Painless Root Canal Therapy in Rockledge, FL

April 3, 2015

What are two words that strike fear into the hearts of thousands of Americans? Those two words are “root canal.” This procedure is infamously known for being incredibly painful, which is why there is such a stigma regarding the term. With advancements in dental technology, and the masterful dental prowess of our dentists, root canal therapy is actually painless. The procedure is straightforward and promotes a healthy mouth. Premier Walk-in Dental provides the most seamless, professional root canal therapy for those with infected teeth.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

464527529Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth, or more specifically the inside of the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. The inside of the tooth is known as the pulp, and it contains nerves, blood vessels, and roots. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it begins to cause extreme, throbbing pain. If it’s not treated, the infection may spread, swelling can increase, bone loss can occur, and decay can eat through the inside of the tooth. With a root canal, the infected pulp is removed from the tooth and the area is disinfected, leaving a healthy tooth intact.

Tell Me about the Procedure

After we determine if a root canal is necessary, we will take a digital X-ray to determine the area of the infection. When we begin the procedure, we will use a local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. We will also surround the tooth with a rubber dam to keep everything dry and free of saliva. We will drill a small hole into the tooth. We will begin to remove the infected pulp via a series of small files. Water and sodium hypochlorite is used to flush away the remaining debris. The tooth is completely disinfected and the hole is resealed with a filling. If any other restoration is needed, we will fix the necessary parts of the tooth (i.e. crowns).

I Think I May Need This Therapy

If you feel excruciating pain in your tooth, please allow our professionals to take care of the problem and restore your tooth to proper form. Call our friendly staff and schedule your appointment. We welcome all patients that reside in Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

Get Your Oral Cancer Screening Today at Premier Walk In Dental

February 17, 2015

78769905More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. That’s approximately one person per hour, every hour, for the entire year. The oral cancer mortality rate is particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. While dentists routinely screen for oral cancer each time you get a dental checkup, often, the patients most at risk for developing the disease don’t see a dentist on a regular basis. Don’t jeopardize your health by skipping the dental checkup you need to stay healthy. Make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. Premier Walk-In Dental delivers quality care daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

While anyone can develop oral cancer, some factors may increase your likelihood. Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor, but having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer. The most common risk factors for oral cancer include:

  • Gender: Oral cancer is twice as common in men as in women.
  • Age: The average age at diagnosis for oral cancer is 62, and 2/3 of individuals with this disease are over age 55.
  • Sunlight: Cancers of the lip are more common among people who work outdoors or others with prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Genetics: Some inherited genetic mutations, which cause different syndromes in the body, carry a high risk of oral cancer.
  • Tobacco use: About 80% of people with oral cancers use tobacco in the form of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff.
  • Alcohol: About 70% of people diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection: There is a strong link between HPV-16 and oral cancer. People with oral cancer linked to HPV tend to not be smokers or drinkers.

What Are The Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

If you are experiencing any of the following oral cancer symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for an oral cancer screening:

  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness anywhere in the mouth
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Loosened teeth
  • Voice changes
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal after two weeks
  • Persistent mouth pain
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat

Rockledge Oral Cancer Screening Appointments

If you, or someone you love, are at risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment for an oral cancer screening with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. The experienced team at Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serve families daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the neighboring areas.

Immediate Pain Relief with Root Canal Therapy from Premier Walk-In Dental

December 17, 2014

78325800Tooth pain and sensitivity should never be ignored or tolerated. They are always clear signs of dental infection. These infections can be treated with root canal therapy. Root canal therapy can eliminate tooth pain and save your tooth from necessary extraction. If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental to get your tooth examined today. They specialize in preventative and restorative dental care for patients throughout Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental also serves families from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) is a dental procedure to clean out, disinfect, and seal the inside of an infected tooth. Infected tooth pulp (network of blood vessels and nerves) of the tooth’s inner canals, can cause severe pain, discomfort, and sensitivity. If left untreated, the infected tooth can form an abscess and need to be extracted.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

  • First, the dentist will numb your tooth and place a protective dental dam to keep the tooth dry and free of saliva.
  • Next, the dentist will drill a hole for access to the inner pulp chambers and remove the contaminants inside the canals.
  • Then, the dentist will measure, shape, and fill the inside of the canals with a rubber compound called gutta percha.
  • Finally, the dentist will seal your tooth and perhaps place a restoration like a dental crown.

When Should You Get Root Canal Therapy?

