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By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: extractions  

When is it Time to Have a Tooth Extracted?

There are a number of reasons why dental extractions may be needed. Dr. Joseph DuRoss is one of the finest dentists in Long Beach, CA. extractionsHe offers a complete range of dental services. Here are four reasons why you may need a dental extraction.

1. You have a damaged tooth.

If your tooth has been badly damaged by tooth decay, your Long Beach, CA, dentist will try to fix it with a dental filling, crown, or other treatment. You may need a dental extraction if your tooth has so much decay or damage that repair is not possible. Your tooth may also need to be extracted if the tooth is fractured beyond repair.

2. Your tooth is infected.

Tooth root infection is a common reason for a dental extraction. A root canal is performed when the pulp becomes infected. However, if the tooth infection is so severe that a root canal does not cure it, your tooth may need to be surgically removed to prevent the spread of infection.

3. You have crowded teeth.

Your tooth may need to be extracted if you have crowded teeth. Crowded teeth can be caused by genetics or a traumatic injury. Sometimes dentists extract teeth to prepare the patient's mouth for orthodontic treatment. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to correct the alignment of the teeth, which may not be possible if you have crowded teeth.

4. You have impacted teeth.

Impacted teeth usually occur because of lack of space in the bone. Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are more likely to be impacted. Impacted teeth can be trapped in your gums or jawbone, which can be painful. They may press against your other teeth. Removal of impacted teeth is often recommended. 

If you need to get that tooth pulled, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Joseph DuRoss at (562) 424-8537 today to schedule a dental appointment in Long Beach, CA. Tooth extraction is nothing to fear. Our dentist performs dental extractions with a gentle touch!

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
November 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Don’t let sore, achy jaws be the norm. Find out what’s going on and what you can do to treat it.jaw pain

You know that the minute you bite down into that big juicy hamburger that your jaws are going to protest; however, you really just want to enjoy that meal. If you are someone who deals with jaw pain rather regularly then you may be wondering what’s really going on. Our Long Beach, CA, dentist Dr. Joseph DuRoss can help you determine if TMJ disorder is causing your discomfort.

What is TMJ disorder?

Every time you open your mouth to speak or to chew, the jaw joints (also known as the temporomandibular joints), which connect your jaws to your skull, do all the work. Of course, if one or both of the jaw joints doesn’t function properly then you may be dealing with TMJ disorder.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

One of the telltale signs that you are dealing with TMJ disorder is jaw pain. The jaws may feel tender or sore. You may feel a pain around one or both of the joints. The pain may even radiate all the way to the ears. As a result of this pain (and sometimes swelling) you may have difficulty chewing, particularly foods in which you have to open your mouth wide.

Sometimes you may feel as if the jaw joint has locked up on you, which can make it difficult to open your mouth. When you do open your mouth you may hear a popping or clicking sound.

What else could be causing my jaw pain?

It’s important to keep in mind that while TMJ disorder is often the most common cause of jaw pain, it doesn’t mean that it’s the only reason. This is why it’s important that you visit our Long Beach, CA, general dentist if you are experiencing jaw pain or other symptoms. Sometimes this problem arises from bad habits such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis then this could also cause jaw joint problems. An abscessed tooth and even gum disease can manifest into jaw pain. In order to treat the issue properly we will need to figure out the source of your symptoms.

If jaw pain is becoming a regular issue for you and you haven’t been able to get your symptoms under control then it’s time you called our Long Beach, CA, dental office to find out what’s going on. Call our office today.

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Are you dealing with suspicious dental symptoms? Find out how a root canal might help.root canals

A lot of people try to ignore a toothache when it surfaces hoping that it will just go away on its own. Sadly, dental pain rarely will go away without proper medical care. If you are dealing with pain or sensitivity in a tooth, our Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, is here to tell you why you should visit us right away and how root canal therapy could just end up saving your smile.

