Dental Abscesses Are a Serious Health Issue

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Easy Endodontic Therapy aka Root Canal Treatment

At some point you may experience tooth pain that doesn’t dissipate with traditional brushing, flossing and swishing. When this occurs, it is important to remain proactive and determine the source of your discomfort as soon as possible. Dr. Robert Harrell and his expert team at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne inspect your teeth closely during regular checkups, but if something unusual arises between appointments, you need to book a visit right away. You may be in need of endodontic treatment, aka a root canal.

Bacteria and decay go hand-in-hand. When there’s a problem, it’s critical to see within the tooth structure itself. This is where our digital X-rays are invaluable to help us determine the cause of your issue and the extent of the damage. A root canal may be required to remove damaged or inflamed tissue and save your tooth. Read more here:

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

Causes of an infected pulp could include:

a deep cavity

repeated dental procedures

a cracked or broken tooth

injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip) Additional details at Mouth Healthy

Ignoring the Issue Will Only Make It Worse

We want you to contact us as soon as you notice any changes in your smile — don’t put it off until your next appointment. We are happy to schedule emergency sessions and extra checkups as needed. If there is a deep cavity or damaged tooth involved, it is imperative to get it fixed as soon as possible. Some of the reasons patients require a root canal are discussed below:

Why you may need a root canal
Teeth have a soft core called dental pulp. The pulp extends from the crown — the visible part of the tooth — to the tip of the tooth’s root in the jawbone. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Left untreated, bacteria and decaying material can cause a serious infection or a tooth abscess, leading to pulp death, bone loss and loss of the tooth itself. Signs and symptoms may include swelling around your face and neck, a hole in your tooth, toothache or tooth pain, gum swelling, and temperature sensitivity. More details at Colgate

Relax…You Are In Great Hands with an Ednodontist

We understand that you may be apprehensive about endodontic therapy. It has been given a terrible reputation from depictions in movies and television. However, today’s exceptional anesthetic options and our state-of-the-art technology make the process simpler than ever before. Here is more info about root canals and the steps in the process:

What to Expect

X-ray – if a dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located.

Anesthesia – local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more painful than a filling.

Pulpectomy – an opening is made and the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
Filling – the roots that have been opened (to get rid of the disease pulp) are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement. from colgate .com

Dental Abscesses Are a Serious Health Issue

Coming out of the holidays, when candy and desserts have been abundant, we remind you to pay extra attention to your teeth. Left unattended to, your smile can suffer dramatically, even leading to a possible serious infection known as a dental abscess that can affect much more than your mouth.

Learn about dental abscesses below:

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that’s caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth for different reasons. A periapical (per-e-AP-ih-kul) abscess occurs at the tip of the root, whereas a periodontal (per-e-o-DON-tul) abscess occurs in the gums next to a tooth root. The information here refers specifically to periapical abscesses.

A periapical tooth abscess usually occurs as a result of an untreated dental cavity, an injury or prior dental work.

Dentists will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. They may be able to save your tooth with a root canal treatment, but in some cases the tooth may need to be pulled. Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications.


Signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess include:

  • Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache that can radiate to the jawbone, neck or ear
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting
  • Fever
  • Swelling in your face or cheek
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  • Sudden rush of foul-smelling and foul-tasting, salty fluid in your mouth and pain relief if the abscess ruptures. Read more from the Mayo Clinic.

ADOB Can Help You Prevent A Painful Smile

Regular dental checkups can help you stay proactive in your oral health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, many people put off their dental treatment until they are experiencing discomfort. This is an extremely dangerous habit to get into. Minute cracks and fissures within a tooth can lead to a dental abscess occurring. Did you know that dental issues are behind a huge number of hospital visits each year? Discover more below:


A new study suggests that deaths from these preventable infections may not be as rare as once thought and that the number of Americans hospitalized with them may be on the rise.

Studies have shown that dental problems account for hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits each year. The new analysis, published in the September issue of the Journal of Endodontics, focused on patients who had to be hospitalized because of an infection of the tip of the tooth’s root, called a periapical abscess. It is a common consequence of untreated tooth decay, and it can be dangerous if it spreads. The NY Times Well Blog discusses more regarding oral infections and hospitalizations.