Ideally, your tooth should be treated as early as possible. But if you are experiencing any of the following you should immediately seek treatment:

  • Continually throbbing tooth ache pain
  • Tooth ache pain triggered by hot or cold foods
  • Tender, swollen, or bleeding gums around the infected tooth
  • An obviously darkened tooth

Root Canal Therapy Appointments in Rockledge, FL

It will cost a lot more in the long run to replace neglected teeth, than to seek out the dental care you need to save them today. Make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental for the root canal therapy that can save your natural teeth. The experienced and compassionate restorative dentists of Premier Walk-In Dental can provide immediate pain relief and peace of mind. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and nearby areas.

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared in a Dental Emergency

October 17, 2014

462459381You already know exactly what to do in case someone in your family has a medical emergency. However, many people fail to make any preparations for a dental emergency. Dental emergencies may not be life threatening, but they can cause severe pain and can even lead to permanent disfigurement if not handled properly. It’s important to know exactly who to call and where to go in case someone in your family has a dental emergency. You should make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental. They specialize in emergency dental care in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding communities.

What to do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Immediate action should be taken to minimize the pain and damage from a dental injury or sudden illness depending on the nature of the emergency.

  • Knocked Out Tooth– First try replacing the tooth in its socket. If this isn’t possible just keep it moist by placing it back in the mouth between the cheek and gums or keep it in a glass of milk.
  • Cracked or Chipped Tooth– Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and use a cold compress over the face for pain.
  • Severe Toothache– Rinse the mouth with warm water and take an over the counter pain reliever until you can see the dentist.

Dental Emergency Care in Rockledge, FL

You not only need a dentist for semi-annual check-ups to maintain good oral health, you also need a dentist for unexpected dental injury and illness. In case of a dental emergency the first call you make should be to your trusted dental care provider. Make sure you have a quality and caring provider in place for your family’s emergency dental care needs. Make an appointment to get to know Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding areas.

How Chewing Ice Is Detrimental To Your Smile

June 14, 2014

shutterstock_95116573One of the beautiful things about life is that everyone is different. Every person has their own little quirks and habits that others may not understand, but it is what makes them unique. Habits are definitely something that makes someone distinctive, and many people share the same habit. A habit that many people share is chewing ice. Now that summer is here, people are trying to do whatever they can to cool themselves down, but what you may not realize is how disadvantageous chewing ice can be for you oral health.

Many people do not know that chewing ice can break down the enamel on your teeth. Your jaw is very, very powerful, and when you press down on the hard, cold ice, it weakens your enamel. When your enamel is jeopardized, you are more likely to experience tooth sensitivity. The constantly changing temperatures in your mouth, from hot to cold, could put your fillings at risk. Due to the temperature change, your fillings have the potential to expand more quickly than your tooth, rendering the fillings useless over time.

Taking a look at your gums, chewing ice can be detrimental to them as well. The sharp edges of the ice have the potential to cause your gums to be more sensitive than normal. Also, the ice can harm your gums by puncturing or scratching them, causing them to break down over time. Having beautiful, healthy gums are essential to having a healthy smile, and when either one of them is compromised, it is not a good situation to be in. Always be mindful of your habits, especially when it concerns your oral health!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Be Green with Excitement!

May 16, 2014

shutterstock_130457435There are many ways people try to quench their thirst. Whether it be an ice cold glass of milk or a cool sip of water, people are always trying to find a way to appeal to their taste buds while also receiving the nourishment their body needs. One of the most popular things people love to refresh themselves with is tea. Iced or hot, herbal or black, there are so many types of teas for every need. One tea that is very good for your oral and bodily health is green tea. Having amazing benefits for your smile and for your body as a whole, green tea is definitely something to smile about!

One of the great things about green tea is that it is excellent for your heart. Being full of catechin, an antioxidant that fights of and prevents cell damage, green tea is able to keep your heart healthy and strong. Also, studies have proven that drinking green tea causes a larger amount of activity in the part of your brain that controls working memory. Being shown to block the development of the type of plaque that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, green tea has amazing perks.

If you or a loved one has diabetes, green tea has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels. Containing an amino acid called theanine, green tea can have a calming effect on those who are overworked and under a lot of stress. If you are trying to lose weight, green tea boosts your metabolism, causing you to burn more fat calories! So the next time you think a cup of green tea is just for pleasure, keep in mind there are awesome bonuses associated with having a delicious, refreshing cup of green tea!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Fact or Fiction? Dental Myths Solved!

April 18, 2014

shutterstock_152294933There are many unsolved mysteries and common misconceptions, and it can be very frustrating not being able to get to the truth of an issue. Whether it is an urban myth or an old wives’ tale, there are thousands of things that peak our interest and grab our curiosity every day, and not knowing whether it is factual or not can be both good and bad. Though many people may not know this, there are many myths when it comes to your smile. Your smile is something you should never be unsure about, and we would like to clear up and debunk a few dental myths you may be pondering over!

