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Posts for: February, 2016

By Reep Family Dental
February 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Maybe you woke up this morning with a throbbing toothache, or maybe you went in for a routine dental appointment, only to be told you have a tooth that needs some work.

The words “root canal” may cause a little worry. A number of questions may pop up in your mind – how long does it take, what is Root Canalinvolved and is it expensive? But the big question one should ask is this: how can root canal therapy help me?

If you live in the Yakima, Washington area, the staff at Reep Family Dental and Sleep Solutions might be a good resource to help you find answers to that question.

The truth is, depending on your situation, root canal therapy can help significantly. Contrary to the usual jokes and horror stories, the procedure is safe, reliable, relatively quick, long-lasting, and painless.

Why do I need a root canal?

To better understand root canal therapy, it helps to understand the anatomy of a tooth. According to the American Association of Endodontists, what you see in the mirror when you smile – your “pearly whites” – is the outer hard cover enamel layer of each of your teeth. Inside each tooth, under the enamel and another hard layer called the dentin is a soft tissue called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. That pulp helps grow the root of your tooth during its development.

In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. When that pulp becomes inflamed or worse, infected, an endodontist can treat it by removing the infected or inflamed pulp, disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and replacing the pulp with a substance similar to what your dentist would use for fillings. The tooth can then be recovered with a crown. While your dentist will walk you through the particulars, generally, the procedure can be done in one or two visits.

The important thing to remember is the result is going to be a repaired tooth that is strong, natural looking, and can last as long as the rest of your teeth. If you are in the Yakima, Washington area, and you are seeking information about root canals, or you need a qualified dentist to help you with such a decision, consider contacting Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions. For more information call 509-248-0896 or visit the website at www.reepfamilydental.com.

By Reep Family Dental
February 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing  

Why Do I Need to Floss? Flossing can keep your teeth and gums healthy.

So, what’s the big deal about flossing? You brush your teeth, isn’t that enough? The short answer is no, brushing only cleans part of flossingyour teeth; a toothbrush will never be able to clean in between your teeth. Often, that’s where a cavity will start. Your dentist, Dr. Nic Reep in Yakima, Washington wants you to know why flossing is so important to the health of your teeth and gums.

When you eat food, the hidden sugars in food combine with the normal bacteria in your mouth to form an acid. This acid is strong enough to eat through your tooth enamel. After the acid has eaten through your enamel, which is the hardest substance in your body, it will eat through the dentin underneath. That’s when you have a cavity that needs to be filled. If you let things go, the acid will eat through to the pulp and then you need a root canal. If you floss daily, you can prevent the formation of acid which causes the decay. You can stop decay in its tracks!

Dr. Reep wants you to know it isn’t just your teeth that benefit from flossing. It’s also your gums. If you don’t floss, bacteria-laden plaque builds up between your teeth. If the plaque and bacteria are left alone, toxins will form which start infecting your gums. Your gum inflammation can destroy the soft and hard tissue that holds your teeth in place. Pretty soon, that tiny crevice you should have been flossing has turned into a deep pocket, almost impossible for you to clean. You now have periodontal disease.

Don’t wait to start flossing. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy so that you can avoid:

  • Bacterial acid causing decay in between your teeth
  • Deep decay turning into the need for a root canal or extraction
  • Plaque in between your teeth turning into gum inflammation
  • Gum inflammation resulting in periodontal disease

Flossing is an important way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but you need to see your dentist regularly too. Don’t procrastinate! Make an appointment with Dr. Nic Reep in Yakima, Washington. He will help you protect your teeth and gums. Call him today and find out more about what he can do for you!