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Side Effects of Abscessed Teeth

Posted in Root Canals

Abscessed teeth cause more than just a toothache. They can have several effects on other teeth, the mouth, and even the health of the patient. Although they initially don’t cause concern among patients unless some discomfort is present, abscessed teeth can also exhibit symptoms like:

•           Drainage around the tooth

•           Bad breath

•           Pain when pressure is applied to the tooth

•           Visible swelling around the root area on the gum tissue

What happens during an abscess is that the infection needs to find somewhere to drain, so it comes out of the tip of the root, where there is an opening for nerve tissue. At this point the pus creates an abscessed area in the bone and gum tissue surrounding the root, and drains out the side of the gum tissue. Not only is this painful, it also causes infectious bacteria to enter into the bone and possibly spread into the sinuses or to nearby teeth.

This can cause loss of bone structure, infection in other teeth, and even health complications that result in hospitalizations. In rare circumstances, dental abscess bacteria have had the ability to spread through the head and into the brain. In young children this can be extremely dangerous, and the parent may not even realize what is going on until severe facial swelling has developed.

The best thing to do when there is an abscessed tooth is to complete treatment as soon as possible, allowing your dentist to remove the infection and prevent it from swelling. You may need a root canal and in some cases the patient may also be placed on an antibiotic if the infection is severe, before the treatment can be completed and to alleviate the cause of pain.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates



Understanding Root Canal Procedures

Posted in Root Canals

We’ve all heard the phrase “about as much fun as a root canal,” and gained a vague understanding of the procedure as a vastly unpleasant one. As a result, receiving news from your dentist or gum specialist about your impending need for a root canal can be downright terrifying. With a bit of understanding, the entire process of a root canal procedure can be demystified, which may reduce much of your anxiety and fear.

Dispelling Root Canal Myths

Because the phrase “root canal” has become so culturally intertwined with miserable experiences, it’s not uncommon for patients in need of the procedure to find themselves shying away from having it completed. The fact of the matter is, a root canal can actually relieve excruciating tooth pain and save an endangered tooth. Most patients report that the root canal procedure is no more painful than the experience of having a filling replaced, which means the reputation root canals have earned is an altogether unfair assessment. A root canal will repair badly decayed or infected teeth, which can be excruciating. When people refer to the pain of a root canal, they’re typically thinking of the pain caused by the underlying issue which created the need for a root canal in the first place.

What Does a Root Canal Entail?

During a root canal, infected or inflamed pulp inside your tooth is removed to facilitate the cleaning and disinfection of the tooth itself. After cleaning, the tooth will be filled and sealed, then protected with a crown or filling. At the end of the procedure, you will find your tooth performing and functioning just as effectively as any other tooth, without the pain to which you have been accustomed.

If you’re suffering from an inflamed or painful tooth, don’t let fears of the dreaded root canal prevent you from seeking treatment. Your dentist can help to save your tooth and put an end to your oral pain with a relatively simple procedure, one which doesn’t deserve it’s poor reputation.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates


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