What would you rather deal with: a missing tooth that you have to replace or a simple procedure that could save that tooth? Sure, when we put it that way it may seem like a no-brainer but you wouldn’t believe how many people are so freaked out by a root canal that they don’t get the care they should. A root canal doesn’t cause pain; it gets rid of it. Therefore, you may just need a root canal if you are experiencing:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Gums surrounding the tooth that are tender or swollen
  • An abscess (a bump that develops on the gums near the tooth)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s time you visited our Long Beach general dentist right away.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

This endodontic procedure is important because it removes an internal structure called the dental pulp. While the pulp is a necessary structure for the tooth during its development, once the tooth has reached maturity the pulp is no longer necessary for the health of the tooth.

Unfortunately, problems like decay, infection or trauma can be severe enough to penetrate the hard outer layers of the tooth and affect the pulp, causing the pulp to become infected or irritated. Once this has occurred, the only option is to remove the pulp in order to preserve the rest of the tooth.

If you are dealing with a toothache in Long Beach, CA then it’s time you picked up the phone and called our very own Dr. DuRoss. We will get you into our practice as soon as possible.

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, about 26% of adults in the United States have untreated tooth fillingsdecay in one or more of their teeth. This decay, if left untreated, eventually forms cavities, which can then damage the tooth’s nerve, causing a toothache. Luckily, your dentist can treat a cavity with the most natural look using tooth colored dental fillings. Find out the advantages of tooth colored fillings with Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA.

Dental Fillings
A dental filling comes in various different materials depending on your budget, preference and situation. Most patients can choose which material they would like their filling to consist of. The most common types of dental fillings include silver, composite resin, porcelain inlays or onlays. However, only composite resin and porcelain materials accurately resemble natural teeth.

Do I need tooth colored dental fillings?
You may need a filling if you have tooth decay which has begun eating away at the tooth. Decay begins as bacteria on the surface of the tooth, then hardens into sticky plaque if not removed. The plaque, in turn, hardens into tartar, which then begins eating away at the tooth’s enamel, eating through it and into the tooth until it reaches the inner pulp chamber which houses the nerve. If your decay has not yet reached the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, your dentist will probably suggest treating it using a dental filling. More advanced cavities require treatments like root canal therapy.

Tooth Colored Dental Fillings in Long Beach, CA
Dental fillings are fast and painless thanks to a local anesthetic. Your dentist will numb the area of the filling, then remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Then, your dentist uses composite resin materials to fill in the hole left behind, restoring the tooth’s biting surface.

For more information on tooth colored dental fillings or your oral health in general, please contact Dr. DuRoss in Long Beach, CA. Call (562) 424-8537 to schedule your appointment with Dr. DuRoss today!

By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental bonding might just be able to fix those small imperfections in your smile.dental bonding

If every time you look in the mirror and smile all you notice is that small gap between your front teeth, little discolorations or even cracks and chips, then you may be longing for a simple and easy way to fix this. This is when you should talk to our Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, about dental bonding.

What is dental bonding?

This technique uses a tooth-colored resin, which is applied over one or more areas of a tooth, molded into place and then hardened with a curing light. Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that is designed to change the appearance of one or more teeth to improve how your smile looks.

When is it used?

There are many times in which to consider getting dental bonding from our Long Beach, CA, cosmetic dentist including:

  • To cover over chips and cracks
  • To hide discolorations
  • To fill gaps between teeth
  • To lengthen a tooth
  • To alter the shape of a tooth
  • To fix a decayed tooth (this same resin can also be used to fill cavities)

What should I expect from the dental bonding procedure?

What makes this a popular option for many people looking to make a minor adjustment to their smile is that it’s non-invasive.

Once we determine that you are ideal for dental bonding, we will choose the proper shade of resin that will blend in with the tooth. Then we will apply a liquid over the tooth that will roughen up the surface so the resin sticks to the tooth more easily.

From there, we will apply the resin and then shape and trim it, as necessary. Once it’s the ideal shape, we will use the light to harden the bonding resin to your tooth. With a final polish your new smile is ready to be shown off!

If you are ready to chat about dental bonding and to find out if you are right for this treatment, then it’s time you called our Long Beach, CA, dental office and scheduled a consultation with us.

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