hard to help you and that tooth feel better fast. Phone (270) 245-1547 for an appointment in Madisonville, KY.
When filling in your gaps to restore your smile, you have several options. However, not all of those options are right for your smile. Fortunately, you can permanently and effectively replace your teeth with dental implants. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY.
Will dental implants work for me?
When you lose a tooth, the bone in which it once sat is no longer stimulated. This lack of stimulation leads to the bone breaking down, a process called bone atrophy. One of the most important parts of determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants is assessing the bone volume in the implant site. The bone must be healthy enough to hold and support the implant. If it is not, the patient may require a bone graft to restore it. Additionally, patients should be in good dental and general health and have a strong at-home oral care routine.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent and non-removable. Unlike other tooth replacement options like dentures, you will care for your dental implants the same way as your natural teeth. Simply brush twice a day and floss once with no soaking or scrubbing required. Additionally, you never have to worry about your implants falling out while you speak or eat as you would a removable bridge or denture. Finally, thanks to their design and their high-quality materials, your implants will provide a natural appearance which will blend right into your smile.
Dental Implants in Madisonville, KY
Dental implants are suitable for those missing one, several, or all of their teeth. A single implant replaces a single tooth, multiple tooth replacement targets several teeth missing in a row, and implant-supported dentures provide a sturdy foundation for an entire arch of teeth. If you think you could benefit from dental implants, you should consult with your dentist to determine the best course of treatment for you.
For more information on dental implants or cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY. Call (270) 245-1547 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with your dentist today!
A damaged tooth often means a painful tooth and is a situation that most people would choose to avoid if given the chance. However, broken and damaged teeth are one of the most common dental issues. So, luckily, your dentist can help repair your damaged tooth and restore your biting surface with a root canal. Find out more about root canals, how they work, and why they are important with Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY.
How does a root canal work?
A root canal is an important procedure aimed at preserving the tooth’s natural structure while removing decayed or infected tissue inside. The infection comes from tooth decay, which, after reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, damages the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve which lie inside. This results in a toothache or if left untreated, can cause a dental abscess. By removing the tooth’s tissues and nerve, your dentist also removes the tooth’s ability to feel pain, curing both the infection and the toothache in one fell swoop.
Root Canal vs. Extraction
In the past, dentists could only remove the infected tissue by removing the entire tooth altogether, leading to further complications. Since implementing modern root canals, dentists can keep the tooth intact and cure the infection. A missing tooth, such as one which your dentist has extracted, results in some serious side effects, like the degradation of the bone underneath, a process called bone atrophy. As the bone atrophies, the skin on the face may begin to sag. Additionally, the teeth around the missing tooth may shift to accommodate for the extra room in the mouth, throwing off the natural bite, making chewing more difficult, or even triggering conditions like TMJ disorder.
Root Canal therapy in Madisonville, KY
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures, performed about 41,000 times a day according to the American Association of Endodontists. While root canals often come with the assumption that the procedure is long and painful, this is a myth. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the work area and ensure that you feel no pain during your treatment.
For more information on root canal therapy or how it could benefit you, please contact Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY. Call (270) 245-1547 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
It might seem hard to believe, but some form of dentistry has been in practice since ancient times, and the use of dental crowns and bridgework has been documented as far back as 166 AD. Like all medical and dental procedures, restorative dentistry has made significant progress throughout the centuries. However, crowns have remained a go to treatment for some of the most common dental problems, due to their longevity, affordability and effectiveness in replacing all or part of a missing tooth.
Smile Restoration with Dental Crowns in Madisonville, KY
The family dentists at Madisonville, KY based Baldwin Dental Group recommend dental crowns for longer term dental restorations for severely decayed, broken and stained teeth. The average porcelain crown has a lifespan of approximately ten years, but they can last for decades in many cases. Crowns are an affordable and minimally invasive solution for a range of cosmetic and general dentistry issues that can tarnish the smile and increase the risk of larger oral health problems.
Dental crowns are literally a cap that is placed over a broken or damaged tooth. They can also be attached to a dental implant for a complete and permanent replacement for missing teeth. Porcelain crowns are also an option for whitening teeth with severe discolorations, and staining that can't be removed with over the counter or professional teeth whitening treatments.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Crowns can protect teeth with larger cavities and significant tooth decay from extraction by covering the remaining healthy portion of the tooth. They can also be attached to dental implants to replace a missing tooth and create a whiter smile for severely stained teeth.
Find a Family Dentist in Madisonville, KY
Dental crowns are an effective and attractive treatment for a number of dental problems. For more information on restorative dentistry options for the whole family, contact Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY by calling (270) 245-1547 to schedule an appointment today.
Tooth loss doesn't have to cause lasting changes to your smile. Dental implants offer the ideal way to preserve your oral health and your appearance. Drs. Ben Baldwin and Stuart Baldwin, your Madisonville, KY, dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, explain how dental implants can benefit you.
Dental implants provide a long-lasting solution
Bridges and dentures eventually have to be replaced, but with proper care, your dental implant can last a lifetime. Implants are constructed of titanium, a biocompatible material that can bond to bone. Once your implant fuses to your jawbone, it's there to stay. At the end of the bonding process, your Madisonville, KY dentist attaches an artificial tooth to the top of the implant, which will allow you to chew and bite normally.
Dental implants offer oral health benefits
When you lose a tooth, changes gradually begin to occur in your jawbone. Without the constant stimulation from your tooth roots, the bone weakens and shrinks. If you've lost multiple teeth, the effect is more pronounced. Eventually, you may experience further tooth loss and facial sagging. Because your dental implant stimulates the bone the same way your roots once did, you'll never have to worry about these problems.
Implants also reduce your risk of tooth decay. When you lose a tooth, surrounding teeth start to drift toward the gap in your mouth in an attempt to fill it. As they drift, they overlap, making it difficult to removing cavity-causing plaque from every part of your tooth. Dental implants keep your teeth straight and easy to clean.
Tooth loss can affect your ability to chew food thoroughly. In some cases, you may have to give up certain foods. When you choose a dental implant, chewing won't be a problem.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Call Drs. Ben or Stuart Baldwin, your Madisonville, KY dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, at (270) 245-1547 to schedule an appointment to find out if implants are a good choice for you. Improve your smile with dental implants!