Root canal therapy is an important dental restoration which saves failing teeth from extraction. Comfortable and effective, a root canal takes just two visits to your dentist, Dr. Julie Forte and her team at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley. Really--just two visits!
What is a root canal?
A root canal is part of your tooth's natural anatomy. It contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. There may be up to four roots, and therefore, four root canals, per tooth.
Unfortunately, these interior canals are subject to bacterial invasion from decay or injury. Over time, the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, and toothache pain results.
At Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, your dentist determines the extent of dental damage and may recommend a root canal procedure to clean out the tooth, seal it and cover it with a realistic porcelain crown. Dr. Forte performs root canal therapy in its entirety in her office. Most people need only local anesthetic, but some patients benefit from oral conscious sedation (tranquilizers) for added relaxation and relief of any anxiety.
Annually, American patients undergo about 15 million root canal procedures, says the American Association of Endodontists. The treatments are highly successful, relieve pain, and allow patients to keep their natural teeth.
Signs you may need a root canal
Some ailing teeth show no obvious signs of trouble. That's why regular check-ups at Forte Family Dentistry are so important.
However, other teeth may be very symptomatic. These danger signs may include:
- Toothache pain (severe and throbbing)
- Jaw and gum swelling
- Dental sensitivity to cold, heat, and sugar
- A pimple on the gums
- Tender, swollen gums
- Drainage which smells and tastes bad
- Bad breath which persists
- Enamel discoloration
- A crack or chip obvious upon inspection or X-ray
- Extensive and deep decay
- Multiple fillings in a single tooth (along with filling breakdown)
Living with your restored tooth
Teeth restored with root canal therapy usually last for many years--even decades. Key to their useful lives is:
- Daily flossing and twice daily brushing to keep crown margins free of plaque and tartar
- Six-month examinations and cleanings at Forte Family Dentistry
- Consuming a low-sugar, high-fiber diet
If you do need root canal therapy, Dr. Julia Forte and her team will care for both you and your tooth so well you'll both thrive. Call Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, any time you have a question or a concern about the health of a particular tooth. We're here to help! The office phone number is (248) 546-2030.
Teeth whitening has become a very popular cosmetic dental service. Why? It's because people see the value in a bright, attractive smile. It helps both interpersonal and professional relationships, and who wouldn't feel good about a beautiful, bright set of teeth? At Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, Dr. Julie Forte offers at-home and in-office teeth whitening services to help adults of all ages reach their smile goals.
FAQs about Teeth Whitening
What is teeth whitening? It's the process of applying hydrogen peroxide gel to tooth surfaces stained by tobacco, coffee, sports drinks, and more. Poor oral hygiene habits contribute to dull, yellowed teeth, but teeth whitening treatments improve tooth color by as much as 8 shades.
Will this chemical ruin my tooth enamel or gums? As opposed to shopping mall whitening services or drugstore products, professional teeth whitening is very safe. Your Berkley, MI, dentist will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums before advising teeth whitening or any cosmetic dental service. Also, Dr. Forte will place a protective dam in your mouth to keep the gel from spilling on your gums or lips. The trays you use at home are customized to fit your teeth perfectly, so the gel does not spill onto your soft oral tissues. You may, however, notice a bit of tooth sensitivity after the treatment, but this will resolve quickly.
How long does the treatment take? If you choose in-office whitening, expect to spend one to two hours at Forte Family Dentistry. If you whiten at home, the process takes about a week of daily applications.
Do the results last? Most teeth whitening treatments produce dramatic results which last for months--even years. The key to keeping your smile white is good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings at Forte Family Dentistry, maintains that sparkling, bright finish. Also, you should avoid tobacco and reduce the amount of coffee, tea, and other dark foods and beverages you consume.
Find out more
Of course, you have more questions. So, why not arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry. We love helping our patients make informed decisions about their oral health and smile appearance. Call our Berkley, MI, office at (248) 546-2030 today!
A teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Berkley, MI, can rejuvenate your smile
When you smile into the mirror, do you like the smile you see? Is it bright, white, and dazzling? Quite often, our smiles can become dull and yellowed due to aging, coffee, tobacco use, and other factors. You can take back what years and habits have done to your smile. You can rejuvenate your smile! The answer is a professional teeth whitening treatment! Dr. Julie M. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, offers professional whitening that can give you the beautiful smile you deserve.
