Mark M. Johnston, DDS
A Great Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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We love hearing from our patients and answering their questions. If you have a question, contact our dental office, or check out some of the questions we hear most often below. 

General Dentistry

Tooth decay is one of the most common and preventable oral health diseases, affecting both adults and children. Unfortunately, not everyone has had access to quality dental care or understands how decay forms and spreads.

The bacteria in your mouth need fuel to survive, and they get this fuel from the foods you eat and the sugars within them. When the bacteria feed on sugar, they create an acidic byproduct. Acid softens the enamel of teeth and dissolves it away, which exposes teeth to damage.

Brushing and flossing help protect your teeth by removing the food particles that the bacteria feed on. Though no matter how diligently you take care of your teeth, some plaque will collect. This is why regular dental cleanings are so important.

When decay occurs, it will need to be removed and your tooth will need a filling. The filling replaces the decayed tooth structure that was removed.

Your dentist in Lansing, MI uses a durable, tooth-colored filling material to restore your teeth and allow them to have a natural look. This means no metal or silver.

If you have a cavity or are looking to replace your older silver fillings, ask a team member about our quality tooth-colored fillings.

The idea of a root canal is very intimidating to some patients, but in reality, they are incredibly beneficial in saving a tooth and easing pain. Root canal therapy is a much better experience today than it used to be as well. Dr. Johnston, your dentist in Lansing, MI, has implemented some of the latest technologies to make the root canal process comfortable.

Sometimes a broken tooth or a tooth with a lot of decay will develop an internal infection. This can cause the tooth to become inflamed and very painful. It can become sensitive to temperatures as well. The infection can even cause a small hole in the gum tissue so that it can drain. If you notice any of these symptoms, including a blister on the gum, we encourage you to contact our dental office.

Remember, a root canal simply cleans the infection out of your tooth to promote healing. After numbing your tooth, Dr. Johnston makes a small access point on the chewing surface and then, using rotary instruments, clears out the infection, damaged nerve, and diseased tissue. He will finish by placing a special filling inside the canal to promote healing and seal the tooth.

After the root canal treatment in Lansing, we place a permanent tooth-colored filling—or a dental crown may be necessary to help protect the tooth and maintain its strength in the future.

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