It sometimes seems like a cruel joke that we only get two sets of teeth. Sharks continue to grow teeth throughout their lives, so when it loses one, another one just moves into place.
Obviously, humans don’t have that ability, but we do have something else, the knowledge to take care of our teeth and procedures to repair them.
Here in Fairfield, OH, Andrew Dine, DDS wants you to have your teeth as long as possible. Sure there are dental techniques and technologies that can effectively replace a missing tooth, but they are simply not the same as the real thing.
A root canal is a procedure that can repair a severely decayed tooth. It replaces part of the tooth, but saves most of it and allows you to keep your teeth longer.
The most obvious indication that you might need a root canal is a toothache, but even if there is no pain, there may still be an infection in your tooth. The pain may come and go, which is a sign that you need to come into our office immediately. This could be the result of nerve damage, and it will only worsen and spread if you do not seek dental care.
Sensitivity to hot and cold is another symptom of nerve damage due to an infected tooth. This is not just an annoyance, it is a serious dental problem that needs to be taken care of right away. So, if you find yourself having trouble eating because of sensitive teeth, don’t wait, seek our help right away.
Tooth discoloration is more than a simple cosmetic issue. Your teeth may be changing color because bacteria inside your tooth is causing an infection to damage the blood vessels and nerves in your tooth. So, don’t disregard an off color tooth, take it seriously and come in for an examination.
Bad breath doesn’t really sound like that serious of a problem, and maybe it’s not. But if you notice that your breath is consistently bad, no matter how much brushing you do and mouth wash you use, then this could mean you are dealing with some serious tooth decay. Don’t just try to cover up this symptom, let us fix it for you.
Unless you are a small child, you should not be experiencing loose teeth. A tooth may become loose when an infection has weakened the gums and ligaments that hold the tooth in place.
A loose tooth combined with any of these other symptoms, is a strong indication that the health of your tooth is in serious jeopardy. And even though dental technology has developed several options to replace missing teeth, nothing is better than your real teeth. That is why a root canal can be such an effective dental procedure.
The worse thing you can do if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms is to wait. Tooth decay, even severe tooth decay that has caused an infection, can lead to some serious health problems.
The pain and sensitivity often experienced by those with severe tooth decay will often keep them from eating. This leads to nutritional deficiencies that can weaken the immune system and make you more vulnerable to illness.
Also the infection itself, if left untreated, can spread throughout the mouth and even into the bloodstream and throughout your body.
So, be sure not to dismiss a toothache as something that will just go away. Get it it treated! Otherwise you could be putting your overall health at risk.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is actually a fairly simple procedure. The top of the infected tooth is removed so that we can remove the infected pulp and treat the tooth with an antibiotic. Then we will rebuild the inside of your tooth with a malleable composite. After the tooth heals, it will be covered with a crown and function as a healthy tooth.
Please don’t let fear of pain stop you from fixing your teeth with a root canal. With modern anesthetics, the procedure is nearly painless. Even the injection will be pain free thanks to the DentalVibe wand, which vibrates the injection point to distract your pain receptors so that the injection does not hurt. This will also allow the numbing agent to move throughout your gums more evenly, numbing you quickly and effectively.
Any time you can save a tooth, you should. Your natural teeth are just that, natural, and should be preserved as long as possible.
Andrew Dine, DDS wants the people of Fairfield to hold on to their natural teeth as long as possible, and a root canal can often make that happen.
Contact us today for more information on root canals or any dental procedure you may need.