If you have a dull smile, you may have tried over-the-counter whitening products. Many people turn to these products to help whiten their teeth. What they don’t know is that some of these products contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents that can make your teeth sensitive. They also have fair to limited effectiveness, and the results you achieve don’t tend to last very long.
Professional teeth whitening is different. It’s far more effective than over-the-counter products. Just consider these important benefits:
- Professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.
- Professional teeth whitening can give you long-lasting results that can last up to 5 years.
- Professional teeth whitening treatments are quick, taking only about an hour.
- Professional teeth whitening products are rigorously tested for both safety and effectiveness and are approved by the American Dental Association.
A professional teeth whitening treatment begins with prescription-strength gel applied to your teeth. The whitening action of the gel is accelerated with a special ultraviolet light. After about an hour. The gel is removed and you have a dazzling white smile!
When you choose professional teeth whitening, you can achieve a brilliant, beautiful smile inexpensively compared to other cosmetic dental services. Rejuvenating your smile is easy. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Julie M. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI. Begin your journey to a brighter, whiter smile by calling today!
Damage to a tooth can happen in an instant. You take a bite of crusty bread and notice part of your tooth embedded in the crust or take an elbow to the face during a pickup basketball game and hear an ominous cracking sound. Luckily, it's easy to restore and protect damaged teeth with crowns provided by Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte.
Crowns encase teeth with a protective shell
Crowns are made of strong materials that look like your tooth enamel. Hollow porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin crowns fit on top of damaged or broken teeth after their size has been reduced slightly. Crowns are often used to restore the shape, height and width of teeth, prevent damage or even change the appearance of teeth. After your Berkely prepares your tooth, she'll make an impression of your mouth and provide you with a temporary crown that you'll wear while you wait for the dental laboratory to create your permanent crown.
Dental crowns offer several advantages
Dental crowns not only restore damaged teeth but also prevent damage from worsening. If your tooth is cracked or brittle, your dentist may recommend a crown. If you don't get a crown and continue to chew on the tooth, it may eventually fracture or break. Crowns absorb strong forces generated by biting and chewing, protecting the teeth underneath.
If your tooth has broken, a crown will restore the tooth's normal appearance. Although the addition of a crown will help you feel better about your appearance, crowns offer other important benefits, such as:
- Better Biting: It's difficult to chew and bite when part of your tooth is missing. Crowns make the simple act of eating easy again.
- No Cuts: The edges of broken teeth can tear the fragile tissues in your lips or cheeks. Crowns cover the edges, preventing injuries.
- Elimination of Pain: Broken teeth can very painful if the break exposes the pulp. Crowns cover the pulp, ending your pain.
Crowns are also a good choice if you don't like the way a tooth looks. They can be used to lengthen a short tooth, conceal an oddly shaped tooth or hide a discolored tooth.
Protect, restore and enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte at (248) 546-2030 to schedule an appointment.
Refusing, or delaying your trip to the dentist's office?
Your Berkley, MI, dentist, Dr. Julie Forte wants you to understand that missing dental visits can be harmful to your oral and dental health. If you dodge the dentist you may need more invasive procedures, rather than a simple professional cleaning, or dental filling.
What other procedures may you need?
- Dental Implants: Losing your teeth can be detrimental to one's confidence. While a tooth can be lost due to a sports injury or an accident, it can also be lost due to infrequent visits to the doctor. If your cavities have turned into issues a root canal treatment can't fix, then an extraction may be needed. During a dental implant procedure, the dentist will insert a titanium post, allow it to fuse to the jawbone for three to six months, then place an abutment and crown on top.
- Root Canal Therapy: If you sustain an injury, like a crack or a fracture, or your cavities have allowed bacteria to reach the pulp, this means you may have a tooth infection. The dentist will have to remove the tissue, disinfect the area and seal it. If the deterioration is too massive, your doctor will give you a temporary crown that will be swapped out with a permanent crown in another visit to your dentist's Berkley office.
How to Care for Your Teeth:
In addition to visiting your doctor, you need to take care of your teeth at home. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, and don't skip flossing, at least once before bed.
Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will help reduce the chances of you needing to deal with serious dental problems. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a visit your Berkley, MI, dentist, just call Dr. Julie Forte at (248) 546-2030.
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