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Maintaining good oral health is important for preventing problems and preserving the natural teeth for as long as possible. However, there are times when extraction of a tooth is necessary. In such situations, extracting a problem tooth can safeguard your oral health by preventing the spread of infection. At Esthetic Enhancement, Dr. Anthony Marengo Jr., Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik are your Olathe family dentists for tooth extractions.
Reasons for Extraction
An extraction can be needed for several reasons. For instance, extraction of an infected tooth that is beyond restoration or repair will alleviate any pain, discomfort, or sensitivity previously caused by the infection. Extraction will also stop the infection from spreading to other teeth and infecting them, which could lead to the need for additional extractions. Your Olathe family dentist can determine if an extraction is needed in your case. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- A severely infected tooth
- A tooth severely damaged by an oral injury
- An impacted wisdom tooth that will not erupt
- Overcrowded teeth without enough space
- Deciduous (baby) teeth that have not fallen out on their own
The procedure for extracting a tooth is fairly straightforward. First, an x-ray will be taken so the dentist can examine the root of the affected tooth. This is important because an oddly positioned root can present a challenge to easily extracting the tooth. When this is known in advance, the dentist can make adjustments based on the positioning of the root so the tooth can be readily extracted.
Once the dentist is ready to extract your tooth, a local anesthesia will be applied to the area of the extraction site. The anesthesia helps minimize discomfort by numbing the area. A mild sedative can also be administered to help you relax during the procedure. Once the problem tooth has been extracted, the area will be stitched closed. Within one to two weeks, the are should be completely healed.
Tooth extraction is sometimes a necessary part of maintaining optimal oral health by eliminating unhealthy teeth and preventing the spread of infection to healthy ones. To find out if you might need a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marengo, Dr. Sylvester, or Dr. Kolarik, your Olathe, KS, family dentists, by calling Esthetic Enhancement at (913) 829-9222.
More goes into having a healthy, good-looking smile than just keeping your teeth clean—the way that they are aligned also matters. Allow a family dentist at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, to consult you about your orthodontic options. You may be a good candidate for Invisalign, a subtle, relatively fast, and effective way to fix the positioning of the teeth.
What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Dental scientists are always seeking ways to treat patients more efficiently and provide them with the dentistry options that they need to thrive. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that was designed for patients who don’t feel comfortable having metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands in their mouths for a long period of time. As opposed to these traditional orthodontic materials, Invisalign uses sets of clear, delicate, plastic trays are shaped to closely fit the indentations and surfaces of your teeth. During treatment, you will receive a new set of trays from your Olathe family dentist every couple of weeks, across a period of about six months to a year. Gradually over this period, your teeth will adjust to match the shape of the aligning trays.
Invisalign: Why It’s a Preferred Treatment
One of the more obvious reasons why patients prefer Invisalign is due to aesthetics. Most people won’t notice at all that you’re wearing a tray when you talk or smile because the trays are clear, thin, and fit snugly along your gumline. Another advantage over regular braces is that an aligning tray can be removed and put back in whenever you want. Also, not everyone can wait up to three years for a better smile—Invisalign does the job in less than half that time, on average!
A Much-Improved Smile
Spaces between the teeth, crowding, and excessive overbites can really make a smile look unattractive. Invisalign is a relatively simple treatment that will help fix all of these issues and more. Don’t underestimate the importance of smile esthetics—a study conducted Kelton Research showed that most people associate it with more success, confidence, and even trustworthiness.
Visit Your Family Dentist
Before you can receive your first Invisalign aligning tray, you must go to your Olathe, KS, family dentist for an initial consultation, and then to have dental impressions made. Start the process today by calling 913-829-9222 to set an appointment with Dr. Anthony Marengo, Jr., Dr. Jacob Sylvester, or Dr. Matthew Kolarik.
Let's say you're worried about a molar: chewing and cold beverages cause a stab of pain and sensitivity, letting you know something is definitely wrong. Must you lose this tooth? At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, family dentists, Dr. Anthony Marengo, Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik, offer state-of-the-art treatments to restore teeth to excellent form, function, and health. One such treatment is root canal therapy. It could save your sick tooth. Learn the signs that you may need a root canal.
What is a root canal?
Actually, a root canal is part of your tooth anatomy. Molars, such as your painful one, usually have three to four of these interior chambers, or canals, within them—one in each tooth root. Filled with connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, root canals are susceptible to damage, inflammation, and infection from deep decay, oral injury (cracks), infection, and other dental problems.
