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Though no one really wants to have a root canal, it is important to remember that it is an effort to save your tooth. When we perform root canals in our Fayetteville, AR dentist office, we always make sure you feel completely comfortable during treatment.
Once we successfully complete your root canal, we need to protect the tooth. Because we remove the nerve and blood supply, the tooth can become brittle and easier to break. Protecting your treated tooth usually means placing a dental crown.
A dental crown completely covers your tooth and protects it while chewing. It can add decades to the life of your tooth.
How does a root canal procedure work at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental?
As with all of your teeth, we will closely monitor your root canal-treated tooth to ensure that it is still healthy. Regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays will help you keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking its best.
If you are wondering why we go through such heroic efforts to save one tooth, it is because saving your natural teeth is far less complex than replacing a missing tooth. Leaving a gap in your smile can lead to bone loss, reduced self-esteem, and shifting teeth that result in a misaligned bite.
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For a Fayetteville, AR dentist who will always put your smile first, contact Northwest Arkansas Family Dental today.
The way that your teeth and bite fit together is known as your occlusion. When your teeth are not aligning properly, or your bite is off, this is referred to as malocclusion. A misaligned bite can cause all kinds of issues with your joints, such as TMD, or temporomandibular disorders. It can also cause excessive wear, fractures, or other damage to your teeth.
Types of malocclusions
There are also different types of malocclusions such as:
- Overbite - This is where your top arch of teeth protrude over you bottom teeth.
- Cross Bite - This occurs when upper teeth don't fit properly with the lower teeth. They're on the wrong side.
- Underbite - This happens when the lower teeth are farther forward than the upper teeth.
- Open Bite - In this case the molars fit together, however the upper and lower front teeth don't meet resulting in a opening of the front teeth.
- Spacing or Crowding Issues - Teeth that are crowded or overlap cause malocclusion, as well as teeth that have gaps and spacing.
Contact Northwest Arkansas Family Dental for your evaluation
Malocclusion can be treated in a number of different ways, and it's best to have your particular situation evaluated by your dental team at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental. If malocclusions are left untreated, they can lead to joint disorders, painful headaches, neck and shoulder pain, excessive wear or fractures to your teeth, and an increased risk for developing gum disease.