Symptoms and Benefits Surrounding Root Canal Treatment

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.

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Bruxism: Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

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
  • Headache
  • 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.

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