“Abscess” is that scary “A-word” no one likes to hear at the dental office! The infection occurs when the tissues inside a tooth becomes inflamed from bacteria that enter the sterile nerve chamber. The infection can’t escape through the hard tooth structure, so instead, it travels through the root tips and out the side of your jaw.
If the abscess isn’t relieved and treated, it can cause severe damage to other teeth and the infection can even travel to other areas in your body.
Signs Of An Abscess
Sometimes, you can have an abscess and not feel anything. This is one of the reasons regular dental checkups with x-rays are so important!
Think You Have a Dental Abscess? What You Should Do
Call your local dentist right away. Take a doctor-approved painkiller. Place an ice pack on the side of your face if you have any swelling. Your dentist will see you at the earliest opportunity since abscesses can’t wait! Visit the emergency room if you have difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Treatment For An Abscess
When you get to your dentist’s, he or she will likely prescribe you an antibiotic to reduce the number of bacteria present. If the damage is severe enough, the abscessed tooth may need to be extracted. In many cases, a tooth can be saved with root canal therapy.
If you suspect you have an abscess, don’t wait! The sooner you take action, the greater your chances of keeping your tooth.
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Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
If you’ve never had a root canal before, then you might be a little anxious about getting one now.
In years past, root canals were supposedly known as long and painful procedures. How has today’s modern dentistry approach changed the procedure?
You Won’t Feel A Thing
Anesthesia has evolved to include several classes of medications for numbing teeth. Although many people know anesthesia as “Novocaine,” numbing injections also include prilocaine, lidocaine, carbocaine, articaine, mepivacaine, and more.
A couple of long-lasting shots may be all you need.
You really shouldn’t feel a thing. Today’s dentists know that anxiety in the dental chair is not good for the patient. That’s why they work hard to make sure everyone is comfortable while getting the treatment they need.
Dental Sedation During Root Canal Therapy
Despite assurances that you’ll be comfortable during your root canal, you may have a hard time convincing yourself of that fact. Not to worry – dental sedation could help you out here.
With a little medication taken just a couple hours before treatment, you could essentially sleep your way through the process.
Dental sedation lowers your awareness but doesn’t put you completely under. You’ll feel very relaxed and drowsy. It’s possible that you could doze off on your own. Even if you don’t sleep, you will be at ease during treatment and probably won’t remember much afterwards.
Is Dental Sedation Right For You?
Talk with your dentist well before your root canal appointment. Ask him or her about what options are available to you and which would be the most effective.
Call your dentist today for more information.
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The Newport Beach Dentist
1901 Westcliff Drive #6
Newport Beach, CA 92660
A root canal is when your dentist takes out the nerve of a tooth and replaces it with a filling material. Doing this can either relieve an infection or prevent one from happening.
After your root canal, your tooth shouldn’t have any more sensation. It’s protected by a strong crown, and will continue to work like any other tooth.
Your tooth with the root canal also has the same risk of getting a cavity, just like any other tooth. Why? Because bacteria can leak in at the margin where the crown meets the tooth. But does it really matter now that it no longer has a nerve?
Cavity After A Root Canal – Why Dangerous?
You know how cavities can get really sensitive? Because a tooth with a root canal is no longer alive, you probably won’t feel anything if that tooth gets a cavity.
If you don’t feel the decay and can’t see it because it’s under the crown, it can continue until your tooth is too damaged to even support a crown.
You got the root canal to preserve your natural tooth, but once decay takes over, you may have to get it pulled, anyway.
Protect Your Root Canal
Have you recently had a root canal? Congratulations on getting that out of the way!
But don’t forget that your work is far from over.
Make sure you brush and floss each tooth daily, even the ones with root canals. Visit your dentist regularly for x-rays and exams so that you can keep a close eye on how that root canal is holding up.
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1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
A “root canal” affects the inside of your tooth’s root, which contains a channel of nerves and blood supply.
When a cavity or fracture gets too deep, this can trigger an infection in the pulp of your tooth. The bacteria travel down the canal to escape the tooth, resulting in an abscess along the tip of the root.
At this point, your tooth can never be completely clean and strong on its own. Your dentist will recommend root canal therapy (RCT) to remove the infection and seal off the nerve chamber.
