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Posts for: January, 2015


The term “root canal” is a part of our social lexicon, and not always with a positive meaning. But contrary to its negative reputation, a root canal treatment can make all the difference in your dental health.

Here are 3 things you may not know about this important procedure.

A root canal treatment is a “tooth” saver. Decay deep inside the tooth pulp puts the entire tooth at risk. The infection not only destroys nerves and tissue in the pulp, it has a direct path to the root through tiny passageways known as root canals. By cleaning out this infected tissue, then filling the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling, the procedure stops the disease from further harm and seals the tooth from future infection. Without it, it’s highly likely the tooth will be lost and other teeth threatened by the infection.

A root canal doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The biggest misconception about root canal treatments is their supposed painfulness. That’s just not true, thanks to anesthetic techniques that numb the teeth and gums — and any discomfort afterward is quite manageable with mild anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. The procedure actually stops the real pain, caused by the infection damaging and finally killing the tooth’s nerves, when it stops the infection.

Root canal treatments are even more effective thanks to recent advancements. Not all infected tooth situations are the same: some teeth have smaller offset passageways called accessory canals that grow off a larger root canal that can be quite difficult to detect and access. Missing them can leave the door open for re-infection. In recent years, though, endodontists, specialists in root canal disorders, have improved the way we address these complications using advanced technologies like specialized microscopic equipment and new filling techniques. The result: a lower risk of re-infection and a higher chance of long-term success.

Hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy good dental health and won’t need a root canal treatment. But if you do, rest assured it won’t be the unpleasant experience you might have thought — and will be a welcomed solution to pain and threatening tooth loss.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By My Dentist
January 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Lumineers  

Americans put a high value on the looks and quality of their smiles. Your smile can affect everything from being promoted at your job to dating success. One popular option for people who want a beautiful Hollywood smile is a dental system called Lumineers. San Bernardino dentist Dr. Sanjay V. Patel D.D.S. specializes in Lumineers at his practice on West 5th Street.

What Are Lumineers?
The Lumineers system is a brand name for a special set of veneers that perfect the appearance of your front rows of teeth. They areLumineers designed to fit over your original teeth comfortably and naturally. You and your dentist decide on the ideal shade for your new teeth. The final result is a bright, perfectly sculpted smile that will last for many years to come. Lumineers differ from traditional veneers in that the dentist does not have to do too much extensive dental work in order to install them.

Why Choose Lumineers over Other Options?
Lumineers are a great choice in part due to their ease and speed of application, as they can be atached in as little as two visits. Many adult patients of San Bernardino dentist Dr. Patel prefer this solution because they have busy schedules—they can’t set aside that much time for dental appointments. Lumineers is also a good pick if you have a bit of dental anxiety and don't want to go through the experience of a lot of preparative dental work in order to perfect your smile.

At the first visit the dentist takes a mold of your teeth and pictures so that a technician can create your custom restorations. At the second appointment the veneers are bonded into place and adjusted as needed using the specialized tools provided.

Ask Your Dentist About Lumineers
If you're not 100% satisfied with your smile at this time, ask San Bernardino dentist Dr. Patel if Lumineers are right for you. Visit his website at or call (888) 599-7005 to schedule an upcoming appointment. The sooner your appointment, the sooner you'll have a luminous and dazzling new smile to show off to your friends and family


Florence Henderson, star of one of television's most beloved situation comedies, is still actively engaged in a variety of projects at 75-plus years of age. Her bright smile was part of her character as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, a popular sitcom that played for five seasons from 1969 to 1974. Though the show was discontinued, syndicated episodes continue to play in the U.S. and 122 other countries.

“I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had,” she told Dear Doctor magazine. Her portrayal of mother and wife in a blended family with six children won her the Smithsonian Institution's TV Land Pop Culture Icon Award, which is on display in the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

After her successes on Broadway and in television, she was selected for numerous product endorsements, and The Wall Street Journal ranked her #5 in their top ten television endorsers based on viewer satisfaction. One of the products she endorsed was Polident, a brand of denture cleaners and adhesives. However, Henderson has revealed that she has her own natural teeth and does not wear dentures. Her advice to others who want to keep their natural teeth is to pay attention to prevention. “I think the most important thing one can do as with any health issue is prevention,” she said. “Flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups are vitally important if you want to keep your natural teeth.”

When she was 22, she says, she had four impacted wisdom teeth removed at the same time. This experience made her aware of the importance of dental care, and since then she has had a checkup every six months. Wherever she travels, she says that she always has mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush on the set.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about tooth care. You can learn more about Florence Henderson by reading the Dear Doctor magazine interview “Florence Henderson, America's Favorite TV Mom Has Many Reasons to Smile.”