Posts for tag: toothache

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   toothache  

Woman With Tooth PainNo tooth is an unnecessary tooth. So, if you have one endangered by trauma, dental abscess, or several cavities and fillings, your dentist at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI, will endeavor to save it with root canal therapy. By removing diseased interior pulp, this restorative treatment relieves pain and spares the tooth for many years to come. At Lakeshore Dentistry, Drs. Ryan Lebster, Jose Vivas, and Arnold Baker carefully evaluate their patients for this service if the need arises.

Comfortable and reliable

That's the essence of root canal therapy. A two-visit procedure performed entirely by your Holland dentist, a root canal (as most people call it) aims to remove the interior pulp from the slender chamber running down tooth roots, and as a minimally invasive procedure, it only requires the use of local anesthetic!

During treatment, Dr. Lebster, Dr. Vivas, or Dr. Baker will use special tools debride the canals. Afterward, they will also disinfect and seal them with elastic and biocompatible gutta-percha. Finally, a temporary dental filling or crown will cover the tooth while the permanent crown is fashioned at the dental lab. Healing takes about a week.

When you return to Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center, the dentist will remove the temporary restoration and bond the permanent crown over your restored tooth. While your tooth may be sensitive for a bit, this will quickly diminish, and the pain, drainage, and other difficult symptoms that you previously been experiencing will be gone!

Signs you may need a root canal

Your tooth may be in danger and need a root canal procedure if:

  • It is highly sensitive to heat, cold, sugar, or pressure
  • You have a severe toothache
  • The enamel is discolored
  • You have a pimple on your gums
  • Your jaw is swollen
  • You have bad breath which does not go away
  • You have an obvious fracture and are missing a substantial amount of tooth structure

So many benefits...

In summary, the American Association of Endodontists says root canal therapy has many wonderful benefits such as:

  • Resolution of pain
  • Improvement of oral function (biting, chewing, speaking) and smile appearance
  • Avoidance of tooth extraction
  • Less cost than tooth replacements such as bridgework and dental implants
  • Long-life for the treated tooth

Don't delay
If you question the health of a particular tooth, please contact Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center and ask for an appointment with one of our highly skilled dentists. Our office is reachable at (616) 399-3946.

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
February 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  
4ThingsyouShoulddoifYourChildComplainsofaToothache

If your child has a toothache, there’s good news — and not so good news. The good news is the pain rarely indicates an emergency. On the downside, though, it may definitely be something that needs our attention.

Here, then, are 4 things you should do as a parent when your child tells you their tooth hurts.

Try to find out exactly where the pain is and how long it has hurt. Ask your child which tooth or part of the mouth hurts. You should also find out, as best you can, when the pain started and if it’s constant or intermittent. Anything you learn will be useful information if you bring them to the office for an examination. And, any tooth pain that keeps your child up at night or lasts more than a day should be examined.

Look for signs of recent injury. Your child may have suffered a blow to the mouth that has damaged the teeth and gums. Besides asking if they remember getting hurt in the mouth, be sure to look for chipped teeth, cracks or other signs of trauma. Even if there aren’t any outward signs of injury, the tooth’s interior pulp may have been damaged and should be checked out.

Look for signs of dental disease. Take a close look at the tooth your child’s complaining about: do you see brown spots or obvious cavities? You should also look for swollen gums or sores on the inside of the mouth. If there’s been no apparent injury, these could be signs of infection related to tooth decay.

Try to relieve pain symptoms. If you don’t see anything unusual, there may be a piece of candy or other hard food debris between the teeth causing the pain — gently floss around the tooth to dislodge it. If the pain persists give appropriate doses of ibuprofen or acetaminophen (not aspirin). If there’s swelling, you can also apply an icepack on the outside of the jaw. In any case, you should definitely schedule a visit with us for an examination.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child’s Toothache.”