Find out when root canal therapy is necessary and why it’s so beneficial.
Are you dealing with a painful toothache that suddenly came out of nowhere? Dental pain can be a sign you that you need root canal therapy. Our Houston general dentist Dr. M. Roman Kotlarek is here to tell you some of the warning signs that you may need a root canal and how this procedure could just end up preserving your beautiful smile.
If you are dealing with these symptoms it’s important that you seek dental care right away:
- A toothache
- Tooth sensitivity (particularly to hot or cold temperatures)
- Tender, swollen gums around the problem tooth
- A pimple-like growth on the gums (known as an abscess)
Of course, many people hear the words “root canal” and it immediately conjures up negative images in their head. Ignoring the problem can mean needing to get the tooth removed in the future. This can be prevented if you get the care you need from our Houston dentist as soon as possible.
The pain associated with a toothache is the result of a damaged dental pulp, a soft tissue structure within the tooth. When the dental pulp becomes infected or inflamed it needs to be removed in order to preserve the natural tooth. The good news is that the pain you are experiencing will go away once a root canal is performed. While most people assume that a root canal causes pain, the opposite is actually true. Root canal therapy takes away the source of the pain.
Not only that, but getting a root canal will actually help preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible so that you can keep your tooth rather than extracting the tooth and then needing a tooth replacement.
And if you still need reassurance about your upcoming root canal treatment, we pride ourselves on providing gentle dental care right here in Houston.
Don’t ignore dental symptoms. Nip this problem in the bud before it gets worse. Call Roman Dental in Houston, TX right away and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing. We will get you in for treatment as soon as possible.
Renowned cosmetic dentist, Roman Kotlarek, DDS practicing in Houston, wants Texans to understand and benefit from innovative crown, veneer, implant and cosmetic dental treatments.
Do you feel like your smile is holding back your social or professional life? Have you broken a tooth and fear chipping others? Are you missing visible teeth? Do you want to save your smile? If so, consider the benefits of veneers, crowns and dental implants! Modern materials and techniques can make your smile look fantastic. Dr. M. Roman Kotlarek at Roman Dental in Houston, Texas wants to help you discover what cosmetic dental crowns and bridges can do for you and your smile.
If you have badly damaged, broken or missing teeth, dental crowns are a solution. If you have large metal fillings, you probably already know how they crumble and break. Dental crowns are different. They cover your teeth with hard, protective shells, shielding your teeth from strong biting forces. They resist breakage and restore full chewing function to your teeth.
Today dental veneers and crowns, free of greyish metal, are beautiful and strong. All Porcelain crowns enhance your smile. With thoughtful planning, dental veneers and crowns can correct the stains chips and other defects that detract from personal appearance. New dental ceramics are used by Dr. Kotlarek to achieve aesthetic dental results. Working with a talented team of dental assistants, and master laboratory technicians: beautiful smiles are created.
Eliminating the unsightly grey edges, that distract from personal appearance, around old crowns can be simply and predictably achieved. When you are laughing, smiling and having a good time with others, do your teeth distract or dazzle?
Dr. Roman Kotlarek and his “Roman Dental Team” were placed on earth to help you achieve a dazzling smile.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Kotlarek’s patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at http://www.romandental.com/gallery.html
Fine dental care utilizing veneers, crowns and implants affects your smile, your joy… your life. You deserve to look great and feel great; in the mirror, start every morning with a wonderful smile.
Call Dr. Mark Roman Kotlarek at Roman Dental in Houston, Texas. His team stands ready to help.
It can be alarming to be awakened in the middle of the night by a screeching, gritting sound coming from your child’s bedroom. No, it’s not a scene from a horror movie: it’s your child grinding their teeth as they sleep — a behavior so prevalent in children under eleven it’s considered normal.
That doesn’t mean, however, you should completely ignore it. While it isn’t harmful for most children, a few can encounter tooth wear, pain or trouble sleeping that calls for some form of intervention.
The causes for tooth grinding and similar habits known collectively as bruxism aren’t thoroughly understood, but in children it’s believed linked to the immaturity of the neuromuscular system that controls chewing. Some point to shifts from one stage of sleep to another — more than 80% of grinding episodes occur in lighter stages of sleep and only 5% to 10% during the deeper Rapid-Eye-Movement (REM) stage. It also seems prevalent in children who snore or have other symptoms of sleep apnea.
One primary concern is how the behavior can affect teeth, particularly through abnormal wear. The teeth, of course, make hundreds of contacts with each other every day during eating, speaking or jaw movement. If, however, the forces generated during these contacts chronically exceed normal parameters, as with bruxism, it can cause accelerated tooth wear. This can result in a higher susceptibility to tooth decay and appearance changes later in life.
If your child is exhibiting problems associated with teeth grinding, there are ways to address it. We may recommend a thin, plastic mouthguard they wear while sleeping that prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other. We may also refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist if we suspect signs of sleep apnea. And, children under severe psychological stress, which can also trigger teeth grinding, could benefit from behavioral therapy.
The good news is most grinding habits fade as children enter their teens. In the meantime, keep a watchful eye and see us if you notice any indications this common habit is affecting their health and well-being.
If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Periodontal disease, more often referred to as gum disease, can take a damaging toll on your smile. Catching gum disease early ensures that its effects are more easily treatable. Learn more about spotting gum disease in its earliest stages and what you can do to prevent it with Roman Dental in Houston, TX.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when the gum tissue becomes inflamed and irritated due to plaque that is not removed from the teeth. While gum disease begins as simple inflammation, it can quickly evolve into a serious condition which, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. However, most cases of gum disease are reversible. Catching periodontal issues in their earliest stages makes the chances of decreasing or even preventing the effects of gum disease much higher.
Do I have periodontal disease?
One of the first signs of periodontal disease is bleeding gums while flossing. Many people believe that this symptom is actually a sign to stop flossing their teeth. However, in reality, about two weeks of continued flossing will actually reverse this symptom. Other symptoms of gum disease include:
- swollen gums
- irritated gums
- bleeding gums
- gums which pull away from the teeth
- loosened teeth
- sensitive teeth
- receding gums
How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Preventing periodontal disease is as easy as ensuring that you commit to a strong at-home oral care routine coupled with regular visits to your dentist for examinations and cleanings. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once will keep your teeth healthy and free of decay in between your dental visits, which you should schedule every six months.
Periodontal Disease Treatments in Houston, TX
Treatments for mild gum disease begin very conservatively with a simple professional teeth cleaning and a commitment to a daily flossing routine on top of brushing. Flossing at least once a day is often enough to reverse the symptoms of the early stages of gum disease. However, untreated periodontal issues evolve into more complex conditions, requiring more invasive treatments like a “deep” or periodontal cleaning.
For more information on periodontal disease, please contact Roman Dental in Houston, TX. Call (281) 920-4200 to schedule your appointment today!
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