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Why is oral health important?

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What would we do without our mouth? We eat and talk with them, even breathe with them. They play a vital role in our ability to live and communicate. Why then do some people neglect their teeth and mouths? Lack of good oral care doesn’t just cause bad breath.  There are a variety of unpleasant conditions that can come about if the mouth is not cared for properly.

Let’s talk about oral health. Not something you think of or concern yourself with every day – but nonetheless, something to consider.  Not only does your oral health give you clues about your overall health, but also, oral problems can and do have an affect on your entire body.  How you chew and swallow your food even effects the amount of nutrients you absorb  (can you hear Mom saying, “Chew your food!” ?)

First let’s consider the high amount of bacteria present in your mouth. Your mouth is loaded with bacteria but the majority of it is not harmful at all. Your body’s own natural defenses, combined with good oral care (daily brushing and flossing) combine to keep bacteria from causing a problem. But without proper oral care, your mouth could develop tooth decay, root/nerve decay,  gum disease,  and oral infections. Periodontis is the term for severe gum disease that is painful and makes eating difficult. Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.

That all sounds pretty undesirable, right? That’s why your mom always told you to “brush your teeth!” If you develop an oral condition like any of those listed above, and you also have an illness that lowers your body’s immunity (like HIV or diabetes), your oral  condition will be worse/ more intense. Especially if you or someone you know has diabetes, you should take good care of your mouth. Gum disease is more common and more advanced/severe in people with diabetes.

Here’s another startling fact – germs and bacteria from your mouth can spread through your bloodstream and end up elsewhere. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart that typically develops from these types of traveling germs.

There are several other health conditions that have been linked to oral conditions. These include Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Cardiovascular disease. We know that everything in our bodies are connected. We are a walking, talking, highly complex system – and taking the best care possible of every aspect of that system is our best chance for maintaining good health.

Always tell your Dentist or Endodontist if you are experiencing any mouth symptoms at all – from dry mouth to painful bums to small sores on the tongue or cheek lining. Nothing is too small to point out – because you may be nipping a bigger problem in the bud!

Your dental professionals at Fifth Avenue Endodontics are happy to give you a guide to oral care, or answer any questions you have about oral health.

Root Canals – What’s Involved, What to Expeect

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The term root canal is thrown around somewhat loosely in regards to tooth pain, but what does this actually mean? It’s worth noting that The American Association of Endodontics states that millions of teeth are treated through the root canal process each year! When someone refers to getting “a cavity filled”, this is a more common procedure. But when decay has gone into the root of the tooth, gets too close to the nerve canal, that canal needs to be cleaned and filled to prevent ongoing damage and pain.

For a root canal, the dentist or endodontist will remove the irritated part of your tooth interior, called the pulp. This is living tissue that has nerves and blood vessels, and is removed to prevent spreading infection to the bone and outer shell of the tooth. Following this, to ensure that the infection cannot happen again, your tooth is filled and sealed as a final step. It differs from getting a cavity filled as the work is done in the root as well, and root canals are done on teeth that have too much decay to be fixed by a normal filling.

Another common misunderstanding regarding a root canal is that people believe that the tooth is actually replaced in full. However, everything is done to save your original tooth, and so the tooth will not be a different color than the rest of your mouth, removed. A filling or a crown will be placed later to protect the tooth. Your bite line will still be the same, and you will still be able to chew naturally. This is because only the inner (invisible) filling is gone. Not to mention this reassuring fact that you might like to hear: This dental process has the highest satisfaction rate from customers! patients!

In total, the whole process can last from 1 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the tooth and connection to various canals in the mouth. In New York, the approximate cost of a root canal is about $1800 – $2500 without insurance, but the procedure tooth will last a lifetime, when done treated by experienced professional endodontic specialists, such as the team at Fifth Avenue Endodontics.

Those who have a tooth that is decayed and painful should not wait, because if a root canal cannot save the tooth, procedures like tooth extraction, placing an implant or creating a bridge can cost much more. be more costly and quite involved. Nothing works as well as a natural tooth Doing things Taking care of a problem sooner rather than later is always in the patient’s best interest.

There are even more benefits from this endodontic treatment. First of all, root canals have a 95% over 90% success rate in patients, leaving the margin for error very small for you. Your mouth also will not have to readjust, as you are keeping your own tooth. The reason this is a big deal is because if a foreign object is placed in the mouth, there are chances that it can cause other issues, like shifting of teeth or bacterial infections, even TMJ! And lastly, the root canal procedure should be seen as an investment. When performed by skilled endodontists, the root canal will pay for itself, as you will most likely never even have to touch the tooth again! You will be able to forget about it for the rest of your life, depending on your age at time the work is done.

To rid yourself of pain and get this procedure done safely and correctly, contact Fifth Avenue Endodontics, Rockefeller Center, New York City with any questions on this subject. Your priority should be having it done right the first time around!