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I need a Root Canal – 5 things you need to ask your dentist today!

So, you’ve been told you need a root canal, and a quick Google on your phone has left you scared and concerned, well in this guide we’ll take a look at what exactly a root canal procedure is and provide you with everything you need to know and should be asking your dentist in Marbella about regarding  your root canal treatment.

What exactly is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure which is needed to stop infection inside your tooth tissue, prevent infection spreading to other structures in the body and to ultimately preserve the tooth in the mouth. By the time a root canal procedure is required it is accepted that the nerve of the tooth has “died”, usually due to extensive decay but sometimes due to traumatic injury or other causes and the only other alternative is to extract the tooth.

I know that may sound scary, but don’t worry, as root canal treatment is a standard and relatively common procedure and one the expert dental team here at Oasis Dental are used to performing.

In nearly all cases following root canal treatment, a crown may be required. A dental crown is a rigid covering which is fitted to the tooth to help protect and preserve the structural integrity of your tooth and allow you to use it as you would normally.

Now let’s take a look at what you should be asking yourself and your dentist both prior and after your root canal procedure.

5 Things to ask your Dentist in Marbella

How do you know I need a root canal?

Like many other diagnoses, the dentist will need to do a clinical examination and take a full history to determine if the pulp inside the tooth is infected and if a root canal treatment is indicated.

There are a number of things your dentist will use to decide on if you do require a root canal these may include

  • Lingering Pain

    – A key sign of the health of the pulp in your tooth is whether you feel lingering pain after exposing it to hot or cold temperatures. If, the pain lingers, long after the stimulus is removed then this may indicate to your your dentist that the pulp is infected and that the nerve that feeds into your tooth is not responding normally and starting to “die off” or partly dead already.

  • An Abscess

    – The identification of an abscess is a clear sign of an infection. This can be seen clinically as swelling on the gum at the side of the tooth or the whole face may appear swollen and inflamed. In addition, later on some changes may also be seen on the Xray at the base of the tooth.

Do I need a root canal now or can I wait?  

As we mentioned earlier, a quick google and poor dental advice can leave people scared of the thought of a root canal, but waiting and putting of such a procedure can be a dangerous thing to do. The need for a root canal, comes because of an infection within the tissue of your teeth, as with any infection, this can spread and potentially infect more vulnerable tissue such as the heart, lungs or brain. In this day and age antibiotics help to control the spread of infection but the cure will only come if the tooth is extracted or if a root canal procedure is done. So this cannot be delayed indefinitely and treatment should be carried out as soon as the diagnosis has been made. The prognosis for keeping the tooth goes up the quicker the procedure is carried out.

Do I need a root canal, or can I have an implant?

Should you decide to opt for extracting the tooth then a dental implant is one way to potentially fill the missing space.

A common statistic used regarding the success of root canals is that only a 85% – 95% success rate can be guaranteed, this is due to the complex canal system within the teeth. Success varies depending on the condition of the tooth at the start and each case is different. The decision to extract and replace with an implant versus preserving the tooth with a root canal treatment and a crown, should always be discussed on a case by case basis.

Both options are valid and the team of Dr King and Dr Miller-Wojtan are always happy to discuss with you in detail the pros and cons of both, referring to your personal case.

What should I expect during the root canal procedure?

The first thing you should expect is not to feel any pain what-so-ever during the procedure, as your dentist will ensure to apply the local anaesthetic to completely numb all pain, if you can still feel anything as your dentist begins to perform the root canal, you shouldn’t feel afraid of speaking up and letting them know, so that they can apply more anaesthetic, and you can feel pain free during the procedure.

After successfully ensuring you can’t feel anything, your dentist will proceed with the root canal procedure. This may take a longer visit of about 1 hour or sometimes can take two separate visits depending on the complexity of the case. The treatment is essential very similar to having an ordinary filling and the tooth will look no different afterwards.

What should I know for after my root canal?      

After your root canal, your dentist will want to get you booked in for the fitting of your dental crown. We usually wait a few weeks to ensure that the tooth is symptom-free, during which time you will have a temporary filling in place and need to avoid putting any heavy biting forces on the tooth as it will be susceptible to fractures.

After the root canal procedure, you may feel some painAnd if this occurs it tends to be 12 to 24 hours following the treatment and you should feel comfortable in taking any pain medication you may require. If treatment is successful this pain will eventually completely disappear.

We hope this guide has put your mind at ease regarding the root canal procedure you may be in need of, and has given you an idea of some of the things you should discuss and ask with your dentist, prior to your procedure. If you’d like any more information on root canal procedures that we provide here at Oasis Dental, Marbella, then please feel free to give us a call or contact us through our website.

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2018-03-07T10:39:36+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Root Canal|

What you need to know about Teeth Whitening? 8 simple truths from our dental experts!

Both people’s thoughts about and the actual process of whitening itself have significantly evolved;  teeth whitening is becoming a much more common dental procedure, as it moves away from a luxury, withheld for Hollywood stars, and has become a must-have for anyone who wants to ensure their teeth match the careful and sophisticated appearance they have built for themselves.

So, in the rest of this blog we’ll look at some of the important information you should know about the teeth whitening process both prior, during and after the process.

If you’d like to book a teeth whitening appointment with our team here at Oasis Dental then simply click here today!

