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Why Do I Need A Root Canal?

root canalMost people have heard of a root canal.  The idea of needing a root canal tends to create unneeded fear for its recipients.  Most of a persons anxiety in relation to this procedure is caused by misinformation or a lack of knowledge of what to expect.  The question is,”what is it and why do you need it?”.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

Let’s start by explaining why a root canal is needed.  This procedure is needed when your tooth’s root becomes damaged either by injury or a deep cavity.  The pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth) has become inflamed or diseased.   At this point, a patient typically displays symptoms of pain and swelling.  If this situation is not addressed, the tooth can become irreparable.  However, that is not the only thing.  A  patient with an untreated infection, even in a tooth, will become more ill as time passes.

How Is A Root Canal Performed.

First of all, not all dentist will perform a root canal.  If your family dentist does not perform that procedure, he will recommend an Endodontis (which is a dentist that specializes in root canals). During a procedure, the troubling tooth is numbed.  An opening is made in the crown of the tooth where special tools are used to clean out the infected canals and root of the tooth.  Once that is complete, your tooth is filled with a permanent material to ensure that your tooth remains free of contamination and infection.  The final step fills the crown of your tooth with a temporary filling.  The temporary filling  will remain until a permanent filling or crown is used to replace it.

What Is The Alternative To A Root Canal?

The only alternative to a root canal is to pull the tooth.  As a dentist, I always recommend working to keep all your pearly whites as they are not replaceable.  It is a cheaper option but ultimately can cause you other dental issues as time moves on.  For example, teeth shifting, eating, bone loss.

Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?

wisdom teethYour wisdom teeth don’t make themselves known until you have nearly reached adulthood.  Usually between the ages of 17-25.   The name “Wisdom Teeth” was adopted as these teeth don’t arrive until you have reached, what is considered the “age of wisdom”.

Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?

Wisdom teeth are not always an issue.  Not everyone needs to have them removed.  If your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly aligned, there is no reason for fuss at all.  As a matter of fact, about 30 percent of people are missing one or more of their wisdom teeth.

Issues With Wisdom Teeth

Unfortunately, for many of us,  the need to have one or more wisdom teeth removed during a lifetime is likely.  It is estimated that 85 percent of all people will need to visit the oral surgeon sometime in their life in relation to a wisdom tooth/teeth.  Often, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly.  If a wisdom tooth does not make it to a normal position, it can cause problems with chewing, damage adjacent teeth or periodontal problems.  Your dentist can make an assessment and recommend an oral surgeon if necessary.

What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that becomes stuck under the gum or partially emerges from the gum.  Impacted wisdom teeth unfortunately are a common occurrence.  Depending on the person, they may or may not cause pain.  When your wisdom tooth is trying to emerge, it can cause your gum to become inflamed and swollen.  When emerging, they can also cause pain in your face, other teeth or ears.

Signs of an Emerging Wisdom Tooth

  • Swelling of the gum in the back of your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your jaw
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain when you open your mouth
  • Pain when chewing or biting

The best way to know if your wisdom teeth are a problem is by visiting your dentist.  Regular check ups can avoid big problems later.

 

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Charlotte, NC 28262
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My tooth is a Drama Queen!

over sensitive tooth

 

Tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity is a problem for many people.   Dentin hypersensitivity is caused from the exposed dentin  of your tooth.  Symptoms arise  from something too hot, too cold, sour, etc. being placed in your mouth and touching the exposed dentin. The response to the exposed dentin is pain.  This pain can be intense and continue over a period of time and ultimately impact a persons daily life.

There are many treatment options for dentin hypersensitivity that people are unaware of.  Please feel free to contact our office if you would like more information.  We can set up a consult to find the best treatment options for you.

Treatments for dentin hypersensitivity

1.  There are many toothpaste on the market that help with sensitivity.

2.  Laser Treatment- this treatment is currently experimental.

3. Gene Therapy-

4. Fluoride releasing device

5. Multiple Applications of GC tooth Mousse

The dental community continues to provide additional treatment options to eliminate and fix dental problems.  If you are having a problem, the first step is to visit your dentist for the most up to date treatment options available for your dental circumstance.  Every person is unique and your dentist is your biggest advocate for your dental needs.

 

 

 

The Impact of an Impacted Tooth

Impacted Tooth- Glasscock Dental
A tooth is considered impacted when it only partially grows through the gums. This can happen because another tooth blocks it, or it grows in crookedly. The third molar typically erupts from age 17 to 21 and is the last tooth to appear, which is why it’s the most likely tooth to become impacted – there’s usually no room left for it.
Although an impacted tooth does not always lead to pain or discomfort, the impaction can cause other problems. A partially erupted tooth can create an opening in the gum where food and other particles can accumulate, leading to gum infection. Impacted teeth can also develop tooth decay, and they can also push on adjacent teeth, causing all your teeth to shift.
For these reasons, it’s usually recommended to have wisdom teeth extracted before the age of 21. The younger you are the better (and faster) the surrounding tissue and bone will heal. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the symptoms if you’re over 21, though.
 
