Precision Endodontics Is Treating Oral Pain During The Coronavirus
Are you hoping to see a dentist but have concerns about whether that is possible during the coronavirus? Despite the pandemic, we are still treating oral pain and other issues that require emergency dental care. Our office is taking all necessary precautions to stop the spread and minimize risk for our patients.
Whether your tooth hurts because you have a cavity, or are experiencing sensitivity to cold, heat, or sweets, we can help alleviate your pain and in a safe and comfortable environment. Our dedicated endodontists can help determine why you are experiencing oral pain and find a way to make the pain go away. Also, if there’s swelling, you might have an abscess, and we have ways to eliminate the infection and help you return to a nice, pain-free quality of life.
Common Types of Injuries We See When Treating Oral Pain
Although we are treating oral pain no matter what the source, here are a few of the most common types of injuries we treat.
- Chipped Teeth: If only the surface is chipped or cracked, a filling or reattachment usually restores the tooth. But if the pulp is exposed then an experienced Endodontist probably will need to perform a root canal. The common symptoms for this include discomfort while breathing or drinking cold fluids.
- Extruded Teeth: If the tooth is pushed out of position, patients over 12 usually require a root canal to mend the root. Sometimes calcium hydroxide or other prescription medication is used, as well. Younger patients may be able to heal on their own once the tooth is stabilized.
- Root Fractures: A traumatic injury may result in a horizontal fracture of the root. The long term health of the tooth is determined by the location of the fracture. A fracture that is closer to the root tip has a better chance for success. Sometimes, a splint is used to stabilize the tooth for a certain period of time.
- Avulsed Teeth: If the avulsed tooth is handled very carefully and immediate care is given, the tooth can probably be replaced into the socket, and restored with a subsequent root canal. “Immediate attention” usually means 30 minutes or less. After that time, it is harder to save the tooth. Treating oral pain is easier and more effective if you contact your dentist as soon as the issue presents itself.
Will I Experience Pain After Root Canal Treatment?
Pain is the primary concern any time you hear the words, root canal. However, despite common misconceptions about root canal therapy, when you undergo treatment, we expect you to have zero pain. Following the treatment, you’ll be numb for a few hours but you can go right back to work, play sports, or do whatever your normal life would have included that day.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you can normally expect a dull achiness, and even a mild throbbing might be the extent of your discomfort. Most teeth will be slightly tender as you chew; however, most of them are slightly tender when you come in, and that will continue for a little while. We usually recommend taking over-the-counter ibuprofen if you’re medically able to do that. That usually takes care of everything in terms of treating oral pain.
How Do I Know If I Might Need A Root Canal?
How can you know if you have a root canal problem? You may find that the pressure of chewing your food, has started to bother you more. Cold temperatures may cause pain or, all of a sudden, the heat of your cup of coffee starts to bother your teeth. Those types of issues may indicate a root canal problem. Certainly, if you notice bumps, lumps, or swelling, you should absolutely be checked.
How Can A Root Canal Help With Treating Oral Pain?
Because the roots of your teeth are actually like pipes – meaning they’re hollow in the middle – each one has a root canal inside where the nerve and the blood supply are located. When you’re young, the nerves and cells that help teeth form are located there. As you get older, if cavities form, bacteria are able to enter the tooth and cause inflammation or infection. Root canal treatment goes through the tooth into those canals, cleaning, disinfecting, and then sealing them to prevent further issues. Root canal treatment helps save your tooth and keep it healthy.
If you want to know more about how we treat oral pain, please give our office a call today. If you are experiencing discomfort, schedule an appointment at one of our two endodontic offices.
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