Root Canal: Process, Causes, Treatment and Care

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One in three people delay dental care, according to the 2013 Aspen Dental Cost of Delay Study. Delaying dental care unfortunately isn’t the cost-cutting method that many people envision, in fact, skipping annual dental visits or worse, ignoring signs of an oral health problem, can cost more since advanced buildup, decay and infection require more advanced treatments. A bad infection in a tooth that has reached the pulp, the innermost tissue at the center of a tooth, requires a root canal also known as endodontic therapy to repair the damage. There is a natural canal that is carved through the center of the tooth, a root canal is performed when the tissue inside that canal becomes infected or inflamed. A root canal is a treatment that is used to repair or save a tooth that is infected or severely decayed. During the procedure the dentist removes infected tissue from the pulp and reseals the tooth. If left untreated, an infected pulp can result in an abscess tooth which is a pus-filled infection at the tip of the root of a tooth. An untreated abscess can spread to other parts of the face, neck and body.

Reasons for a root canal and how a tooth becomes damaged

There are a number of reasons that a tooth becomes damaged enough to require a root canal to repair the harm. A crack or chip caused by trauma can split a tooth open and expose the pulp, leading to an overgrowth of bacteria that causes infection. Deep dental decay can also leave the pulp exposed. One of the biggest signs that a root canal is required is feeling pain that emanates from a tooth. Pain can range from mild to extreme, and can worsen with heat or cold or when biting down or chewing. Other signs that a tooth may require a root canal are swelling and tenderness in the gums, abscess, discoloration in the tooth and prolonged sensitivity.

Root canal procedure

Don’t wait to call your dentist if you feel pain or sensitivity in a tooth. Your dentist will first examine and x-ray the affected tooth. During the next step, the dentist will numb the area with local anesthetic and drill out the affected area using root canal files. Next, the dentist will flush out debris from the canal before sealing the tooth. The infected pulp must be removed or there is a risk of the infection continuing to spread and worsen. In cases of infection, the dentist may put medication inside the tooth to treat the infection and temporarily seal the tooth until the infection is gone. Once the pulp and infection have been completely removed, the dentist will seal the tooth permanently. Lastly, a tooth that is severely decayed or has weak enamel may require a crown or restoration to repair the tooth and its functions. After a root canal, you should be able to bite, chew and use the tooth normally. You may feel sensitivity or pain in the tooth in the few days following the procedure, in particular if you experienced pain or infection prior to treatment. Most patients are able to resume normal activities the next day after treatment. If you feel pain for longer than 1-2 days call your dentist to schedule a follow up.

You probably have a dental emergency and are in need of emergency dental care. At Urgency Dental USA, our local emergency rooms are equipped with emergency dentists that can provide you with prompt emergency dental care that suits your dental needs. We are one of the few dental clinics in the US that you will find still open after hours. If you are in Cockrell Hill, Irving or any city within Dallas, Texas,, you can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosters lasting relationships, for affordable financing, call today to book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

Oral Health Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

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In 2014, only 62% of adults under age 65 had visited the dentist in the past year. While preventative dental appointments every six months are important for keeping your mouth healthy, as well as for detecting the onset of issues, if you do feel or see an oral health issue it is important to visit your dentist immediately to seek treatment. Some such signs you shouldn’t ignore are swollen or bleeding gums (even light), tooth pain, plaque buildup, growths inside your mouth, or changes on the surface of your tongue. If you find that you experience these symptoms prepare to make an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible.

1. Swollen or bleeding gums

Any changes in color, swelling, bleeding or sensation in your gums is indicative of issues with your gum health. Even mild swelling that persists for several days or longer is a sign of an irritant trapped under the gums, or even more likely is the sign of early gum disease. Moreover, bleeding when you brush or floss, even a small bit, is a sign of early gum disease. Gum disease is dangerous for your oral health and your overall health, as many chronic illnesses have been linked to bacteria in the gums. Uncontrolled gum disease can develop into periodontitis that comes with oral health repercussions like gum recession, where the gum tissue pulls back away from the teeth and even eventual tooth loss. If you notice tenderness, swelling, bleeding or pain in your gums it is important to schedule an appointment for an exam with your dentist to talk about treatment.