What to Expect From a Root Canal Procedure
Your dentist will first take an x-ray to determine the extent of the cavity. After careful treatment planning, the dentist will administer anesthesia and open up a small hole through the top of your tooth. He or she will use a file to reach as deep into the root to remove infected tissues.
The next step is cleaning and shaping the root canal with special tools and irrigators. Once that’s done, it’s time to pack the empty spaces with a filling material that helps guard against the roots developing another infection.
Finally, your tooth will need a crown to protect it, as the loss of the nerve can weaken its structure.
Does RCT Hurt?
You might be surprised to learn that having a root canal doesn’t hurt any more than getting a filling.
Sure, root canals come with a reputation for pain, but the untreated infection is one of the biggest reasons why. You now have access to multiple options and medication for making your dental procedures as comfortable as you please.
Do you suspect you need root canal therapy? Contact your dentist for more information and to schedule an evaluation.
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16414 San Pedro Ave #200
San Antonio, TX 78232
If your tooth has suffered from recent trauma, a fracture, or damaged by a very large cavity…it probably needs a root canal.
Let’s talk a bit about your tooth anatomy to see why a root canal (endodontic treatment) might be necessary instead of a filling…
Your Tooth – There’s More Than Meets the Eye
The crown of the tooth is the part you can see above your gum tissue. The outer enamel layer protects the body of the tooth which is made of sensitive dentin. Inside the dentin is hollow – it’s a chamber filled with nerves and blood vessels that extend into the roots and jaw.
When the protective outer layers are damaged, the delicate inner chamber can become infected. This leads to an abscess, pain, and infection. If damage is too severe, your tooth may need to be extracted.
What a Root Canal Does
First, your dentist removes damaged tooth surfaces and the nerve inside of your tooth. The nerve chamber is sterilized and filled with a special material to seals out infection. Finally, the tooth receives a crown to reinforce it for everyday wear.
What You Need to Do
See your dentist immediately if you notice signs of nerve damage, such as:
The tricky thing is that your tooth could be in grave danger and you might not feel any symptoms at all. Routine dental checkups are important to screen for problems while they’re easier to treat.
Start by visiting your dentist every six months. If he or she doesn’t provide root canals in their office, they will partner with an endodontist who does.
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Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
Are you having pain in your tooth? Maybe your tooth is starting to turn darker than the others? It could be that you are experiencing a dying tooth.
What is a dying tooth? Each tooth has its own, living nerve inside of it. When the nerve dies, has been traumatized, or has been removed in a root canal procedure, your tooth is considered non-vital or “dead.” How do you know if your tooth is dying?
Here are 3 signs and symptoms:
1) Pain– You may not always have tooth pain but in some cases you may. The type of pain can vary from a mild, occasional pain to extremely painful. Some people don’t experience pain at all!
2) Darker tooth – The colors can vary from shades of grey, yellow or black. This is a like a bruise in your tooth. You will be able to tell by comparing the tooth to the ones next to it.
3) A “pimple” on your gums – An abscessed tooth causes a “pimple” along your gums to release inflammation. This can give you a bad taste or a foul odor in your mouth.
These are just a few symptoms of dying teeth. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you prevent problems like these before they progress to the point of irreversible damage.
Do you think your tooth is infected and possibly dying? Call your dentist today to have your examined and tested to see if it is the case. If your tooth is in fact dying, it will need to be treated by either a root canal or be extracted to prevent spread of infection.
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23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
Are you getting a root canal for the first time? Although not everyone has had a root canal, it’s a fairly common procedure. What makes root canals important is that they allow your dentist to preserve your tooth for as long as possible – instead of having to pull it.
Don’t Wait to Have it Done
Putting your root canal off too long may mean it eventually is no longer an option. If too much damage occurs to the root, the tooth may have to be pulled instead.
Root Canals Don’t Hurt
Root canals don’t have to hurt. Although they may have a bad reputation, a root canal procedure is really similar to having a filling done. It just takes longer. Your dentist will thoroughly numb the area around your tooth, so that you don’t feel pain or discomfort throughout the process. If needed, additional numbing can also be added through the procedure.
