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Have a Toothache? Don’t Ignore the Pain!

March 30th, 2021 Root Canal 0 comments on “Have a Toothache? Don’t Ignore the Pain!”

A dull throbbing in your tooth that comes and goes. Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Swelling around your tooth. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to treat your toothache! Your tooth pain is never a good sign, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment today with our dentist. You may need a root canal to treat your toothache—a comfortable procedure that can save your tooth from extraction!

Common Causes of a Toothache

  • Dental decay
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Impacted tooth
  • Dental injury
  • Gum disease

Determining the Source of Your Pain

The different causes of your toothache may require different types of treatment. Dental decay can be treated with a composite filling. Impacted teeth can be surgically removed. Gum disease can be treated with scaling and root planing or gingivectomy. Dental injury may be remedied with a dental crown. Our dentist has experience diagnosing and treating toothaches and will provide a personalized treatment that restores your comfort and function.

Saving Your Tooth with a Root Canal

When chronic tooth pain is a result of infection deep within your tooth, you’ll need to undergo a root canal. A root canal is a conservative way to treat your tooth pain and can save your tooth from needing extraction due to infection. This procedure is completed with modern techniques and technology, so you remain comfortable and pain-free during your appointment.

During your procedure, the canals inside your tooth are cleared of infection and diseased tissues. Once free from infection, these canals are then filled with a hardening material called gutta-percha. To restore your tooth’s function and strength, a custom dental crown is placed over your treated tooth. You’ll be able to use your tooth as normal and enjoy a smile free from pain!

Don’t Let Your Toothache Worsen!

If you’ve had a toothache for a while, it’s important that you receive treatment from our dentist as soon as possible. Schedule your appointment at our dental office and restore your smile’s health today!

Tooth Care: The Dreaded Root Canal

September 3rd, 2019 Root Canal 0 comments on “Tooth Care: The Dreaded Root Canal”

Sometimes, when you have a toothache, it is due to the tooth being severely decayed.  If the toothache is causing you severe pain, the nerves on the inside of the tooth may be dying or already dead.  If this is the case, you’ll need to either have the tooth extracted or the nerve removed from the tooth, in order to remove the abscess. Removing the nerve will save the tooth and the procedure is known as a root canal.

Root canals are very common within the world of dentistry, as they represent a known way to save the tooth from dying.  Although many people end up having their teeth extracted, others turn to the root canal.  This dental procedure isn’t preferred by many, as it can take quite a long time, normally around 3 – 4 hours.  If the abscess is severe, it will take longer, as the dentist will have to scrape out all of the dying pulp from inside of the tooth.

Now days, dentists are starting to use machines to do a majority of the scraping and probing associated with root canals.  In the past, the dentist had to do it all themselves, which took quite a bit of time.  Now, with the use of a machine, the dentist can drill the hole in the tooth then let the machine to do the scraping.  This helps to cut down on the amount of time for a root canal, as well as ensure that all the dead or dying pulp has been removed efficiently.

The choice you need to make when thinking about a root canal, is whether you wish to save the dying tooth.  Sometimes, a dentist will recommend the root canal, especially if they think it would be in your best interest to save the tooth.  Other times, he will let you make the decision, and decide if you want to save it or just go ahead and have it extracted.

Although the root canal is a procedure that many fear, it is also a procedure that can save the life of your tooth.  If you have a dying tooth, you should consider this procedure.  Your dentist will walk you through more details of the procedure, if need be. Set up a consultation to make sure you fix your pained tooth as soon as possible.