No matter what age you are, if an impacted tooth is causing you pain, soreness, sensitivity or inflammation, come in for a visit. Better to get treatment than unnecessarily endure pain and discomfort!
Persistent pain or an infection usually means the tooth will need to be removed. Sometimes this can be done right in the office. Otherwise, we can give you a referral to a recommended oral surgeon.

Crystal Meth can Destroy your Teeth in a Year

Methamphetamine- Dr. Glasscock

 

Methamphetamine is a  synthetic drug with more rapid and lasting effects than amphetamine. It is used illegally as a stimulant and as a prescription drug to treat narcolepsy and maintain blood pressure.

The use and production of methamphetamine is becoming a huge problem in the U.S. This drug is illegal and highly addictive.  Common names for the drug are ice, meth, speed, crank, quartz, crystal and poor man’s cocaine. Using methamphetamine can cause major health issues as well as serious problems to your mouth and teeth.

The “high” from meth last for about 12 hours.  During that time, your body’s salivary glands diminish causing a dry- mouth feeling.  This state is commonly referred to as “meth mouth”.  Without the aided production from your salivary glands, the acids on your teeth will destroy the tooth enamel which in turn leads to tooth decay.  It is also reported by users, while using meth, it is common to consume high calorie carbonated drinks and foods and tooth grinding and clenching occurs.  This in turn compounds the problems.

A meth user will see serious affects related to their teeth in a short period of time. The ADA stated users can go from having a sparkling smile to one of decay and tooth loss in about a year. 

So what can your dentist do?  Without the user discontinuing the use of the drug, the damage will continue to diminish a person’s teeth.  The damage can not be addressed until that first step is taken. You need the production of your salivary glands to stop the damage and while using, that would be impossible.

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Layaway at the Dentist?

layaway at the dentist

Why going to the dentist is important

With the advancement of modern medicine, it has been proven that your dental health affects your physical health.  With that being said, a regular visit to your dentist is needed to ensure you remain in the best physical health.

Dental Care- The neglected part of health care.

People tend to neglect their dental needs.  Many people believe that their dental health is optional but in truth it is not.  Tooth decay is the single most common and preventable disease afflicting most Americans. Having a tooth ache or cavity is as common as the common cold.  Left untreated, your dental problems will become more extensive as well as more expensive to correct.

Age Group Average Number of Decayed Missing or Filled Teeth Per Person Percent of Decayed Missing or Filled Teeth Per 100 teeth est Percent of Age Group Affected by Tooth Decay
2-5 1.01 5.05% 27.90%
6-11 0.42 1.75% 49%
12’15 1.75 6.25% 49.60%
16’19 3.25 11.60% 67.90%
20-39 7.07 25.25% 86.70%
40-59 12.85 45.89% 95.10%
60+ 17.46 62.36% 93.10%

What is Dental Layaway?

Just like healthcare, dental care can be intrusively expensive for families.   The office of David M. Glasscock DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has a solution!  We provide pre-payment options or Dental Layaway. We can set up an account for you to use when ever needed.  Almost like a prepaid credit card.  Regardless if you add $20 per month or $10 per week, dental layaway is the solution to the unexpected dental expenses that seem to pop up now and then.  For more information call the office of David M. Glasscock . Ph#  704-510-1150

It’s Like Pulling Teeth! -Tooth Extraction

pulling teeth

We have all heard the old idiom “It’s like pulling teeth”.  Interesting choice of words as the meaning is meant to portray something difficult that someone does not want to do.  The meaning, usually unrelated to tooth extraction, still coincides with how people still feel today about having a tooth pulled.

Dentistry has come a long way from 7000 BC where bow drills were used for wood working and treating tooth problems or in the Middle Ages when your barber would perform a tooth extraction . Ouch!!

Currently, dentistry in 2013 provides the patient with a “Stress Free” and painless experience.  We at, Glasscock Dental, understand dental fear and will do everything we can to alleviate any stress, anxiety and pain associated with your extraction.

Extractions are done for a variety of reasons.

  •  Very large cavity or caries that cannot be restored.
  •  Periodontal diseases.
  •  Fractured or broken teeth.
  •  Teeth that are traumatized.
  •  Teeth that fail to erupt or are unable to erupt.
  • Abscessed teeth that have infection that has spread.
  • Teeth that are abnormal in development.
  • Teeth that are involved in cysts or tumors.
  • Ectopic teeth that have erupted in a wrong place.
  • The orthodontist requesting removal of the teeth.

If you need an extraction, Dr. David M Glasscock will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort.  After the extraction, Dr. David M. Glasscock will discuss with you what post extraction regimen he would like you to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.

Call the office of David M Glasscock DDS for all your dental needs.  Located in beautiful Charlotte, NC.

Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220