  1. A simple procedure

    –  teeth whitening lightens the existing colour and shade of your teeth. Firstly, your dentist in Marbella will check the health and suitability of your teeth before covering the lips and gums to ensure only your teeth are exposed. They will then apply the whitening gel, which here at Oasis Dental is designed to work seamlessly with our Zoom bleaching light technology. Both the gel and light then work together to gently penetrate the stains in your teeth, breaking up the staining molecules and reducing the discolouration.

  2. How teeth whitening works

    – As we mentioned above the whitening gel and bleaching light work together to break up the stains, but how do they do this? Our teeth act like sponges, made up of tiny pores, as we eat and drink, colours of the food and drink we consume can be absorbed through those pores, staining our teeth. And as we apply the whitening gel, this too is absorbed by the pores in our teeth, and gently breaks down the staining molecules through a chemical process releasing them from our teeth.

  3. Real Teeth Only

    – Teeth whitening can only be used to whiten our real teeth, this is due to the process discussed above. This may not seem like much of an issue, but when tooth coloured fillings or, crowns, or veneers are fitted they are matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth, meaning that they may look slightly out of place after undergoing teeth whitening, as they will remain unaffected compared to the new lighter colouring of your whitened teeth.

  4. Sensitivity

    – Most people naturally suffer from some form of teeth sensitivity if exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. However, as a side effect of the teeth whitening process, it is normal for your teeth to feel more sensitive, as they become temporarily dehydrated, this sensitivity should however reduce and disappear within 12-48 hours.

  5. Not Permanent

    – Teeth whitening is not a permanent process, and the consumption of staining materials and age, will over time cause repeated stains and discolouration of your teeth. Here at Oasis Dental as well as providing our in-surgery treatment, we can also provide you with a take-home system, making an accurate mould of your teeth which are then used to produce personalised trays to fit your mouth. You can then use these trays for a limited period for a few nights along with whitening gel when you wish to whiten your teeth again in the future

  6. Biggest Staining Culprits

    – After undergoing teeth whitening it is advised that if you want to prolong and make the most of your new gleaming white teeth, that you should avoid the biggest culprits of teeth staining when possible. Some of the biggest staining culprits are dark coloured drinks such as tea, coffee and some carbonated drinks. Red wine is also a cause of stains due to the purple pigments found in the grapes. Another major culprit is tobacco and cigarettes.

  7. It won’t damage your teeth

    – There have been concerns that older whitening process may have caused damage to your teeth, however, the products used at Oasis Dental, have been approved for use in this manner without causing any damage to teeth if used appropriately. However, it is very important to first check your teeth are healthy and you are a suitable candidate for the whitening process to ensure it is appropriate for you.

  8. Not everyone’s teeth are the same

    – As mentioned way back in point one the first step our dental team will take is to inspect the general health of your teeth and their suitability for the teeth whitening treatment. Here they will discuss both what you’d like to get out of the treatment and their expert opinion on what you should expect after undergoing teeth whitening, as no two people’s teeth are the same, and it is important to gauge realistic expectations as colour changes will vary from person to person.

So, there you have eight straightforward and simple truths about the teeth whitening process that you should know before considering having your teeth whitened. Of course, if you have any further questions or you’d like to book a teeth whitening consultation with our team at our Marbella dental surgery then please give us a call today or use our booking form.


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2018-03-07T10:40:17+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Categories: Teeth Whitening|

The Smile Makeover and What It Can Do For You

One of the most upsetting body hang-ups that many of us suffer from is self-consciousness surrounding our teeth. Problem areas on the body can be covered with clothing and temporarily forgotten, but dissatisfied feelings about our smiles affect us during the happiest of occasions, leaving us looking glum or awkward in photos or suffering from paranoia during our laughter-filled interactions with loved ones. However, even the toughest tooth-related issues can be solved. A Smile Makeover, like the one offered by Oasis Dental, is a life changing investment for those who just want to let their smiles shine. Here, in a few steps, are the many ways that the Smile Makeover can help you achieve that goal.


  1. Understand your requirements

It’s your perfect look, so it’s all down to you. When you first express a wish to change your teeth, an appointment for a comprehensive smile assessment will be arranged, where expert cosmetic dentists will discuss your requirements with you. The approach they will take – which will involve a combination of your preferences and their expertise – will be agreed upon, and you’ll come to realise that the perfect smile isn’t so far out of reach after all.


  1. Visualise your new look

Diagnostic models of your teeth will be adapted to allow you a preview of what your smile will look like after the makeover, allowing you and your dentist in Marbella to discuss the process with visual aids. Approaches can include the use of a state of the art whitening process along with diamond-edge contouring of the teeth and gums to give an even, symmetrical look that is both healthy and natural.


  1. Take it for a spin

It’s your investment, so you ought to get the final say. A “trial smile” period is often arranged, where you have the opportunity to come back and request changes to your look before the process is officially completed. This allows you to truly own your look and remain in charge throughout the treatment.


  1. Debut the new you

Once your procedure is complete, you can really grab life with both hands and start to feel the full effect of your glorious new smile – on both you and everyone around you. The best thing that the Smile Makeover can offer you is a fabulous end result that will boost your self-confidence to a place you never imagined.

It really doesn’t take much to get the ball rolling and start the short and simple journey to a brand-new look. Oasis Dental is open from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening Monday to Friday, with an earlier finish of 3pm on the Thursday. Don’t hesitate to discuss any and all concerns with the team; We are there to give you the best possible experience and put you at your ease. Call us today on +34 952 83 74 42 or email [email protected] to start the conversation and book your smile assessment.

2018-03-07T10:41:24+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Smile Makeover|