Dental Tips Blog

Jul
9

Three Signs That Mean You Need to See the Dentist

Posted in Root Canals

Have you ever asked yourself or a friend: “Do you think I should see a dentist?” Chances are most of us have experienced a toothache, accident, or felt something that didn’t seem quite right and made us wonder if it was time to call our dental office. Here are 3 signs that you need to make the call:

Youre in Pain:

It sounds simple, but you might be surprised how many people think the pain will go away if they can just “make it through.” Toughing out the pain won’t make it any better – the discomfort you feel in your mouth is trying to tell you to get professional help, fast. Most dental pain is caused by severe infection that requires treatment in order to make it go away for good.

It Didnt Feel Like That Before:

Does something feel a little off? If one of the teeth seems “funny” or not the way it normally does, you may have had a filling fall out or a piece of tooth break off. Catching it earlier can make treatment easier and more affordable to complete.

Theres Bleeding or Swelling That Doesnt Go Away:

An abscess or infected gum tissue means that there’s a bacterial infection deep down under your tissues. Have your dentist clean the area and check for a cause. It can be anything from gingivitis to gum disease to a tooth that needs to have a root canal.

All in all, if you notice changes in your mouth that don’t go away within a few days, it’s best to see your dentist!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

Jun
4

Why an Abscess is Dangerous to Your Child’s Health

Posted in Root Canals

A toothache doesn’t seem like something that could be dangerous, but it could have the potential to place your child in the emergency room, or even develop a complicated condition such as an infection leading into their brain. Although this isn’t necessarily common, it is a condition that should be taken seriously when deciding how or when to have an oral infection treated.

Most abscesses in young children occur when tooth decay has entered into the nerve chamber of the tooth. Typically this will result in a painful condition, but for some children they may not have any symptoms at all. Abscesses usually cause the formation of a fistula, or small pimple, on the side of the gums near the tooth. This is an attempt for the tooth to drain the infection, which has invaded the area around the roots of the teeth. Proper treatment is to remove all of the infection and seal off the nerve chamber with root canal therapy and place a crown over the tooth. Leaving the abscess open and untreated will continue to allow bacteria to enter into the tooth and complicate the infection. Swelling has the potential to spread throughout the side of the face, and as mentioned before, into the brain.

Severe infections may be treated with antibiotics in the beginning so that swelling and infection can be minimized before clinical treatment is performed. Unfortunately, antibiotics are not a cure-all for this type of infection, as tooth decay is still present and an abscess will only recur later on. Ask your child’s dentist about treating decay while it’s smaller and easier to correct!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

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