2. Tooth pain

Feeling pain in one or more teeth isn’t something to ignore, and certainly won’t go away on its own. You may feel different degrees of pain; mild or moderate pain, throbbing pain, or pain with chewing or biting. There are several reasons for tooth pain, one of the most common being severe tooth decay that has reached the innermost nerve of the tooth. A tooth fracture, broken tooth or chipped tooth can also cause pain. Moreover, ill-fitting reconstructions like crowns, abscess tooth, infections and tooth grinding can all cause pain in teeth. No tooth pain is good pain; if your tooth hurts the first step is to call your dentist to make an appointment. The dentist will take x-rays and examine the area to determine the course of treatment. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics to treat any infection in the teeth or gums, and may recommend an over the counter pain reliever to lessen the pain and swelling that you feel. Depending on the cause of tooth pain, your dentist may recommend a number of treatments to resolve the underlying cause as well as ease pain so that you can go back to normal activities.

3. Plaque buildup

There are millions of bacteria in our mouths at all times, even with daily brushing and flossing. Plaque, simply put, is a sticky film on the surface of the teeth that is made up of bacteria. The waste byproduct produced by these bacteria is acidic and eats away at tooth enamel over time. If not removed with daily brushing and flossing, plaque begins to overgrow and cause enamel erosion, tooth decay and hardens into tartar that is attached to the enamel of the teeth and along the gum line. Excessive plaque can irritate the gums and cause gum disease, characterized by gums that are sore or bleed. If you notice white or colored buildup along your gum line that doesn’t disappear with normal brushing or flossing, it is time for a professional deep cleaning.

4. Growths inside your mouth

Oral cancer is one of the biggest and most silent killers, responsible for more than 10,000 deaths annually.While anyone can develop oral cancer, certain activities leave people more predisposed to develop this illness. Activities like tobacco use, smoking, frequent alcohol consumption, HPV, poor diet and genetics can all dictate a person’s likelihood of developing oral cancer. Some tale-tale signs of oral cancer include lesions, lumps or sores in the mouth that don’t heal after several days. Other signs also include unexplained bleeding, numbness in the mouth, pain or difficulty swallowing, pain in the mouth that persists and difficulty moving the mouth or jaw. Men are more likely than women to develop oral cancer, but both genders are at risk particularly if they engage in one or more high-risk factors. The best way to protect yourself from oral cancer is to have dental screenings every six months, as well as talk to your dentist about any high-risk activities that you partake in. Also, don’t ignore any changes in your oral health. Be aware of any growths, sensations or changes that alter your day-to-day functions like chewing, swallowing or eating.

5. Changes on your tongue

Your tongue is just as big of a part of your oral health and wellness as your teeth and gums. Be aware of any changes in color or texture of your tongue, which can be a signal of oral health abnormalities. One of the most common tongue illnesses is thrush, which is a yeast infection in the mouth and on the tongue, also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis. Thrush appears as white lesions on the tongue, sides of the mouth and back of the throat. Thrush happens when candida fungus grows uncontrolled; caused by stress, diabetes, HIV, cancer, dry mouth, hormonal changes, antibiotics and certain medications, or a weak immune system. Treating chronic health issues like HIV or diabetes can lessen the risk. Good oral health is important for maintaining the balance of bacteria in the mouth. Furthermore, your dentist can help treat thrush infections with antifungal medications. Good oral health is the number one way to keep oral bacteria under control. Brush and floss daily and visit the dentist twice a year for a professional exam and cleaning.

You probably have a dental emergency and are in need of emergency dental care. At Urgency Dental USA, our local emergency rooms are equipped with emergency dentists that can provide you with prompt emergency dental care that suits your dental needs. We are one of the few dental clinics in the US that you will find still open after hours. If you are in Cockrell Hill, Irving or any city within Dallas, Texas,, you can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosters lasting relationships, for affordable financing, call today to book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

Tooth Extractions: When Do You Need to Remove a Tooth?

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When a tooth becomes infected, damaged or heavily decayed and cannot be restored, the best course of treatment is often a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. This treatment is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon, and requires care afterwards to ensure proper healing.

Why would you need a tooth pulled?

Extractions are needed when a tooth is badly decayed, damaged, infected or has experienced trauma and cannot be repaired through a restorative procedure. A tooth cannot remain in the mouth if it is severely decayed, for risk of the infection worsening or spreading to other teeth. Similarly, it’s best to remove a tooth that has experienced extreme trauma or damage.

Types of tooth extractions and what to expect

There are two types of tooth extractions: simple extraction and surgical extraction. For both types of extractions, the dentist will numb the area around the extraction site and the procedure is virtually painless, although many patient report feeling pressure during the treatment. Aftercare is extremely important for proper healing, pain management, and to reduce the risk of infection.

Simple tooth extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible above the gum line. The tooth is loosened using a tool called an elevator, and then the dentist pulls the tooth from the socket using forceps. A simple extraction is needed for a number of reasons, most commonly due to tooth decay, crowding or trauma.

