Category Archives: Root Canals

  • 3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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    Hello Idaho, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist – speak). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Nampa, Meridian, and Sun Valley areas know what is happening during this anxiety – inducing, though routine, procedure.

    At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to a:

    An injury to a tooth
    A very deep cavity
    A crack in the tooth

    If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

    When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in Boise or Boise performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.

    Hi. I’m Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell of Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise. I hope that today’s Boise dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 208-922-6902.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry we offer:

    porcelain veneers
    prepless veneers
    teeth whitening
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    Excellence in Dentistry

    The following website was used as source material for this blog:
    http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Root Canal vs Dental Implant

    Nampa root canals vs tooth implants

    When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by performing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

    There are several factors that influence this decision. These include whether there is infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontal disease.

    During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

    The root canal is the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown. This protects what’s left of the tooth and allows normal function.

    A root canal is typically the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has acute decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

    But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. Teeth with curved roots are more difficult to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

    Because there is always a slight risk that a root canal can fail and eventually require extraction, some Boise patients wonder if they should just get a dental implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

    If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is required, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you do not currently have a dentist, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Blaisdell Family Dentistry.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, ID
    83709

     

  • Boise Endodontics

    Boise Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase “I’d rather have a root canal” to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our Boise dentistry patients and many report minimal discomfort.

    Boise root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many Idaho root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental professional.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, our goal is to help our Nampa, Meridian, and Sun Valley root canal patients avoid the necessity of endodontic treatment by providing important dental care. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth for one of our greater Boise area root canal patients, we provide the most advanced Boise endodontic treatment in Idaho

    How do you know if you need a root canal? You should talk to your Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some Boise endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is essential to visit your local Boise endodontic dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

    Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry, at 208-922-6902 to schedule an appointment.
      We are passionate about the highest standard of dental care.

    Excellence in Dentistry

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709