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By Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Root Canal  

Tooth PainA few warning signs usually occur before trouble strikes. Your refrigerator makes strange clunking sounds weeks before it breaks down, or the water in the kitchen sink looks rusty before the pipe begins to leak. Your teeth may also send you a few signals that something's not quite right. The warning signs may occur if you need a root canal, a procedure used to treat inflammations and infections in your tooth pulp. Our Norwich, CT, dentist, Dr. Edward Yates, helps patients keep their smiles in good condition with root canals and other dental treatments.

What are root canals?

Root canals are used to remove the pulp in the center of your tooth. Your tooth is thoroughly cleaned after the pulp is removed, including the narrow root canals that extend from the top of your tooth into the roots. Although the bulk of the therapy is completed in the first visit, you'll need to return to your Norwich dentist's office about a week later to replace your temporary filling with a permanent one. Root canals are performed using local anesthetics to ensure that pain isn't an issue.

Do I need a root canal?

If you need a root canal, you may notice a few of these symptoms:

  • A Toothache: Pain in a tooth can be severe if you have an inflammation or infection, but that's not always the case. The pain may be nothing more than an annoyance in the early stages. Whether your pain is mild or severe, it's always a good idea to visit the dentist to determine if your symptoms are caused by a cavity, an inflammation, infection, loose filling, or another issue.
  • Pain at Mealtimes: Have you noticed that your pain gets worse when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages? Pain that occurs with meals can be a sign that you need a root canal. Eating can also be an unpleasant experience if chewing increases your pain.
  • Changes in Your Mouth: You may notice that your tooth or gum looks a little different if you need a root canal. Darkening of your tooth or a swollen, red gum can be root canal warning signs.
  • Dental Abscess Symptoms: Pain accompanied by a fever may be a sign that you have a dental abscess. The bacterial infection can also cause facial swelling, a bump on your gum or swollen lymph nodes. Abscesses require immediate treatment with antibiotics and a root canal.

Protect your smile with root canal therapy. Call our Norwich, CT, dentist, Dr. Yates, at (860) 889-6445 to schedule your appointment.

Isn’t it about time you discovered what your tooth replacement options are?Tooth Loss

While tooth loss happens to many adults, it doesn’t make the issue any less serious. You may just want to sweep the problem under the rug but this isn’t a good idea if you value your oral health. Our Norwich, CT, implant dentist, Dr. Edward Yates, is here to provide some information on the different treatment options you have to help you make a more informed decision about your tooth loss options.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a great restoration if you need to replace one or more missing teeth that are right in a row. A dental bridge uses two dental crowns, which are designed to fit over natural healthy teeth nearby to support the false tooth or teeth in the middle. A bridge will fill the gap left over by your missing teeth and fill it with false teeth that are made to look just like natural teeth.

Who should consider a dental bridge: If the rest of your teeth are strong and healthy then a bridge may be a simple approach to treating your tooth loss. Our Norwich general dentist will need to make sure that neighboring teeth are healthy enough to support crowns. Bridges also offer a rather economical price tag for those on a budget.

Dentures

If you have extensive tooth loss and are looking for a quick, easy way to replace your missing teeth then you may want to ask us about dentures. While dentures have been around for quite a while there is a reason people still rely on them time and time again. Getting dentures is easy and quick compared to other options. Of course, even with the advancements in dental technology, dentures can still shift around and move around while speaking or chewing (which can be frustrating for the wearer).

Who should consider dentures: If you are on a tight budget and need to replace all or most of your teeth, a quick and efficient way is through dentures. It’s also important to keep in mind that dentures aren’t meant to function just like real teeth so it can take several weeks to get used to your new restoration.

Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, implants can be a great option for you. Implants are small metal screws or posts that are placed into the jawbone, where they fuse together with bone and tissue to become a long-term replacement for your missing tooth or teeth. If you want a restoration that could last you a very long time then implants are your best option.

Who should consider implants: If you have good oral and general health, if you aren’t pregnant or planning to become pregnant during your treatment, if you are a non-smoking adult then implants may be the best choice for you.

Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, CT, is ready to restore your smile. Call our office today and book a visit with us. Let’s sit down and discuss your tooth replacement options as soon as possible.