Sometimes a cavity may be too deep to be fixed and might require a root canal. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During a root canal Dr. Brogdon removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
Causes of an infected pulp could include:
- a deep cavity
- repeated dental procedures
- a cracked or broken toot
- injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.
Visit our office if you experience any of the above problems.
(Courtesy of http://www.mouthhealthy.org)
Have you ever had a tooth to chip on your coffee cup? Or maybe you were chewing on ice or some popcorn and your crown breaks. Dental Emergencies happen and when they do they’re not any fun. When a dental emergency happens the best thing is to remain calm and don’t panic. Also make sure that it is really a dental emergency.
According to yourdentistyguide.com any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency.
Is it a Dental Emergency?
Smoothing a chipped tooth, re-cementing a crown that is not causing pain and composite bonding to repair a tooth are not dental emergencies. Typically, such problems can be dealt with during your dentist’s regular office hours.
If you are not sure whether or not you are having a true dental emergency, answer the following questions:
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Are you in severe pain?
- Do you have any loose teeth?
- Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
- Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
- Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be having a dental emergency and should call your dentist immediately. It’s important to describe to your dentist exactly what has happened and what you are feeling.
If you experience extreme pain caused by hot or warm foods or beverages, try drinking ice water. It might relieve the pain. Sip on ice water and hold some in your mouth until you see the dentist. If you are having sensitivity to cold or if it causes pain to breathe in air, avoid cold foods and beverages. Breathe through your nose and call your dentist’s office. If you experience pain in a tooth when biting down, it might indicate an abscess. This is an emergency and you should call your dentist’s office.
If you experience an emergency we are here for you. Call our emergency number 423-605-7009 as soon as possible.
You probably already know that at Brogdon Dental you can get a new crown in one visit. If you have recently been told you need a crown or you have never had one before, you might wonder why crowns are necessary and what is involved in the process.
The most common reasons a dentist will suggest a crown are:
- to restore the shape of excessively worn teeth
- to repair a tooth that has been chipped or broken
- to repair and strengthen a tooth that is too decayed to be fixed with a filling
A crown is basically a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over your original tooth and it will both protect your tooth and return it to its original shape. Broken or decayed teeth can be painful, especially if nerves are exposed, and also dangerous because decay can progress deeper causing infection and other complications. Usually when you get a crown, it requires several visits to the dentist’s office. Most of the time, the dentist will prepare your existing tooth and make a cast for a lab to create the crown, then give you a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready. Then you go back, have the temporary crown removed and your permanent one put in.
At Brogdon Dental, we know that your time is as important as your smile so we now use a revolutionary tool that creates a permanent crown in about an hour called CEREC. After taking a 3D image of your tooth, our CEREC machine can create a strong, beautiful restoration in about an hour. We’ll permanently place the crown during your single visit, and you’ll leave our office with a full, healthy smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment and find out more!