Your dentist will also use a small prop to help you keep your mouth open. Common discomfort comes from straining the jaw muscles, so the small prop eliminates that concern.
Once your root canal is finished, your tooth will no longer experience sensations of pain. That’s because the nerve inside of the tooth isn’t there anymore. Instead, the nerve chamber has been sealed off with a filling material.
You’ll Need a Crown
A crown will protect your non-vital tooth so that it can function normally. This allows you to bite and chew without enamel chipping off. Otherwise the brittle tooth would start to break down.
Sit back, relax – your dentist has it covered! Your root canal is a common procedure that thousands of people have done each year.
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Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
One of the primary goals of routine dental care is to restore your natural tooth to a state of health and function before a cavity has the chance to permanently compromise it. Sometimes, decay can spread rapidly and grow too big for it to be fixed with a filling alone. How do you know if your tooth is beyond saving with a filling?
Signs and Symptoms of a Serious Problem
When decay spreads too far through the tooth’s hard outer layers, it can reach the sensitive core, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The infection spreads through the roots of the teeth and can result in an abscess. Signs and symptoms you may notice include:
Take Action to Save Your Tooth
The surest way you’ll be able to enjoy the use of your tooth once more is to have a root canal. By carefully examining the tooth and taking an x-ray of the area, your dentist will be able to assess the extent of the damage. Because the decay has advanced so far, the nerves within the tooth must be removed. The roots of the tooth are then sealed up and the tooth is reinforced with a crown. This procedure allows you to retain your natural tooth, but it removes all sensation from the tooth because the living material has been taken away.
If you are struggling with a “problem tooth” at this time, then please contact your dentist as soon as possible so that he or she can help relieve your tooth discomfort!
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2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
So – your dentist told you that you needed a root canal. If your tooth doesn’t even hurt (or even if it does,) you might be wondering if that root canal is really necessary or not. Why can’t you just fill the tooth, put a crown on it, or wait until it actually seems to have something else going on with it? Or better yet – what if you just treat the infection with an antibiotic and let it go away on its own?
Unfortunately, infected tooth nerves don’t heal themselves. While some tooth infections do need pre-treatment with an antibiotic, it only eliminates the initial infection. The open area that allows bacteria to enter into the tooth will simply result in a new infection a few weeks later. However, initially clearing up the area of infection makes it easier for your dentist to perform the root canal procedure.
Unlike fillings or crowns that strengthen or restore the upper portion of your tooth, root canals address the inner nerve chamber. The treatment extends through the nerve canal to the tip of the root, sealing it off and preventing any additional re-infection. If your dentist were to simply cover the upper portion of the tooth, then any recurrent infections would drain through the root tip and create more abscesses. That infection could even spread to adjacent teeth, or in rare circumstances, to your brain.
Having a root canal performed doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Your dentist will ensure that the process goes as easily as possible. Newer types of technology make root canals faster and gentler than ever before. Call your dentist to find out how!
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Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
Root canals carry a dreaded reputation for pain and expense. Everyone cringes at merely hearing the word! How do you know if you really need one?
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure in which the nerve and pulp within a tooth are removed. This results in the tooth no longer having any sensation. The rest of the tooth stays, but the inner portion—from the pulp chamber, down through the root(s) of the tooth—is filled and sealed off to prevent the tooth from breaking down.
Not Always Painful
In actuality, despite its reputation, a root canal is intended to relieve or prevent pain, not cause it. Any dental work done decades ago was quite painful. Thanks to modern technology and advances in scientific understanding, root canals are done today with anesthetics which prevent the patient from feeling anything.
What It Means for You
When the pulp of the tooth has been damaged by trauma, killed by decay, or is in imminent danger of being affected by advancing decay, then a root canal becomes necessary treatment. Leaving a damaged pulp untreated can lead to a bacterial infection that will spread to other areas. This is why treating the tooth is so important.
After being hollowed out by the root canal, a tooth will need added strength from a crown. You will be able to continue using and cleaning your tooth, as before. A root canal will clean up or prevent an infection, and will save your natural tooth. Make sure you have regular check-ups with your dentist and don’t delay scheduling vital treatment!
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Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
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