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11 Best Alternatives to a Root Canal Treatment 

Corrupt government officials. Illness and death. Civil unrest. Economic troubles. These are a few of the top anxieties Statista reported that Americans commonly fear. They might have considered adding dental procedures to the list in general and root canals in particular. If you plug the words “root canal horror story” into your search engine of choice, you’ll get plenty of results from people ready to share their most terrible experiences. It’s no wonder that potential dental patients remain perpetually on the lookout for root canal alternatives. 

While root canals aren’t always awful (which we’ll discuss a little more in the following section), we will talk in this article about how to avoid a root canal naturally and through more traditional means. Continue reading “11 Best Alternatives to a Root Canal Treatment ”

Dental Floss Picks or Conventional Flossing: Which is Better?

Taking care of one’s teeth is important. In addition to the social and psychological benefits of maintaining a good smile, adequate oral health also impacts your ongoing physical health. Halitosis. Infection. Heart attack. Stroke. Dementia. None of these conditions are anything that people want — so why don’t more individuals floss? According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, less than one-third of the population flosses daily and 32 percent never floss at all. Some of the reasons why include the sheer inconvenience of flossing, and floss picks have stepped into the gap as an easier alternative. However, some have begun to ask a simple question: “Is it bad to use floss picks?”  Continue reading “Dental Floss Picks or Conventional Flossing: Which is Better?”

What Is the Average Lifespan for Dental Crowns?

Crowns are an investment in the health of your mouth and the brilliance of your smile. These permanent dental implants are meant to last for a very long time — but how long exactly can you expect them to endure? Would veneers be a better choice? What can you do to ensure that your crowns last as long as possible? In this article, we’ll answer all of these questions and more.  

What is the purpose of a crown? 

Crowns are fairly simple to understand: They’re essentially tooth-shaped caps that fit over weak or damaged teeth. Sometimes they’re also used to shore up a bridge or protect a tooth after a particularly extensive root canal. They can also support a tooth that’s had to receive a significant filling, which can weaken the natural tooth. In short, dental crowns exist as a prosthetic that’s primarily intended to minimize the chance of tooth damage. However, some also serve an aesthetic function. Implant crowns can fully replace missing teeth.  Continue reading “What Is the Average Lifespan for Dental Crowns?”

Using Antibiotics to Treat a Tooth Infection

Infected teeth are a major inconvenience, and they’ve historically been a cause of not only suffering, but also even death. As a publication in the NIH’s National Library of Medicine notes, “Dental infections originate in the tooth or its supporting structures and can spread to the surrounding tissue. Dental infections were, historically, a common cause of death. Fortunately, due to improved dental hygiene, modern dentistry, and antibiotics, dental infections are rarely life-threatening today.” Indeed, Alexander Fleming’s discovery has done much to transform modern life. 

But just because an antibiotic for tooth infection is often an effective treatment doesn’t mean that it is the best course in every situation. In this article, we will explain how antibiotics help some tooth infections, the best antibiotic for tooth infections of different types, and an antibiotics list for tooth infections.  Continue reading “Using Antibiotics to Treat a Tooth Infection”

What To Do If a Dental Abscess Bursts

A dental abscess is no joke. In addition to the discomfort, pain, bad breath, and inconvenience that they cause, they can also prove fatal. People reported that a Sacramento truck driver passed away at the age of 26 due to an oral infection. While on the road, Vadim Anatoliyevich Kondratyuk’s tooth began to hurt, and he sought treatment from a dentist before getting back on the road. However, his infection quickly progressed, and after it became systemic, his body simply couldn’t recover. 

Most patients understand that you shouldn’t ignore infections, but sometimes they wonder what to do if a dental abscess bursts on its own. In this article, we’ll explain what causes a dental abscess, why one could burst, and what you should do in case of a rupture. Continue reading “What To Do If a Dental Abscess Bursts”

Fixing a Gummy Smile: What Can You Do?

Cartoon of a woman with a gummy smile

A gummy smile is a smile that shows too much of your gum line, and it can be a cause of embarrassment or an insecurity for many people who have them. Gummy smiles, or excessive gingival display, can be caused by a host of issues with your mouth such as a jaw development problem, incorrect bite, and hyperactive or overly short upper lip. But an important question remains: can you fix a gummy smile?

Whether you’re interested in fixing your gummy smile for only aesthetic reasons or to address these underlying issues, there are options that can help. Whether you’re interested in a non-surgical procedure, like orthodontic treatment or crowns, or a surgical procedure, like a gingivectomy or lip repositioning surgery, you can find information on a range of different treatment options here. Continue reading to find which may be the best option to fix your gummy smile and achieve the smile of your dreams. Continue reading “Fixing a Gummy Smile: What Can You Do?”

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Can Westend Help?

Ask individuals to explain which procedures qualify as cosmetic dentistry, and you might be surprised by the breadth of answers you’d get. Some would highlight surgical procedures such as tooth implants or gum lifts. Others might draw attention to relatively simple treatments such whitening or straightening. Continue reading “What Is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Can Westend Help?”

Understanding Gum Recession

Receding gums tend to sneak up on you. Few dental patients simply wake up one morning and notice a frighteningly long length of tooth extruding from their mouths. Instead, year after year of changing bodies and sometimes poor habits take their toll. Gaps start to form where healthy tissue once was, and cumulative health impacts slowly start to add up. But what exactly is gum recession? How many people deal with it? And what steps can you take to treat and prevent its insidious onset?  Continue reading “Understanding Gum Recession”

Dental Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exhilarating time, filled with excitement and preparation for your new baby. Taking care of our teeth while pregnant can often be the very last thing on our minds and most of us have no idea just how important it is! Both for you and the new baby, maintaining optimum oral health during pregnancy is a must! Continue reading “Dental Care During Pregnancy”