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What Happens During a Root Canal?

Hearing that you need a root canal, can be shocking and worrisome at first. However, there is no need to worry. At Cox Family Dentistry, Dr. Cox and their team will only recommend a root canal only if it is absolutely necessary. Contrary to what most people think, root canals are not extremely painful procedures. The infection that occurs before the root canal is the painful part because the bacteria from the infection is irritating the nerves and gumline. Below we will discuss the why Dr. Cox and their team at Cox Family Dentistry may recommend a root canal and the steps of the procedure.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

There are many reasons why Dr. Cox and their team at Cox Family Dental may recommend a root canal. There are three main causes of a root canal: decay, damage, and disease. First, if you have a large cavity that has progressed into the center of the tooth in the pulp, then you may need a root canal. This amount of decay is too large to fix with a simple filling. Similarly, the second reason you may have a root canal is damage, which can develop decay. If you fall and damage your tooth, the exposed root can collect bacteria causing infection and pain. Lastly, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry may recommend a root canal if you have a large infection in the inner layer of your tooth, called your pulp. Whatever the reason for the root canal, it is important that you do not postpone this procedure because it could lead to tooth loss or a more serious infection.

Symptoms of a Root Canal

If you are experiencing an extreme toothache, you may be worried that you may need a root canal. Common symptoms include hot and cold sensitivity, tender or swollen gums next to the infected tooth, toothache, small bump on the gumline next to the irritated tooth, and a darker appearance of the tooth. If you have any of these symptoms, call Cox Family Dentistry today to find out how Dr. Cox and their team can help improve your oral health.

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How Can I Prevent A Root Canal?

At Cox Family Dental, we always encourage our patients to practice good oral health to avoid expensive and timely procedures like a root canal. The best way to prevent a root canal is to develop a good oral hygiene routine. First, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and floss your teeth once per day. Next, remember to visit Dr. Cox and their team at Cox Family Dental in Plano, Texas every six months for regular exams and cleanings. Actively taking care of your oral health and being aware of potential issues, is the first step into better oral and overall health.

How long do root canals last?

A root canal from Cox Family Dental in Plano, Texas will last a lifetime with the right care and good oral health routine. Actually, 95% of all root canals are successful. A root canal may be the best way to improve your oral health and increase the likelihood of keeping your natural tooth.

Getting a root canal does not have to be a scary experience. With the right knowledge, tools, and team, your procedure can be comfortable and beneficial for your oral and overall health. For more information about procedures at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas or to plan your next visit, call (972)-468-8692, today!

Dental Implant: How To Place It

If you have a missing or decayed tooth, you may my need a dental implant. There are a number of benefits from dental implants in comparison to traditional options like bridges or dentures. More importantly, dental implants can last for a lifetime with the right care. Before you invest in an implant, you should discuss the procedures, benefits, and risks with Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas. First, we will talk about the alternatives to dental implants. Then, we will explain how dental implants are placed. 

1. What is a Dental Bridge?

To place a bridge, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry fills the gap where you tooth was with a dental crown. This crown is anchored on the two surrounding teeth with additional crowns. You can think of the anchoring crowns as caps that go over the existing teeth. Overall, receiving a dental bridge is less invasive procedure than a dental implant because Dr. Cox replaces the tooth, not the tooth and the root. However, in a dental bridge procedure, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas may file down existing, healthy teeth to support the dental bridge. To some patients, this is a disadvantage because healthy teeth are altered. Overall, dental bridges do not last as long as dental implants and the teeth supporting the bridge can develop decay.

2. What is a Partial Denture?

Partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth with a pink gum-like base. The denture is placed over the gums. You can choose between removable partial dentures or fixed partial dentures, which are attached existing teeth via a metal wire. Typically, partial dentures are used to fill one more than one missing tooth, with one or more natural teeth that act as supporting structures for the partial denture.

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3. How are Dental Implants Placed?

Now, let’s talk about how a dental implant is done. To place a dental implant, first, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano will decide if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Dr. Cox and his team will examine the amount of jawbone that is left under your tooth. Then, during surgery, Dr. Cox will clear out the missing tooth’s root and place a metal dental implant post. This will act as your tooth’s new root. The next step is to wait for bone growth around the dental implant post. At this stage, there is not a visible tooth above the gumline. Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas can give you a temporary denture to place in this area until the procedure is completed. Lastly, Dr. Cox will add a permeant crown over the dental implant post.

