Do you know the signs that may indicate you might need root canal therapy? Our Grand Forks, ND, dentists, Drs. Roger and Scott Amundson, explain a few things that may happen if you can benefit from the therapy.
Signs and symptoms
Root canals are procedures used to remove inflamed or infected pulp from teeth. The pulp, composed of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels, fills the center of your tooth and the canals that extend into the roots. Infections or inflammations can occur if you have extensive tooth decay, recently injured your tooth or have a crack that allowed bacteria to enter your tooth. Root canals are more likely to be needed if a tooth has already had more than one dental procedure.
It's not always easy to tell if you need a root canal. Some signs and symptoms are subtle and can be confused with other dental issues. Pain, a common complaint, can be a symptom of a toothache or an inflammation or infection. Luckily, it's easy to determine which is responsible with a visit to our Grand Forks office.
Pain can be constant or may stop for a little while and then come back. It's not always a good sign when pain stops. In fact, it may mean that nerves in the pulp have died.
If you need a root canal, you may notice that your teeth have suddenly become more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Eating or drinking hot or cold beverages or foods can cause pain that lasts 30 minutes or longer. You may also notice an increase in pain if you press lightly on your tooth.
Although the inflammation or infection occurs deep inside your tooth, it can cause visible changes to your tooth and gums. Sometimes, teeth in need of a root canal become darker than surrounding teeth. The infection or inflammation may also irritate your gums, causing them to redden and swell.
If you have severe pain and don't feel well, you may have developed an abscess in your tooth. Abscesses are caused by bacterial infections and require immediate emergency treatment. Abscess symptoms can include swollen lymph nodes, fever or pus around your tooth.
Protect your dental health with root canal therapy. Call our Grand Forks, ND, dentists, Drs. Roger and Scott Amundson, at (701) 772-0171 to schedule an appointment.
Are you noticing bleeding gums after you floss? You could have gum disease.
Besides visiting our Grand Forks, ND, dentists, Dr. Roger Amundson and Dr. Scott Amundson, every six months for dental cleanings, it’s imperative that you maintain good oral hygiene between visits. This is the best way to maintain a healthy smile and to protect teeth and gums from decay and periodontal disease. If you are noticing changes to your gums you may be wondering if it’s the result of gum disease. Let’s find out!
There are three different stages of gum disease:
- Gum disease
- Advanced gum disease
Gum disease is the result of plaque that has remained on teeth long enough to harden into tartar. When tartar isn’t removed (which is common if you don’t visit your Grand Forks general dentist every six months for cleanings) the bacteria that is present within the mouth causes gum inflammation.
Gingivitis is the earliest and mildest form of gum disease but it can be reversed if you seek proper dental care. This is why it’s important that you continue to come in twice a year for cleanings and exams. After all, not everyone will experience symptoms of gum disease.
However, if you are noticing any changes or symptoms in the health of your gums and you are worried you might have gum disease then you may be experiencing these symptoms:
- Swollen, inflamed and red gums
- Gums that are tender, particularly when chewing
- Gums that bleed often and easily
- Gums that are receding from the teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth (common in more advanced stages of gum disease)
Don’t ignore these symptoms if they are happening to you. Even if the problem isn’t caught while it’s still reversible this doesn’t mean that there aren’t treatments out there that could return your gums back to a healthier state. Scaling and root planing, a professional deep dental cleaning, is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and to prevent the regrowth of bacteria under the gums and the roots of the teeth. If you maintain good oral hygiene, one scaling and root planing session may be all you need to get your gums back on track.
If you are experiencing any problems or you have any concerns about your oral health it’s important that you call our Grand Forks, ND, dental office today. We would be happy to address your issues and answer any questions you might have.
Water fluoridation is safe, effective and healthy. Seventy years of research, thousands of studies and the experience of more than 210 million Americans tell us that water fluoridation is effective in preventing cavities and is safe for children and adults.
Communities fluoridate their water supply because it is a cost-effective public health method that helps prevent cavities. The average cost per year for U.S. communities to fluoridate the water ranges from $.50 per person for large communities to $3.00 per person for small communities.
Cavities are caused by a disease called "caries," which is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hayfever in 5-to-17-year-olds. The pain from untreated cavities can cause people to lose sleep, have trouble eating, speaking and paying attention at school or work.
A report from the U.S. Surgeon General in 2000 estimated that 51 million school hours are lost per year because of dental-related illness. Without water fluoridation, that number would likely be much higher.
The American Dental Association (ADA) supports community water fluoridation as the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. Studies prove water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing dental decay by at least 25% in children and adults, even in the of era widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste.
The ADA, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization and many others support fluoridation of community water supplies. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cited community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century (along with vaccinations, infectious disease control and motor vehicle safety).
So, by simply drinking fluoridated water, you are doing something good for your oral health.
What is water fluoridation?
Community water fluoridation is simply the addition of fluoride to drinking water to increase the natural fluoride level up to the recommended level that helps prevent cavities. Almost 75 percent of the U.S. population is served by fluoridated community water systems as of 2012.
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