Fortunately, dentists have long used root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, for generations, removing diseased interior pulp, relieving uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms, and saving the tooth from extraction. At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, your family dentists gently and expertly perform this restorative service on scores of patients. After treatment, your teeth will feel better and last for many years, possibly even a lifetime!
To confirm you need a root canal, your dentist will examine and X-ray your tooth. Then, the treatment takes two office visits: one to remove the diseased pulp, add antiseptic medication, and seal the tooth, and another to cover the tooth with a lifelike dental crown made of porcelain.
Symptoms of a problem tooth
Signs you need endodontic therapy include:
- Severe toothache
- Drainage which smells and tastes bad
- Reddened gums
- Pus at the gum line
- A pimple on the gums near the affected tooth
- Change in the color of tooth enamel
- Swelling of the jaw
- Dental sensitivity to cold, heat, pressure, or sugar, that does not resolve quickly
- Cracked or missing tooth structure
It's not difficult
Root canal therapy does not cause dental pain or illness throughout the body. Instead, the process is comfortable, cures the infection and increases the strength and lifespan of the affected tooth. In just two visits, endodontics alleviates the dangers of abscess, decay, and other problems which threaten oral health.
To find out if a root canal could help you, please contact Esthetic Enhancement for an appointment. Family dentists Dr. Marengo, Dr. Sylvester, and Dr. Kolarik will be happy to help you and your tooth. Phone (913) 829-9222.
What your dentists in Olathe want you to know
Dental emergencies can be scary, but they will be less scary if you are prepared and know what to do. Your dentists at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS Dr. Anthony Marengo, Dr. Matthew Kolarik, and Dr. Jacob Sylvester, want to share what you need to know in case a dental emergency happens to you or someone you know.
Dental emergencies can occur from sports injuries, trauma, accidents, or even a bad fall onto the sidewalk. They can also occur at home, which is why you should have a dental first aid kit in a handy place. Your kit should contain:
- Over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol
- Saline solution or sterile water for rinsing
- Sterile gauze or tissue
- A small container with a lid
- Office and after-hours contact phone numbers for your dentist
So, what steps should you take if you have a dental emergency? There are several things you can do depending on the emergency. For example:
If you fall and break a tooth or knock the tooth out of position, you can try to:
- Rinse your mouth out gently
- Clean the area free of blood and debris
- Press gauze or tissue to the area to stop bleeding
- Apply ice to control swelling
- Gently try to move the tooth back into position
If your tooth is knocked out completely, you can try to:
- Rinse the tooth free of blood and debris
- Avoid touching the roots of the tooth
- Keep the tooth moist by placing it in the container with saline solution or putting the tooth between your gum and cheek
For more detailed information about dental emergencies, please visit the Emergency Dentist page on the Esthetic Enhancement page on the website at http://www.marengodds.com/emergency-dentist.html
Dental emergencies require the services of your dentist so call your dentist as soon as possible after the dental emergency happens. Don’t wait, because it could mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.
Don’t let a dental emergency take control of your smile. Instead, call your dentists at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS. It’s great to be prepared, so find out more by calling today!
A family dentist is your ticket to streamlined dental care for everyone in your household. There's no need for everyone to have separate dentists because Dr. Anthony Marengo, Dr. Matthew Kolarik, and Dr. Jacob Sylvester, your family dentists in Olathe, KS, include patients of all ages in their practice. Here's how we personalize care of each of your family members at Esthetic Enhancement.
Kids tend to thrive on routine, and by establishing your household with your family dentist in Olathe, you'll help them feel more comfortable about their dental visits. They'll know what to expect from each appointment instead of switching dentists as they age, and you can feel comfortable knowing that their unique dental needs are being met appropriately.
Family dentists can diagnose and manage children's dental needs from a very early age. Part of this training includes educating parents and caregivers in Olathe on the best diet and at-home care to start a lifetime of good oral health.
As kids get older, they should have a dentist that can help them prepare for their permanent set of teeth. This can include orthodontics and restorations, fields of dentistry in which your Olathe family dentist has experience. Monitoring the loss of primary teeth and the growth patterns of permanent teeth is essential to a great smile later in life.
Dr. Marengo, Dr. Kolarik and Dr. Sylvester can help you maintain your dental health throughout your life. It's a myth that missing teeth are part of the aging process, and your Olathe family dentist's goal is to help you retain your natural teeth through proper dental hygiene practices at home and regular check-ups, while effectively treating any problems that may arise.
Regardless of your age, the family dentistry staff at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS is ready to welcome you as a new patient! Call us today to schedule an appointment for yourself or your entire family.