Just like bridges and partial dentures, dental implants vary in structure and size. If you only have one missing tooth, you can receive a singular dental implant. However, if you have multiple missing teeth, Dr. Cox may attach a row teeth to four or five posts within in the gums. Overall, dental implants offer more stability and they increase the lifespan of the oral prosthetic compared to dental bridges and partial dentures.

 

Choosing a dental implant can be a life changing decision. It is important to talk to Dr. Cox at Cox Family dentistry in Plano, Texas to explore all of your options first. For more information about dental implants, bridges, or partial dentures, or to plan your next visit, call Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas at (972)-468-8692, today!

Tips To Enhance Your Oral Health

A beautiful, healthy smile can be hard to maintain without the right tips and tricks. Brushing and flossing are only a piece of the oral health puzzle. What you eat, drink, and your habits can affect your oral health. Below are the four three tips that you can do today to improve your oral health.

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Identify Healthy and Unhealthy Habits

Do you use tobacco products? Do you brush your teeth once a day? Or, do you sip on sweet tea or coffee all day without water? These could all be preventing you from achieving your dream smile. Talk with Dr. Cox and discuss your oral health strengthens and weaknesses. The Cox Family Dental team can also identify potential problem areas in your smile. In this case, knowledge is power. The more information that you have about your smile, the better you can protect it from disease.

 

Create an Oral Health Care Plan

With Dr. Cox and the Cox Family Dental team, you can create a plan to care for your teeth. For the best results, you should visit Cox Family Dental once every six months for a cleaning. However, if you need a crown or a filling, or if you have periodontal disease, Dr. Cox may recommend that you visit more often. This is to protect the health of your teeth and maintain a good oral health plan.

Make Realistic Goals

Oral health and a beautiful smile are great things to want, but they do not happen overnight. Depending on the condition of your mouth when you set your goal, it could take months or even years to reach your goal. But, don’t worry, that does not mean you will not see results. If you follow the two tips above, you get the smile of your dreams. The best way to set goals is to make a S.M.A.R.T. goal. This stands for a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time oriented goal. An example is, over the next six months, I will brush my teeth once a day and floss once a day along with rinsing my teeth after drinking coffee. Notice that this goal is not a want, it is something that you will do!

Stay Motivated!

Brushing and flossing daily can seem like an unwanted chore. On top of that, remembering to drink water while consuming sugar food and drinks can seem like too much to ask! Maintaining oral health can be frustrating. But, don’t give up! Remember, that most diseases begin in your mouth. So, bad oral health could worsen your overall health. Stay motivated and don’t get discouraged.

 

Yes, you can achieve your dream smile by working hard at home. At first, it may see difficult and impossible to reach your goal, but you can do this. Form your goal into a S.M.A.R.T. goal and work on it everyday Also, you can work with the Cox Family Dentistry team and Dr. Cox to achieve your results. For more information on how to improve your oral health call or visit Cox Family Dentistry, today!

Foods that Can Better Your Oral Health

The foods that you eat can directly affect your oral and overall health. Foods with added sugars can hurt your smile. How does this happen? First, in your mouth, the sugar turns to acid that makes holes in the outer layer of your tooth. Next, a cavity begins to form. However, sugar is not the only bad guy. Carbohydrates and starches in foods like bread and pasta can turn into acids in your mouth. Lastly, they may begin to destroy your teeth. But, her is the good news! There are a few foods that can improve your overall health. Read below to find out more. 

 

Calcium Rich

Foods that have a lot of calcium in them are better for your oral health. Why? Well, the calcium strengthens the outer shell of your tooth and protects it from acids. A few examples of these foods and drinks are nuts, milk, cheese, broccoli, spinach, and chicken or other meats.

 

Crunchy Fruits

Firm fruits with high concentrations of water can rinse and scrub your teeth while you eat them. When you eat foods like apples and vegetables, the water in the food and the saliva in your mouth mixes together to break down sugars before they turn into acid. Who knew?! However, be careful when eating acidic fruits and vegetables. These foods may have more acid than water. In this case, they may hurt your teeth more than help them. 

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Sugarless Beverages

Drinks such as milk, water, and unsweetened tea can rinse your mouth of bacteria and acids. Remember, sugars, even in drinks, can cause tooth decay. Dr. Cox’s tip? Stay hydrated with sugarless drinks!

 

Sadly, sugary drinks and foods such as potato chips, french fries, dried fruit, candies, and sodas cause tooth decay. But, you can help your teeth be healthy! How? Fight cavities by eating healthy, brushing your teeth twice a day, and visiting Dr. Cox twice a year for a cleaning. For information about nutrition and the health of your teeth visit Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry, today!