One of the most common dental myths that people are not sure about is whether or not bleaching your smile makes your teeth weaker. Fortunately for those wishing for a whiter, brighter smile, this myth is completely false. When you get your smile whitened, the only thing the whitening gel affects is the color of your teeth; it does not compromise the health or strength of your smile. Although tooth sensitivity and gum irritation is normal after having your smile whitened, the tooth itself is not compromised.

Not brushing your teeth when your gums are bleeding is another dental myth that can be laid to rest. Though it seems like a good idea not to brush your teeth when your gums are bleeding, it cannot be further from the truth. When you have bleeding gums, it is a sign of plaque and food particles irritating your gums. The best thing to do when this happens is to remove them in order to stop the bleeding.

It is always important to keep yourself as well-informed as possible regarding anything, but especially your smile! When your smile is healthy, your body is healthy, and that is definitely something to smile about!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Teeth Cleaning Can Improve Your Smile!

December 15, 2013

shutterstock_149625803Many people do not realize how important it is to have your teeth cleaned every six months. Beyond brushing and flossing every day, having a professional cleaning by a hygienist can really make a huge difference in the overall health and appearance of your smile. Unlike most dental offices, you do not need an appointment to get your smile good as new at Premier Walk-In Dental. We are here for your convenience, and are happy to help you whenever it is most convenient for you.

One of the benefits to having a professional cleaning is having the plaque and tartar removed from below your gum line. By doing this, we are reducing your chances of experiencing gum decay and gum disease. About 70% of tooth loss is attributed to gum disease, and if not treated, can lead to many other bodily harms, such as bone loss, heart disease, dementia, stroke, and etcetera. After we remove the tartar from your smile, we will be able to polish your teeth to make sure they are as fresh and beautiful as possible!

Because we only offer walk-in dental cleanings on certain days, please give us a call to find out when our talented hygienists will be available to assist you. We strive to work around your busy schedule, making sure we are able to take care of your smile whenever is most convenient for you and your family! If you are due for a dental cleaning, please contact our office today, and we would love to help!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Restore Your Smile with Walk-In Crowns

November 13, 2013

crownsThere are many reasons for why a patient might need a crown. In some cases, it’s because a tooth is severely decayed. In others, the tooth may be damaged or cracked. Whatever the case, a crown can return structure and functionality to a damaged tooth, preserving oral health and preventing the need for more extensive care, like a tooth extraction.

Crowns work by completely covering the tooth that needs to be treated. They can be made of variety of materials, including metal, but a porcelain crown mimics the look of a natural tooth better than other kinds.

At Premier Walk-In Dental, Dr. Jeff Nichols can help you restore your smile in just a couple of visits, no appointment needed. On your initial appointment, our Rockledge team will modify your tooth and make an impression of it. Then we’ll cap it with a temporary crown. Our lab will use the impression we’ve made to create a customized crown that will permanently replace the temporary one we’ve given you. When it’s ready, you’ll come back to our Rockledge office to it put in place of the temporary crown we gave you last time, putting the finishing touches on your crown restoration.

Call or visit Premier Walk-In Dental if you need help with a crown. We offer crown restorations to patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay, Florida.

Root Canal Therapy for Rockledge Patients

October 13, 2013

root canalWhen a patient experiences pain or sensitivity in a tooth because of an infection or an injury, a root canal may be needed to relieve symptoms and restore oral health.  During a root canal, Dr. Jeff Nichols of Premier Walk-In Dental will remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth, then fill it with a safe substance and cap it with a crown. Not only will this relieve painful symptoms, it will also prevent the need for a tooth extraction.

Even though your tooth may no longer have a nerve at its center, the structural integrity of your smile is preserved. However, when a tooth is removed, so is the root that anchored it to your jaw. With that root missing, the jaw will begin to weaken and nearby teeth may shift out of place to make up for the gap your smile now has. Over time, other teeth may be lost as a result. With a root canal, the goal is to treat the symptoms of infection and prevent these kinds of changes from happening in the future.

How do you know if you need a root canal? Consider these symptoms:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Pain when biting down
  • Sensitivity to pressure
  • Difficulty sleeping because of tooth pain
  • A pimple-like sore on the gum
  • Pain in other areas of your mouth, head, or neck
  • Facial swelling

To receive treatment for an infected or injured tooth, call or visit Premier Walk-In Dental. We offer root canal therapy to patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay, Florida.

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