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Thomas G. Faiver DDS, PC FAGD
East Lansing, MI 48823
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Find out if that toothache could mean that a root canal is in your near future.
Nothing is better than having a healthy, happy smile. Of course, there are issues that can arise along the way that will require immediate attention from our East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver. While we know you don’t want to come into the office if you don’t have to, it’s a good idea to call us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- A toothache
- Sudden tooth sensitivity
- Tooth darkening
- Swollen or tender gums around the affected tooth
- A bump or growth on the gums around the tooth
These are some classic signs that you may need a root canal. A toothache alone is a dental emergency that requires immediate attention.
What is a root canal?
This procedure gets a bad rep, but it truly is no more invasive than getting a dental filling. Sometimes decay, an infection or a traumatic injury causes enough damage or goes untreated long enough to affect an internal structure within the tooth known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a soft structure made up of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Since the pulp is the only part of the tooth that contains nerves, it makes sense that when the pulp is infected or inflamed that your tooth starts to hurt.
The purpose of a root canal is to remove the source of the pain. Once a tooth has fully matured the dental pulp is no longer necessary for the health and function of a permanent tooth. This means that our East Lansing, MI, restorative dentist can remove the pulp without affecting the overall integrity of the tooth. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so the area will be completely numb before we go inside the tooth. The inside of the tooth is also thoroughly disinfected and then sealed up to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth again.
After the root canal is finished, we will take impressions of the tooth and then prep the tooth for a dental crown. A crown will restore function while improving the overall appearance of the tooth. While the permanent crown is being made we will place a temporary crown over the treated tooth.
Do you have questions about getting a root canal? Are you dealing with dental pain or another dental emergency that requires immediate care? Then don’t hesitate to call our East Lansing, MI, dental office right away.
Properly caring for your smile begins with committed at-home oral care including both brushing and flossing. However, this only makes up half of an effective dental hygiene routine. Regular cleanings and oral examinations help your smile in more ways than one, ensuring that your teeth remain clean and healthy. Find out what makes cleanings and examinations so important with Dr. Thomas Faiver in East Lansing, MI.
What can I expect at a dental examination and cleaning?
Your examination will begin with your dentist looking at your head, neck, and mouth to ensure there are no obvious abnormalities. Then, they will examine your teeth and oral tissues, looking for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other dental issues which would require treatment. If your dentist finds a problem, they may suggest a procedure like a dental filling or a root canal which would correct the issue. A dental hygienist will then thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any plaque or tartar with special scraping or supersonic tools. After your cleaning, your dentist will polish the teeth and schedule your next regular appointment in six months.
Why are examinations and cleanings so important?
If left untreated, the early stages of teeth decay and gum disease can progress into a more advanced condition. Though most oral issues are treatable, the more advanced they become, the more invasive and complex procedure it requires. Finding and treating problems early allows your dentist to nip the condition in the bud and even preventing more serious conditions from occurring at all.
Regular Cleanings and Oral Examinations in East Lansing, MI
Regardless of their age or dental condition, patients should see their dentist at least once every six months for regular examinations and cleanings. They should also commit to a strong at-home dental routine consisting of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Together, these dental habits will keep your smile healthy and free from decay and disease.
For more information on routine cleanings and exams, please contact Dr. Faiver in East Lansing, MI. Call (517) 351-7222 to schedule your appointment for a cleaning and exam with Dr. Faiver today!
Do you know what to do if you chip a tooth? East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver explains the steps you should take if your tooth chips and explains treatment options.
Why do teeth chip?
As you get older, your tooth enamel can become a little brittle, increasing the risk of a chip. Chips can also occur if you receive a blow to the face, have a cavity or bite into a hard food or object. Although nothing may have happened when you've opened bottles or packages with your teeth in the past, you never know when using your teeth in place of an opener or scissors may damage your smile.
What should I do if I chip my tooth?
Even small chips can be a problem, particularly if the edges of the chip are rough or sharp. Applying a little dental wax, available at drugstores, will prevent cuts to your lip, tongue and mouth until you schedule an appointment with our East Lansing office.
Using dental wax to reduce irritation is also important if you have a larger chip. Call our East Lansing office during regular hours if you develop a small chip in your tooth. If a large part of the tooth has broken off, call us as soon as possible so that we can determine if you need emergency treatment.
How are chips treated?
Small chips in teeth can be often be smoothed out by polishing your teeth. Larger chips can be repaired by bonding, a process that involves filling in the chipped area with composite resin, a flexible material that hardens quickly when exposed to a curing light. Dental veneers offer another option to repair small chips. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the front of your teeth.
If you have a large chip, your teeth may need to be restored with a dental crown. Crowns are hollow porcelain restorations that slip over your teeth. They not only restore the appearance of your smile but also make eating much easier. If a large chip exposes the pulp at the center of your tooth, you may also need a root canal.
Do you have a chip or other dental issue? Call East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver at (517) 351-7222 to schedule an appointment.
Jaw pain can be annoying or downright unbearable. It can make eating, smiling and talking difficult and may even cause you to lose sleep due to the discomfort. If you've been experiencing ongoing jaw pain, it may be time to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas Faiver, your dentist in East Lansing, MI. Dr. Faiver uses his dental experience in diagnosing and treating disorders of the jaw. Below are some of the causes of jaw pain.
For many people, jaw pain comes from an alignment problem called TMJ, which is short for temporomandibular joint, the clinical term for the jaw. Also called TMD or TMJD (with the "D" standing for "disorder"), your East Lansing dentist sees many patients who deal with this common cause of jaw pain. Often TMJ is a result of a naturally misaligned jaw, although trauma to the area can also cause it to develop. The symptoms of TMJ are numerous and can include a grinding, popping, or clicking sensation when you talk or chew, a feeling that your jaw is "locked" open or closed, and pain that can radiate into your head, ear, neck or shoulders.
When you visit your East Lansing dentist with a complaint of jaw pain, he will do a thorough evaluation to find out the cause. It may be due to an underlying problem with your teeth. Muscle tension can also be responsible for jaw pain. If you're under a lot of stress, you may be clenching your jaw that causes the surrounding muscles to become tense and inflamed. Whatever is causing your jaw pain, Dr. Faiver will work with you to treat it effectively, whether it's through dental appliances, medication or relaxation techniques.
Don't let your jaw pain affect your entire life. Contact your East Lansing, MI dentist, Dr. Faiver, to schedule an evaluation today!
Learn more about dental implants from your East Lansing dentist.
Losing your teeth? Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of teeth. Dr. Thomas Faiver offers a full range of dental services, including dental implants to his patients in the East Lansing, MI area. Dental implants are critically important for some people with missing teeth. Here's why.
Do you have bone loss in your jaw? Tooth loss can lead to a cascade of oral health problems, such as the loss of some of your jawbone. Jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss and stimulate bone growth.
Shifting of Teeth
Are your teeth drifting out of place? Although your teeth feel as if they are set in the jawbone, they are capable of shifting out of place. Tooth loss causes the surrounding teeth to shift at an accelerated rate. This can lead to a collapse of bite support. Dental implants can prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of place.
Dental implants fit, feel, and function like natural teeth. Tooth loss can make it difficult for people to pronounce certain words. Implants can improve your clarity of speech. With implants, you will feel more confident when you speak with people.
Tooth loss can also make it difficult for people to chew food. With dental implants, you will experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability. Dental implants will allow you to eat all the foods you love without hesitation.
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile. If you suffer from missing teeth, call Dr. Thomas Faiver at (517) 351-7222 today to schedule a consultation in East Lansing, MI. Remember, it's never too late to beautify your smile.
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