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3 Common Reasons for Orthodontic Treatment

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Woman With Healthy TeethYour teeth are important for a many reasons. While they help you chew, eat, and speak, your teeth also make up your smile, which greatly affects your appearance and self-esteem. Unfortunately, issues affecting the location of your teeth can lead to underlying dental problems, eating difficulties, speech impediments, discomfort, and even self-esteem issues.

Thankfully, orthodontic treatment can help. With this guide, you will learn a few common reasons why you may need orthodontic treatment.

1. Crooked Teeth

There are many causes of crooked teeth. For instance, your baby or permanent teeth may not have erupted properly. Or you may have suffered a trauma to the mouth that displaced or knocked out one or more teeth. Certain habits such as thumb sucking, a pacifier, or a bottle used for a long period of time after to primary teeth have erupted, can affect the location and alignment of teeth.

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Procedures

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If you have an abscessed tooth or a tooth that decay has severely affected, your dentist may recommend that you do a root canal procedure. This procedure is often an alternative to pulling a tooth and keeps the tooth in your mouth, which is often better for your overall oral health in the long term.

Of course, if you’re like most patients, you probably have a few questions about root canal procedures. Hopefully, you will find the answers below.

1. Are Root Canals Painful?

Somewhere along the line, root canals got the unfortunate reputation of being painful. The idea of a dentist drilling into your tooth and removing the pulp — which is what happens during a root canal — does not sound pleasant. And it would not be if not for modern anesthetics.

Thankfully, your dentist will inject your gums with a local anesthetic prior to doing any work on your tooth. This won’t render you unconscious like general anesthesia, but it will ensure you don’t feel a thing during the procedure. You’ll just feel a mild pinch and stinging sensation during the injection itself.

Some patients do experience jaw aches from holding their mouth open during the root canal, but this tends to be minor. If you’ve dealt with toothaches and other dental discomfort, a root canal can actually ease that pain.

Crest Hill
Family Dental

2410 W Caton Farm Rd, Suite C
Crest Hill, IL 60403
Phone: (815) 439-1111
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