Posts Tagged ‘Dumas TX’

What is a Root Canal?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


Do you  need a root canal? Root canals are performed to save teeth, but what exactly is involved in a root canal, and when will a dentist advise a patient to get a root canal rather than a traditional filling?

Typically performed by endodontists, root canals are a dental procedure that focuses on treating the inside of the tooth to save the outside of the tooth. Beneath the white enamel that coats the tooth, and the hard layer – known as dentin – that gives the tooth it’s structure is a soft pulp containing blood vessels and nerves that both provide nutrients to the tooth during development.

As you age, the pulp can become inflamed or infected due to causes such as deep decay, cracked teeth, or even repeated dental procedures. If the pulp becomes infected, it can be the cause of significant pain, even potentially causing abscesses over time.

A dentist will typically make a recommendation for root canal if they determine that the pulp is negatively impacted. For patients, though, some signs that a root canal may be required include severe pain (especially when chewing, or when pressure is applied to the tooth), tooth discoloration, swelling and tenderness to the nearby gums, or a crack so severe that pulp material can be seen or felt. While these symptoms are signs you may need a root canal, it’s also possible that deep decay can require a root canal without causing any symptoms at all.

To a patient, this procedure will begin much like a normal dental filling – it will involve drilling to remove decay, and then the endodontist will carefully remove the inflamed pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the narrow roots of the tooth. Once cleaned, the endodontist will fill the empty space with a rubber like substance that mimics the removed pulp, and finally rebuild the core of the tooth with cement like compound that forms a strong foundation for the crown. The crown, crafted to mimic the size and shape of the original tooth, will be fitted onto the rebuilt core and cemented into place. After the procedure, you may be prescribed antibiotics to avoid future infection, but since the nerves within the tooth are removed, post-procedure pain is typically fairly mild.

The root canal is a routine procedure, but it often requires multiple visits, and is used to treat teeth with serious problems. Not only does a root canal save the natural tooth, it’s less expensive and less invasive than alternatives such as bridges and implants.


To determine if you need a root canal, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dental Implants for a Natural Looking and Feeling Smile

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Uncomfortable dentures, cracked or damaged teeth, and overall missing teeth are all reasons to be a little self-conscious. Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. That being said, they are an excellent long term option for restoring your smile. The development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.

Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. A dental implant offers patients security, stability, and overall a great replacement for their own tooth. No more using messy denture adhesive or covering your mouth when you smile, due to a missing tooth.

If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with Daniel West, DDS of Dumas Family Dentistry first. He will evaluate your situation and help you decide if dental implants are your best option.

Call Dumas Family Dentistry today at 806-935-2725 or visit our website at



Periodontal Disease is Easily Preventable

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Periodontal (gum) disease is not a light condition. It can take a serious toll on your oral and bodily health. Orally, it causes bleeding of the gums and could lead to the permanent loss of teeth. Periodontal disease has also been linked to heart disease, stroke and complications with pregnancy.

Prevention of periodontal disease is simple; treatment after you have it is the difficult part. The following is a list of ways to easily prevent periodontal disease:

•          Brushing your teeth- The number one way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush after every meal. Avoid brushing only twice a day and carry a tooth brush everywhere your go. Brushing after every meal prevents plaque from building up in the mouth.

•          Floss- Flossing is extremely important in preventing periodontal disease. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that accumulates in the mouth.

•          Watch what you Eat- Your diet is key is preventing periodontal disease. For this reason, replace sodas and junk food with water and veggies.

If you already have periodontal disease it can be treated with deep cleanings (scaling and root planing), medications and surgical treatments. If you believe you have periodontal disease, don’t wait another day, call Dumas Family Dentistry for an appointment at 806-935-2725. Visit the website at