Sometimes tooth pulp, which is at the interior of each of your teeth, becomes infected or severely damaged. When this occurs, often root canal treatment is the best way to save your tooth. It involves removing the damaged tooth pulp, cleaning and sealing it, and placing a crown on top. The dangers of losing your natural tooth are eliminated.
A variety of symptoms can indicate a problem inside your tooth. Here are some of the most common signs:
- Pain – probably the most well-known symptom of a problem is sudden or unprovoked pain. Damaged tooth pulp can be caused by severe decay, bad crowns, chips or cracks, teeth grinding, infection, trauma, repeated dental procedures, or gum disease. Inflammation can result, which leads to pressure building up inside the pulp cavity and impacting the nerves of the tooth. Severe pain can result.
- Referred pain – inflammation and tooth pain may lead to referred pain, which means that it is hard to locate the source of your pain. Often pain occurs when you consume hot or cold foods or drinks.
- Facial swelling – the area near your affected tooth may swell enough to be noticeable on the outside of your face.
- Gum swelling – the gums near the affected tooth might swell and become irritated.
- Tooth loosening – your damaged tooth may begin to loosen.
- Pus – sometimes pus oozes in the area around the affected tooth.
- Discoloration – damage to the tooth pulp may be evidenced by tooth discoloration.
- No symptoms – sometimes there are no symptoms of a damaged tooth pulp. X-rays or other dental tests can reveal problems that you don’t realize exist. This is one reason that regular checkups are important for good oral health.
Root canal treatment offers numerous benefits. It can save your tooth, which allows for a more natural appearance and proper function. Your other teeth benefit because they are not exposed to greater wear related to missing teeth. Real teeth provide normal sensations in your mouth and standard biting force. Your diet can remain the same instead of having to eliminate foods based of abnormal mouth function. With all these benefits, there’s no reason to avoid this safe and effective procedure.
If you need root canal treatment in Beaverton Oregon, contact our office today.Read More »
Many people clench or grind their teeth, but often don’t even realize they are doing it. That’s why it’s important to recognize the symptoms of these behaviors, as well as maintain regular visits to the dentist because the signs will be noticeable to a dental professional.
Here are some things to watch for and suggestions on how to deal with bruxism.
Bruxism is when you hold your top and bottom teeth tightly together or slide your teeth back and forth against each other. Dentists say that there are a variety of causes for bruxism, such as smoking, sleep disorders, depression, caffeine, medications, anxiety, and drug use. The overall common link to these behaviors though is reported to be stress.
It’s important to know what effects to look for that might indicate you are grinding or clenching your teeth. Common signs include:
- Aching facial muscles and jaw
- Ear ache
- Inability to open your mouth as wide as usual
- Trouble sleeping
- Disrupting others when sleeping due to noise caused by grinding
- Irritated or receding gums
- Tight or stiff shoulders
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Uneven or excessive tooth wear or breakage
If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your dentist for a checkup. Bruxism patients may be fitted with a night guard, an appliance worn while sleeping to protect your teeth and help relieve your symptoms. Your dentist will also help you identify the cause of your bruxism, likely stress. In addition to determining the source of your stress and trying to reduce it, there are some techniques to relieve stress and reduce your bruxism symptoms that may be helpful. These include practicing yoga, eating anti-inflammatory foods, performing deep breathing exercises, journaling to release distracting or nagging thoughts, and exercising to release tension.
Targeting the root cause of your bruxism is a good way to get control of the problem, and seeing your dentist for ways to protect your teeth and gums will help save you from suffering the effects of bruxism.Read More »
Is your face aging you, but the idea of cosmetic surgery isn’t appealing? It may be time to consider a smile makeover. If your smile is dark, dingy, crooked, gapped or haggard, it adds years to your appearance. Cosmetic dentistry offers many non-invasive options to restore the youthful appearance of your smile and, as a result, take years off of your looks.
With aging, teeth can shift, darken, become chipped and may even fall out. These issues decrease the volume in your face, thin your lips and alter your bite. Because your teeth support the lower portion of your face, all of these problems combine to create an older appearance. A smile makeover performed by a qualified cosmetic dentist can correct these problems and put the youthful glow back in your face.
Smile makeovers offer a variety of options to correct the dental problems causing your face to age:
- Professional teeth whitening to brighten dingy, dark, or dull teeth
- Porcelain veneers to mask uneven or damaged teeth
- Mini dental implants to restore missing teeth
- Tooth-colored fillings to replace old, dark metal fillings
- Dental crowns to repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Composite bonding to fix the shape and color of a tooth
- Invisalign or SPEED braces to correct crooked or misshapen teeth
When you are looking to improve your facial appearance, cosmetic dentistry offers many attractive alternatives to costly and complicated cosmetic surgery. A smile makeover combines treatments to achieve the goal of subtracting years from your appearance. In cooperation with a qualified cosmetic dentist, you can create a smile makeover plan that will keep your smile from aging you and result in a more refreshed and youthful look.Read More »
Congratulations on your upcoming cosmetic dentistry treatment! You’re on the road toward obtaining the smile of your dreams. Before your appointment, however, it’s important to make any necessary arrangements that will allow you to get home safely and recover quickly and completely, without complications.
If your cosmetic dentistry procedure requires sedation of any kind other than laughing gas, you may not drive yourself home after your appointment. Sedation dentistry, even that which is administered by an IV, is conscious, but it leaves the patient feeling dreamy and sometimes woozy or dizzy, and although you may walk and talk and respond to instructions, you are not alert enough to drive. Driving after sedation dentistry can lead to a terrible accident in which you or someone else may be hurt. Avoid this serious issue by arranging a ride home with a trusted family member, friend or coworker.
It’s important to wear comfortable clothing to your appointment, especially if you’re going to go right home to rest. Teeth whitening or dental veneers are simple cosmetic procedures that require little, if any dental sedation; however, dental implants, crowns and bridges or gum treatments will require sedation and therefore calls for rest at home afterward. Wearing soft clothing can allow you to slip right into bed or to recline comfortably on the sofa to begin your recovery.
Many procedures will leave you with a need to consume soft foods and tepid liquids. Have plenty of yogurt, applesauce or soft cheeses on hand. Milkshakes can be an excellent source of calories and energy following cosmetic dentistry.
Be sure to have plenty of anti-inflammatory pain medication on hand, such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. This can ease common post-procedure discomfort.
Ask Beaverton cosmetic dentist Dr. Enayati for more tips on how to prepare for your particular treatment. Just a little work ahead of time can make your recovery so much more comfortable.Read More »