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By Advanced Dental Arts
July 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   dental injuries  

If you regularly participate in sports or other physical activity, you’re at a higher risk for dental injuries. While chipped teeth are the most common result of these injuries, a few may result in more serious trauma — dislodged, cracked or knocked out teeth. In these cases, the core of the tooth — the pulp — and the root may have been damaged. Saving the tooth may require endodontic treatment and possibly the expertise of a specialist in the field, an endodontist.

Endodontics, from the Greek words for “within” and “tooth,” is a specialty of dentistry that treats disease or damage affecting the inner parts of a tooth, particularly the pulp chamber, the root canals, and the root. While all dentists are trained in endodontic procedures, an endodontist has advanced training, experience and specialized equipment to address complex cases.

The type of endodontic treatment needed for an injured tooth will depend on the extent of damage. A mature, permanent tooth with pulp damage, for example, may require a root canal treatment. In this procedure the pulp chamber and root canals are thoroughly cleaned out, and then are filled with a special filling to prevent any future infection. Later the tooth should be crowned to permanently seal it. Although a general dentist may perform a root canal, more complex cases, such as a tooth with an extensive root canal network, may need to be performed by an endodontist using microscopic equipment.

A tooth that has undergone severe trauma, especially a knocked out tooth, will need extensive follow-up care by a general dentist and possibly an endodontist to improve its chances of long-term survival. Because of the severity, the tooth may lose viability and the body ultimately may begin to reject it. For this reason, the tooth should be monitored on a regular basis and may need further treatment from time to time, even up to five years after the injury.

One final word: if you participate in sports or exercise activity, you can significantly reduce your risk of dental injury with a mouthguard. There are various types, but the best protection is one custom designed to fit the specific contours of your mouth. We’ll be glad to advise you further on how to protect your teeth from injury.

If you would like more information on dental injury prevention and treatment, 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 “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth.”

By Advanced Dental Arts
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Could your smile be trying to tell you that you need root canal treatment?root canal

Ouch! Your tooth really hurts. But what could be going on? While a toothache is a pretty big warning sign that something is wrong, our Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, is here to tell you more about the classic symptoms that might be trying to tell you that you need root canal treatment.

It’s important to note that not all symptoms are the same for everyone who needs this endodontic treatment. Symptoms can vary in type and severity, so you shouldn’t ignore any changes that might be going on with your teeth or gums.

The first most common and classic sign that those who need root canal treatment experience is dental pain. The pain is often intense and comes on quickly. The tooth may also be extremely sensitive to chewing or biting. A toothache is a dental emergency and needs to be treated by our Oakville general dentist as soon as possible to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Along with pain and sensitivity, you may also notice that the gums surrounding the tooth are tender, swollen, and red. Pus may even form around the tooth (this is known as an abscess). Pus is a telltale sign that an infection has set in.

When you give us a call let us know the symptoms you are facing so that we can determine whether this is a problem that needs to be addressed the same day or if you can wait a day or two for an appointment. We will ask you questions regarding the pain’s location, severity and onset to figure out the best course of action.

It’s also important to recognize that dental pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to undergo root canal treatment. Of course, it does mean something is going on. It might be decay or a crack in the tooth. Whatever the case might be, the minute you experience dental pain you need to come in for an immediate evaluation. The sooner we handle this problem the better it will be for your oral health.

Don’t let dental pain or other issues affect your oral health and your daily life. Our Oakville, MO, family dentist is here to provide you with the emergency dental care you need whenever you need it. Call Advanced Dental Arts anytime!

By Advanced Dental Arts
April 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful and time-consuming. However, this reputation is simply a myth. In actuality, root root canalcanals are a painless, necessary dental procedure that can help save your tooth from extraction. Your Oakville, MO dentist is here to help you bust these common root canal myths and more.

How can a root canal save my tooth? 
When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, the options are to remove the decay and preserve the tooth using a root canal or to remove the tooth entirely. While tooth extraction is effective in removing the decay, it also removes the tooth itself. This comes along with the side effects of a missing tooth: the surrounding teeth moving to compensate for the gap, bone atrophy and a misaligned bite which could make chewing difficult. A root canal keeps your tooth’s natural structure intact, avoiding these problems.

Do I need a root canal? 
The number one sign that you may need a root canal is a toothache. A painful tooth often means that the tooth’s nerve has become damaged. This can be from decay eating through the tooth into the inner pulp chamber or from trauma which exposes or damages the nerve. Your Oakville dentist can help you determine if a root canal is the best treatment for you.

What can I expect at my root canal procedure? 
The first step to a root canal procedure is administering local anesthetic to numb the entire work area. This means you should not feel any pain at all. If you do, alert your dentist so he or she can remedy the problem. Your dentist makes a small access hole in the top of the tooth. The decayed or damaged pulp and nerve are removed from the tooth using special tools. After cleaning and sterilizing the inside of the tooth, a filling material fills the tooth to preserve its natural structure and prevent further decay. Most root canals require a dental crown to protect the tooth. Since a dental laboratory needs time to fabricate the crown, your dentist usually affixes the crown to your tooth at a second appointment.

How can I avoid needing a root canal in the future? 
Most root canals are required due to heavy decay damaging the tooth’s inner pulp and nerve. A strong at-home oral care routine is the easiest way to prevent tooth decay. Brush twice a day, splitting your mouth into quadrants and brushing each one for 30 seconds. Make sure to switch your toothbrush for a new one when it starts showing signs of wear. Floss at least once a day using fresh floss for each quadrant of your mouth. See your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO. Call (314) 892 -2120 to schedule your appointment for a root canal today!