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Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care.

February 2, 2018

The reason for a root canal is to save a tooth that is severely infected. Dentists perform the procedure to remove bacteria and dead tissue from inside the tooth, due to injury of the tooth or an untreated cavity. Oral pain may derive from many different issues of the mouth and jaw, but a root canal is needed for a specific type of tooth problem.

There are several reasons why a patient may come and see us needing root canal treatment.

  • Pain in the tooth is the most common symptom.
  • An abscessed tooth which results when the soft area of the tooth or pulp dies and a pus pocket forms.
  • A deep cavity goes far into the tooth and reaches the pulp area.
  • Trauma to the tooth that can result from a hard hit to the teeth.
  • Fractures that extend into the pulp area of the tooth.

A root canal is a great option for most patients because it can save your tooth. Our treatment begins with the removal of the pulp and the chamber and canals are then filled and sealed so that infection or bacteria can’t enter.

Once a root canal procedure has been completed by your dentist, proper care is essential in order to retain good oral health. The following points are tips to caring for a root canal.

  • Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods or this can cause damage to your root canal or your teeth to break.

What once was seen as a big reason to not visit your dentist because of the high pain level, technology and techniques have helped root canals evolve into more comfortable treatments. Call Dr. Bruce Silva and schedule an appointment today to see if you may be a candidate for a root canal.

June 14, 2017

What is a filling? A filling helps to restore a damaged tooth back to normal. When a dentist gives you a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, cleans it, and then fills that space with filling material. Fillings assist in preventing further decay to the tooth.

Figuring out what kind of filling you need is determined by the extent of the damage to the tooth, allergens, location of the tooth that must be filled, and cost. There are three types of fillings, including gold fillings, composite (or plastic) resins, and porcelain fillings.

  • Gold fillings are made to order and then cemented in place. They may last over 20 years and are well tolerated by gum tissues. This is considered to be the best filling material, although it is the most expensive and requires more than one visit.
  • Porcelain fillings cover most of the tooth are can be matched to the color of the tooth. They are also on the expensive side.
  • Composite resins are used where natural appearance is requested and is also matched to the same color of your teeth. However, they last the least amount of time, may wear over time, and become stained from coffee or tobacco products.

During your next dental visit, Dr. Silva can carefully check to see if you need a dental filling. Only your dentist can decide if you have a cavity that needs to be filled. Sometimes, the damage caused to your teeth is too extreme for a filling and other measures have to be taken. If the decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion, a crown or cap will be recommended. If the decay has reached the nerve, a root canal may be needed.

Call Dr. Bruce Silva for your next dental checkup.

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