While tooth enamel is a tough substance, as the strongest tissue in the human body, it is still vulnerable to injury. Tooth enamel is a thin, translucent outer layer which covers the dentin below, and protects the tooth pulp below the dentin. Your tooth pulp is home to nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. If this becomes infected, you will need a root canal to save the tooth. Dr. [doctor_name] may recommend a root canal if a tooth is infected due to the following:
- Deep decay in the tooth.
- If a tooth has undergone repeated dental procedures.
- Severe cracking, chipping, or root fracture allowing bacteria to set in.
Signs that you may have an infected or inflamed tooth include:
- If you have a hole in a tooth.
- Tooth pain or a persistent toothache.
- Swelling gums or swelling in your face or neck.
- Sensitivity to temperature extremes.
If root canal therapy is advised for a damaged tooth in your smile, remember that left untreated, the tooth pulp may die, surrounding bone may be lost, or you may end up losing the tooth. A root canal will relieve you of tooth pain and save your tooth.
Since tooth decay and injury can result in an infected tooth, our [practice_name] team in [city], [state], encourages diligent, daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional dental cleanings to keep your teeth strong and healthy. We also encourage wearing a sports mouth guard while playing contact sports and high-risk recreational activities to protect against injury.
Please call us at [phone] if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule a visit with our experienced team. Dr. [doctor_name] and our team in [city], [state], looks forward to relieving you of oral pain and saving your teeth for a healthy, confident smile!
In many cases, a chipped tooth doesn’t cause pain. This makes many people with a chipped tooth ignore the problem. Unfortunately, the chipped tooth enamel offers the ideal area for the bacteria in your mouth to exploit it and harbor tooth decay.
For this reason alone, you should never ignore a chipped tooth. It’s always a good idea to have our [practice_name] team examine the chipped tooth so we can determine the best way to repair it.
The chip in the enamel could very easily develop into a cavity. Sometimes, the chip can be repaired with a simple filling. A significant chip might need to be restored with a dental crown. If you have multiple teeth in your smile with minor chips, you might be interested in having your dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], restore your smile with custom dental veneers.
If the chipped tooth includes significant pain or sensitivity, there might be a more serious problem. These symptoms often mean that the damage caused by the chip has penetrated into the internal structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, our [practice_name] team might need to perform a root canal to repair the tooth.
If you have one or more chipped teeth in [city], [state], that you would like to have addressed, you should call [practice_name] at [phone] to schedule an appointment.
Here’s a story.
You wake up one morning and notice a pain in your mouth. At first you wonder if something has become lodged between one of your teeth, maybe a piece of popcorn shell, but some quick flossing tells you nothing is there. You come to the unhappy conclusion that you have a toothache. What do you do?
Dental emergencies tend to strike at the most inconvenient times. But responding to them appropriately can mean the difference between saving a tooth and requiring more extensive treatment. Getting to the dentist as quickly as possible is the best thing you can do, regardless of the situation.
Let’s come back to your toothache. You might think it can wait until the weekend, or that it might even go away on its own. Don’t wait until the pain finally becomes unbearable. Treatment is easier if the problem is addressed earlier.
What about other emergencies? If an entire tooth is knocked out, rinse it off holding the crown only. Don’t scrub. Try and insert it back into place, or put it in some milk or salty water. Get to a dentist. Save any fragments from chipped or broken teeth, and get to a dentist. Pain can be controlled with a little clove oil. If you lose a crown, try and fit it back into place using some toothpaste. Cover a lost filling with sugarfree gum. Get to a dentist as soon as possible.
Knowing how to appropriately react in a dental emergency can save you or a loved one unnecessary discomfort and pain. At [practice_name], we are ready to deal with any dental emergency here in the [city], [st], area. Please contact us at [phone] with any questions.