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By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
April 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
September 12, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal   tooth decay   tooth pain   toothache  

What your dentist in Woodbridge, Virginia wants you to know about root canals

Root canals, also called endodontic therapy, have become a state-of-the-art dental procedure designed to eliminate dental pain, but stillroot canal allow you to keep your tooth. It can be difficult to know if you need a root canal because sometimes there are no symptoms. Dr. Charles L. Sours in Woodbridge, Virginia wants you to know some of the common signs and symptoms to look for. You may need a root canal if you:

  • Feel an acute, stabbing pain when you bite down or eat
  • Experience constant pressure or throbbing pain
  • Have pain that continues long after you’ve eaten hot or cold foods
  • Notice redness, swelling, a white bump, pus or drainage on your gums where the tooth root is

Sometimes you may feel no symptoms, but your tooth still needs a root canal. Teeth can become damaged or bruised from traumatic injury and the inside of your tooth, an area called the pulp, can begin to die. You may not notice any pain or symptoms.

The only way you will know for certain if you need a root canal is to visit the dentist. Your dentist in Woodbridge, Virginia will take x-rays and perform a few non-invasive tests to determine if the pulp of your tooth is damaged. He will look for any dark (radiolucent) area around the roots of your tooth and test for temperature sensitivity. These tests and x-rays will show if you need a root canal.

The main reason you should get a root canal is because it is usually far better to keep your tooth in place than to remove it. When you remove a tooth that could have been treated with a root canal, your chewing function is impaired. Your remaining teeth are taking on more stress to compensate for the missing tooth or teeth.

To replace a missing tooth, you often have to deal with expensive, invasive procedures to help you regain full chewing function. Why not keep the tooth if you can? Now, thanks to modern root canal therapy and the skills of your dentist in Woodbridge, Virginia you can eliminate pain and still retain your tooth.

Your dentist in Woodbridge, Virginia can help you decide if a root canal is the best choice for you. If you are experiencing dental pain and wonder if you need a root canal, it’s time to call Dr. Charles L. Sours in Woodbridge, Virginia. Take care of your dental pain by calling today!