Having been a dental hygienist, the day I walked into Dr Tanya Browns office, I knew I was in good hands. I am so proud of my new smile & I receive compliments all the time.

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Root Canal Basics in Chesapeake, VA

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Root Canal Basics in Chesapeake, VA

Most people know something about root canal treatments. Mostly, they think they want to avoid it! But you might be surprised at the facts of root canal therapy? We’d like to tell you how we perform root canals at The Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake.

Why would I need root canal treatment?

The pulp and root canals of your tooth contain all the blood vessels and nerves that your tooth needs to thrive. If something happens to them, and the nerves are damaged or infected, then you can experience discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity to heat or cold in or around the tooth.

How does Dr. Brown perform root canal therapy?

A root canal is a way to save your natural tooth. That’s the most important thing, and why you want to get here as soon as possible if you start to experience any pain, swelling, or inflammation.

First, we treat any infection and remove the infected tissue, thoroughly cleaning out all bacteria, infection, or debris. You may need time to heal, or in some cases, root canals can be completed in a day. The next step is to fill the root canals to replace the nerves and prevent bacteria leaking in and causing problems in the future.

Once the root canals have been filled, we’ll reinforce and protect your tooth by placing a porcelain crown over it.

If you’re experiencing recurring pain and inflammation, please contact our dental office in Chesapeake at 866.861.7962 to see Dr. Brown as soon as possible. In some cases, you may not feel any symptoms, but a general exam and x-rays might show us a problem before it becomes painful. So remember to keep up with regular checkups too!

Caring for Your Baby’s Teeth in Chesapeake

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There’s so much to think about when a new baby arrives. It can be pretty daunting! When your baby is a newborn, dental care might be the last thing on your mind. Or like many people, you may think that baby teeth aren’t that important since they’ll eventually fall out.

But dental care in Chesapeake should begin even before that first precious tooth appears. Start out by using a soft cloth and gently wipe his gums when you’re giving him his bath. When his teeth start to appear, use a soft baby toothbrush and a tiny drop of non-fluoride toothpaste to gently brush his teeth twice a day. Fluoride should be introduced into his system no earlier than 6 months, and even then in minimal amounts until he reaches 12 months.

You also want to be sure your own dental habits are thorough and your mouth is as germ-free as possible. When you taste your baby’s food with his spoon, or temporarily put his pacifier in your mouth to “clean” it, you may be passing on germs and bacteria.

If he knocks out a baby tooth, don’t worry — a permanent tooth will eventually grow in its place. See the dentist to make sure that no underlying teeth were damaged and will still have space to grow in. Baby teeth are important because they help your child eat and speak and because they hold a spot in your child’s mouth for his permanent teeth to come in properly.

Your baby should have a first dental checkup about the time of his or her first birthday. Starting early with routine dental care will help your child develop a lifetime of good habits! And remember to keep up with your own dental care! Call our dental office in Chesapeake for checkups at 757-546-5262.