Dental Tips Blog

Dec
28

How to Have a Pain-Free Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

A root canal may be the only way to save your tooth, but you’re worried that it will hurt. How can you make your next necessary root canal as comfortable as possible? The following tips may help.

Remember That Root Canals Fix Pain, Not Cause It

The root canal itself isn’t what hurts. Damage or the threat of damage to your tooth nerve is what causes the problem. A deep tooth fracture or abscess can put your tooth through excruciating pain. A root canal procedure relieves the source of discomfort by removing the nerve of the tooth.

Ask for Dental Sedation

The dentist will do his or her best to ensure that your tooth and surrounding gum tissue is nice and numb before beginning the root canal.

You can also request mild sedation to help you relax. If you’re sufficiently relaxed for the procedure, then you’ll be able to stay comfortable and calm. You might even feel like you napped your way through a painless root canal!

Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions

Your root canal dentist will likely have specific instructions for you to follow both before and after the procedure. These instructions will ensure that the anesthesia and sedation work and that you have as little postoperative discomfort as possible.

Don’t Reschedule the Appointment!

Once your doctor recommends a root canal, you’d better not postpone it. The problem will only get worse until your tooth starts to hurt, and that discomfort can make the treatment harder to tolerate.

Get your tooth treated as soon as possible to improve your chances of having a quick and comfortable root canal.

Ask your dentist for more information on endodontic therapy.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Sep
11

Do You Need a Crown After a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

Why would you need a crown on a tooth that’s had a root canal? Your dentist isn’t trying to earn extra money by charging you for an unnecessary procedure. There are actually six important reasons to cap the tooth.

  1. A Tooth Is Weak After a Root Canal

Root canal therapy is very tough on a tooth and dries it out from the inside. The result is a brittle shell that may need the extra protection that only a crown can provide.

  1. You Had the Root Canal on a Back Tooth

Front teeth don’t support much weight when you chew but your molars take a beating. That’s why back teeth that get root canals almost always need to be capped.

  1. You Grind Your Teeth

A teeth-grinding habit is damaging on all teeth but it’s especially dangerous for fragile ones that just had a root canal. A crown will make your endodontically treated tooth last longer.

  1. Your Tooth Is Stained

Has your tooth turned gray from decay or trauma? That kind of stain won’t bleach out no matter what you try. Placing a crown might be the best way to make your tooth look more natural and healthier.

  1. A Crown Insulates Remaining Nerves

Sometimes, a root canal can’t access all the extra nerves attached to your tooth. Crowning your tooth will protect them and spare you any painful sensitivity.

  1. Crowns Seal Out Decay

A new cavity would further weaken your treated tooth. Your dentist may recommend a crown to protect your tooth if it’s at high-risk for developing more decay.

Ask your dentist about the best options for protecting your tooth after a root canal.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Mar
13

Why Do You Need a Crown After Getting a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

Why is getting a dental crown after a root canal so important? Can the tooth just go without?

Root Canals Restore…but Also Weaken Teeth

A root canal involves removing an infected or damaged tooth, to eliminate all traces of the compromised nerves.

Unfortunately, the process can knock out a lot of material from inside the tooth. You’ll be left with a hollow structure that’s more fragile.

Live teeth strengthen themselves with the nutrients brought in by the blood vessels flowing from the roots to the pulp. When a tooth has a root canal, it dies and can no longer be reinforced from the inside.

If you need a root canal, it’s because your tooth is already dead or in the process of dying. The treatment is just a way to save what’s left, so that you don’t have to extract the tooth entirely.

Capping your tooth with a dental crown keeps it strong and protected even after being weakened by a necessary treatment.

Is It Possible to Get a Root Canal without a Crown?

Some teeth do fine without a crown after having a root canal. These can include:

  • Front teeth like incisors and canines which don’t experience much chewing force
  • Strong teeth that have no history of previous damage
  • Teeth with very little damage from the root canal

In such cases, a dental filling may be sufficient to seal off the tooth and keep it in good shape for years to come.

Only your  dentist can tell after a root canal whether your tooth is strong enough to go without a crown so, check in with him or her to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Sep
29

Will I Need a Root Canal if I Have My Crown Re-done?

Posted in Root Canals

Maybe your dentist suggested that you update your crown. Or, perhaps you want to change it out because you’re unhappy with the look.

Dental crowns are wonderful things. They protect a tooth from all angles and restore its strength that may have been lost to decay or a fracture. But anytime a tooth is capped, it loses a bit of its structure. That’s just the way it is in order to properly fit a crown.

Whenever an old crown is replaced, there is a small chance that the tooth may need root canal (endodontic therapy). Root canals are separate (though often related) procedures in relation to crowns. You need a crown after getting a root canal, but you don’t always need endodontic therapy when getting a dental crown.

A root canal is a procedure in which your dentist removes the nerve from inside the roots of your tooth. Root canals sound scary, but they aren’t that bad. If anything, they usually bring relief to a tooth in pain.

There are three main reasons you may need root canal treatment after having an old crown removed:

  1. There is advanced decay infecting the tooth under the crown
  2. The tooth’s nerve chamber is breached during the process of getting a new crown
  3. There is so little tooth structure left that breaching the nerve chamber is virtually inevitable

If any of those situations apply to you, there’s little you can do to anticipate it. You’ll have to visit your dentist for x-rays and an exam to see how your current crown is holding up.

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave Suite D
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478

Sep
27

3 Signs You Need a Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

“I love getting root canals!”…said no one, ever.

But despite their bad rap, root canals today are far more comfortable than in years past. In fact, most people who’ve gotten a root canal will assert that it was nowhere near as bad as they expected.

Today’s dentistry is making root canals faster, more effective, and more comfortable every year.

If you wind up needing endodontic therapy, be assured that it won’t feel much different from getting a regular filling.

So why might you need a root canal, anyway? Here are three things you yourself may notice which could indicate the necessity of such treatment:

  1. Lingering pain and sensitivity

An abscessed tooth will usually present itself with a lot of pain. You may notice discomfort particularly when you put pressure on the tooth, such as when biting.

Temperature can trigger sensitivity even in healthy teeth. But if your tooth throbs for a while after the temperature stimulus is gone, that could be a sign of an infected tooth nerve that needs root canal treatment.

  1. Your tooth is turning dark

When the nerve chamber inside your tooth gets damaged, it can turn dark as it dies. A root canal is the best option for removing the dead tissue and staving off infection.

  1. Swelling on your gums

A pimple-like bump on the outside of your gums next to a tooth could be the exit point of an abscess that needs a root canal.

Only an experienced dentist could tell you for sure whether or not you need a root canal. So call to schedule a checkup if you suspect any dental problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Alluvial Dental Center
1875 E Alluvial Ave
Fresno, CA 93720
559-325-0700

Dec
6

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

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:

  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Pain
  • Tenderness and swelling around a tooth
  • A discharge or funny taste
  • Change in color of the enamel

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

May
30

Do I Need A Root Canal?

Posted in Root Canals

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!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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