The Basic Truth About Root Canal Treatment

When is a root canal necessary? That’s a good question.

The answers can help you understand why you’re in pain and how to get relief. It can also help assure that it’s possible to save your tooth from an extraction.

Clearing up the misunderstanding

Root canal treatment often gets bad “press.” As your Roswell family dentist we take steps to clarify the procedure details and dispel the myths.

First, tooth and mouth pain can be a signal that something is wrong. But keep in mind that not all pain is cause for a root canal.

Yours might start with sensitivity to hot and cold. A filling or crown might also be damaged.

But the longer the pain persists without treatment the worse it can become. Tooth decay and infection deep within your tooth or gum tissue are the concerns.

What a root canal does

Your tooth’s outer layer of enamel protects the internal soft tissue. Nerves are contained within your tooth’s pulp and near the root tips. A nerve resides inside a “canal” thus the term “root canal.”

Your tooth pulp can become infected. A fracture, chipped tooth, or cavity opens the door to bacteria.

And that’s where the problems multiply!

Once your tooth pulp dies pressure builds as blood flow increases to the area. Biting, chewing, and hot or cold can trigger the pain you feel.

Treating the infection and restoring the tooth structure is the goal of a root canal. Our Roswell dental care is equipped to save your tooth and help eliminate your tooth pain.

A root canal cleans out the infected pulp and reshapes the canal. A substance is added to help prevent further infection. Your tooth is then permanently sealed with a dental crown to restore the structure and function.

Perhaps this clarifies some of the misunderstanding about root canal treatment. Contact your Roswell dentist with additional questions.

Schedule a dental examination if you’re experiencing any tooth sensitivity or tooth and mouth pain.

What to Know About Dry Mouth and How to Begin Treating It

There are more than 400 related reasons you could be experiencing it. And those are the medications associated with the condition known as dry mouth.

Antihistamines, diuretics, pain medications, and anti-depressants are among the common causes. Whatever the cause, dry mouth can be a serious health issue. It’s important to your oral and overall health that you contact your Roswell family dentist if your mouth feels abnormally dry or your unable to produce saliva.

Who should be concerned?

Anyone can suffer from dry mouth syndrome. If you’re over the age of 65 you’re among 30 percent of those who experience the condition.

Your first clue, aside from noticeable dryness, is difficulty chewing, tasting, or swallowing. Other symptoms include:

  • A uncharacteristic build-up of plaque on your teeth
  • An increase in the number of cavities diagnosed during a dental check up
  • Tongue sensitivity or a burning mouth sensation
  • Bad breath
  • Diagnosed gum disease
  • Problems wearing dentures such as fit, etc.

How to treat and stop dry mouth

Our Roswell dental care can provide a diagnosis and provide treatment for dry mouth. The symptoms associated will also require attention.

There are over-the-counter treatments available that focus on increasing your saliva production. Once we diagnose your specific causes we can recommend the best treatment solution including procedures to treat any tooth or gum related issues.

In the meantime we encourage you to follow a few effective habits to help with dry mouth.

  • Brush and floss daily. This may sound obvious but it’s important to be consistent. Removal of food particles and stimulating your gum tissue can help produce saliva.
  • Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing helps stimulate saliva production too.
  • Watch your diet and lifestyle. Foods and beverages with a high acid content, dry foods such as toast and crackers, foods high in salt, and caffeinated beverages can enhance dry mouth symptoms. Smoking and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep water on hand and drink it throughout the day.

Contact your Roswell family dentist about any symptoms of dry mouth. Schedule an oral examination for more information and a diagnosis of what could be causing yours.

Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?

Age and wisdom naturally go together. Perhaps that’s why wisdom teeth begin to develop around the age range of 17 to 21.

Technically they’re referred to as your third molars. The tag, “wisdom teeth,” describes the developmental transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Healthy wisdom teeth emerge properly and provide a natural chewing function. There might be some discomfort as they “erupt” and develop. But generally, you will experience only minor issues, if any at all.

Space issues?

Wisdom teeth problems have more to do with space than function. They can begin to emerge without adequate room or do so in the wrong position.

Either way, they can cause problems for your surrounding teeth. It’s important that you allow your Roswell family dentist to monitor the development of yours and your family’s wisdom teeth.

  • Are your wisdom teeth allowing food to become trapped and give bacteria an opportunity to cause decay and cavities?
  • Can you floss between your wisdom teeth or is it difficult to maneuver floss effectively to remove food particles?
  • Do you notice any signs of infection within the gum tissue surrounding your wisdom teeth?
  • Are your wisdom teeth crowding your adjoining teeth as they emerge?
  • Have your wisdom teeth become impacted (unable to emerge because of space issues)?

Is it time to have your wisdom teeth removed?

Pain, infection, tooth damage, gum disease, and decay are prime evidence for considering the removal of your wisdom teeth. Our Roswell dental care will diagnose their condition and recommend treatment – including wisdom teeth removal.

Another common reason for extracting your wisdom teeth is to prepare for orthodontic treatment. Other dental procedures can be more effective following their removal also.

A thorough dental examination and digital x-ray technology will help determine the next steps for your wisdom teeth. Treatment can include scheduling their removal or monitoring their health for a period of time depending on their phase of development and your related issues.

Contact your Roswell family dentist about your wisdom teeth. Schedule an examination for a diagnosis of their health and development.

Should You Be Concerned About a Chipped Tooth?

It’s a good question to ask your Roswell cosmetic dentist. Personally, it can depend on how noticeable your chipped tooth is. But if there’s pain and sensitivity that’s another issue.

The two sides of a chipped tooth

The perceived upside: there’s no pain and/or it’s not visible enough to cause you any embarrassment. After all, a tooth chip is a recognized feature of some admired celebrities (notice).

Small or large, a chip on your tooth means a portion of your tooth structure is no longer available. From top to bottom each tooth is valuable to your mouth’s Eco-system.

Tooth damage (in any form) can progress into more serious issues such as cracks or worse, an entry point for oral bacteria to cause to decay or infection.

You could get into root canal territory too. This occurs when your tooth chip is near sensitive pulp and nerve tissue and doesn’t heal properly.

Avoid despair with chipped tooth repair

Minor chips can be treated and filled with dental bonding. The materials used are tooth colored and provide a natural match to your surrounding teeth.

Composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings are also an effective treatment. The filling provides protection from invasive, decay causing bacteria. The cosmetic benefit will improve your appearance too.

Large chips or fractures can require additional restoration of your tooth structure. A dental crown, a veneer, or an inlay or onlay will create a new, attractive tooth structure.

Tooth damage, including a chipped tooth, are a good reason to contact your Roswell family dentist. It’s best for your oral health to confirm that there’s no further damage to your tooth.

Contact our Roswell dental office about your chipped tooth. Schedule an examination for a diagnosis and to discuss your restorative options.