Gearing up for Root Canal Treatment

Written by bfcdental on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 1:24 AM

Are you scared of root canal treatment? Do you get jitters while thinking about the root canal procedure and its post-treatment effects? Don’t worry! On the contrary root canal therapy is quite gentle, particularly if you prepare beforehand. Let’s have a look at the ways to prepare for your root canal treatment.

Antibiotics can help
If you have infected teeth, any kind of treatment can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort. Antibiotics can be helpful in clearing the tooth of infection, which will help to keep the pain at bay. This can also the shorten recovery.

Take Anti-inflammatory Medication before the Procedure
Ibuprofen which is an anti-inflammatory medication may be recommended that you take on the day of the procedure prior to your appointment to help ease any swelling that may be present. This will make the procedure more comfortable.

Smoking or Drinking Alcohol should be avoided
Avoid alcohol and tobacco products for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Keep away from smoking 72 hours after the completion of root canal therapy. Smoking and drinking can slow down healing process and cause potential complications.

Eat a Satisfying Meal before the treatment
Make sure you eat a nutritious meal prior to your dental appointment. The local anesthetic numbed to your mouth may prevent you from eating for several hours until the numbness goes away. You will also need to eat soft foods and soups for the first few days of recovery. Nourish your body prior to your root canal therapy.

Maintaining your Dental Implants

Written by bfcdental on at 1:21 AM

Dental implants assure a permanent way of replacing missing teeth, but they need maintenance. It is the gums and surrounding tissue which is prone to decay not the dental implant and the dental crown covering the implant. So keep your gums and tissues healthy. Following the below mentioned tips can help you maintain dental implants well.

Maintaining dental Implants in the Rightful Manner
Following proper maintenance will ensure that your dental implants last a lifetime.
Natural teeth, rather than being fused to the bone, are attached by periodontal ligaments allowing natural tooth to have some movement. Dental implants are fused to the bone and do not allow any movement. Care needs to be taken that the dental implant does not loosen due to impact or infection, resulting in the failure of the implant.

What can harm a dental implant?
Habits such as clenching or grinding, chewing hard foods, including ice, and impact that occurs during contact sports can lead to premature loss of the dental implant. These risks should be avoided.

Prevent infection and inflammation
Regular removal of oral bacteria and plaque on a regular basis can prevent infections such as periodontal disease, leading to bone loss. This is not only important for natural teeth, but also critical for the long-term success of implant teeth.

Apart from these precautions maintaining overall health is also important. Health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes if not managed, can slow the healing process after the dental implant has been placed and increase the risk of periodontal
diseases.