Dental Infection Control

Your Endodontist has the experience, tools and technology to help you feel better fast. Our devoted team wants to help you obtain a healthy, happy smile every day. If you are feeling any oral discomfort, be sure to book your dental appointment with us ASAP to minimize the potential risk of worsening your oral infection. The earlier we see you, the faster we can treat your dental abscess and remove the infection. Please do not hesitate to call us to address any of your oral concerns. We want you to enjoy your healthiest and happiest smile in 2018. Learn more about fixing dental abscesses below:

An endodontist will typically treat your abscess with a root canal procedure or endodontic surgery. This involves removing the bacteria from the empty canals within your tooth, cleaning, shaping and filing the root canals, and sealing the empty space. Then, after some time to be certain the treatment was successful, you’ll visit your dentist who will put a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After the dentist restores it the tooth will continue to function like your natural teeth. Discover more details on oral infection control from the American Association of Endodontists.

Invisalign Clear Aligners Make Straightening Your Teeth Easy

Are you suffering from smile anxiety? If you thought you missed the chance for a straight, healthy smile, we want to remind you that it is never too late. Invisalign technology utilizes clear, removeable aligners to discreetly and effectively straighten your teeth. We invite you to learn more about this revolutionary cosmetic dentistry treatment. You’ll find details below:

Your Invisalign Clear Aligners

Your custom-made aligners will be made of our proprietary SmartTrack® material. They’re virtually invisible, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results, taking them out to eat and to brush and floss.

Your progress

As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. Your doctor may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule check-ups every six weeks or so.

At every stage you’ll be able to see your progress and imagine how far your new smile will take you. Read more at Invisalign

Straight Teeth: Much More Than Aesthetics

While aesthetics may be the first reason people often consider orthodontic therapy, it is important to realize that your smile will be much easier to care for once your teeth are straight. Brushing and flossing becomes streamlined when there are no crooked or misaligned teeth to deal with. Learn more about the oral health benefits of straight teeth:

Correcting the problem can result in better oral health because crooked and crowded teeth can make daily oral hygiene difficult. Over time, this may lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease and possibly tooth loss. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel and lead to problems with the jaws.

Adults Are Making Oral Health A Priority

Dr. Harrell and the staff of Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne are excited for you enjoy a happy, healthy smile. Increased chewing capacity, better digestion, and less frequent symptoms of TMJ dysfunction including jaw, neck and shoulder pain, are among the popular and welcome side effects of a straighter smile. As you can see, your oral health directly affects other parts of your body. Discover more about this critical connection:

Overall Health

Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile — say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.


Teeth Whitening For Graduation and Wedding Season

Milestone events such as weddings and graduations bring families and friends together. Picture taking is practically mandatory during these momentous occasions. For some, this might be cause for anxiety because they aren’t happy with their smiles. Dull or discolored teeth can feel ruinous in moments — and photographs — like these. Thankfully, there are simple, affordable methods to upgrade a compromised smile. Chief among them is teeth whitening.

It’s no surprise that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. For a minimal investment, clients can totally transform the appearance of their pearly whites, taking years of deterioration off their smiles. Adult Dentistry Of Ballantyne offers patients the best teeth whitening option: painless, effective treatments with ZOOM! whitening, the industry’s leading system.

Learning about the myriad ways that teeth become dingy or stained explains why professional teeth whitening is so popular these days. Continue reading for some of the primary causes:

Why Did My Teeth Change Color?

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:

Food and Drink
Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use
Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.

Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth. Read more about teeth whitening at Mouth Healthy

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Camera-Ready Smiles

The Confidence Boost You Need

Many people hunker down during the colder winter months, so less socializing occurs. By spring, they’re ready to make up for lost time — especially if they have a radiant new Adult Dentistry smile to show off. Just imagine booking an appointment for your lunch break and returning to work with a brilliant smile. Think about how much more self-assured you would feel. To learn more about how your smile and self-confidence are inter-connected, read on:

Poor smile confidence
Being unhappy with your smile usually means you don’t do it very often – which means you aren’t reaping the benefits outlined above. People who avoid smiling usually do so because they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. They may feel that their teeth aren’t as white as they’d like, or that their teeth have lost their youthful sheen, which can make them feel ashamed about the appearance of their smile. When this happens people fall out of the habit of smiling or they do a closed-lip grin, which comes across as awkward or not genuine. “Most people are not aware of how important a smile is in how others perceive them or in how they feel about themselves,” says Demarais. Learn more health and wellness dental tips at She Knows