Surgical tooth extraction is needed when teeth are impacted tooth (has not erupted above the gum line), a tooth is broken below the gum line or must be removed in pieces, or in case where a tooth is so severely decayed to the point that forceps cannot be used to remove the tooth from the socket. A surgical extraction is also needed in more complicated cases of entangled or curved roots, when the bone around a tooth is dense, or when the roots of a tooth are long.

Wisdom tooth extraction

Tens of thousands if not more wisdom teeth removal surgeries are performed each year. Wisdom teeth are removed often because they can cause damage to the other teeth, the mouth simply does not have enough room, or because they can push the other teeth out of alignment. Wisdom teeth can also cause pain and discomfort as they shift, push into the other teeth or begin to erupt in mouth, although many patients who need a wisdom tooth extraction may never feel any discomfort from the teeth.

Whether or not wisdom teeth removal is necessary depends on a patient’s particular case. The dentist will take a series of x-rays to determine the positioning and movement of the teeth. In cases where wisdom teeth are causing irritation, disruption of daily activities, or pain, it’s best to remove the teeth. Similarly, if a patient is experiencing changes in bite, alignment or impacts to other teeth, the dentist will likely remove the teeth.

Many adults and adolescents may never develop wisdom teeth, or the teeth may be impacted below the gum line and will not grow in. Oddly, not everyone is born with all 4 wisdom teeth, some people are born with only 2-3 and others never develop the teeth at all. In fact, 35% of people are born without wisdom teeth.

How long does pain from an extraction last?

It is not uncommon for pain from an extraction to last for several days up to a week or even lasting two weeks. Swelling, jaw pain, stiffness or soreness are also all common complaints from patients who’ve had one or more teeth extracted. Be wary of pain that worsens over several days, which can be a sign of infection or dry socket. Proper care to ensure healing is important for reducing complications that can cause further pain. It’s recommended to stop smoking while healing from an extraction, as well as observing post-extraction care instructions that can keep the socket from developing dry socket or becoming infected. You may take over-the-counter pain relievers or your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory pain medication to ease discomfort.

What is dry socket?

Dry socket is a condition that only affects about 2%-5% of patients who have teeth extracted. Despite the low occurrence, pain and complications stemming from dry socket are serious and proper precautions must be observed to prevent the condition. In essence, dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms in the socket where the tooth was removed becomes dislodged, exposing the raw bone and nerves. Dry socket can occur up to several days after an extraction.

Causes of dry socket include:

  • Smoking
  • Repeated spitting or rinsing
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • History of dry socket during previous extractions

Signs of a dry socket include severe or worsened pain several days after an extraction, visually the socket will appear whitish (indicating exposed bone) versus the dark blood clot, bad breath, unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth, and pain radiating to your ear.

Do teeth grow back or regenerate?

First things first, permanent (adult) teeth do not grow back once they have been removed, extracted or lost. Likewise, decayed teeth will not reestablish shape and function naturally without a treatment such as a filling, root canal, crown, filling, etc. performed by the dentist, and this is IF they are in the condition to be restored. Similarly, cavities and tooth decay need professional care, and cannot be healed through tooth brushing or flossing. If you are in need of a tooth extraction your dentist will work to alleviate pain Once a permanent tooth (such as a molar) has been extracted, the dentist will likely recommend a replacement such as an implant, bridge or dentures to fill the space left by the missing tooth. Spaces from missing teeth left unfilled can cause teeth to shift and misalign, hence the need for a dental restoration.

Aftercare: How to manage extraction recovery

Managing care after a tooth extraction is extremely important to ensure proper healing. Follow these important steps following a tooth extraction:

  • Use pain relievers as prescribed by your doctor
  • Bite firmly on the gauze pad placed by your dentist, and replace the gauze once it is soaked in blood.
  • Apply an ice pack to the area to minimize swelling
  • Relax and avoid strenuous activity for at least one or two days or longer, until you start to feel better
  • Avoid spitting or rinsing for the first 24 hours, and also avoid drinking from straws to allow a blood clot to form in the socket.
  • Resume normal dental care the day following an extraction, however avoid brushing over the extraction site.
  • Avoid smoking, which can inhibit healing
  • Eat soft foods and gradually add firmer foods once the site begins to heal
  • Prop your head up when lying down

When to call the dentist:

  • Severe bleeding for more than 4 hours after the removal
  • Signs of infection, such as fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Swelling, redness or discharge from the area
  • If the blood clot becomes dislodged
How long does it take for an extraction to heal?

Healing is dependent on several factors including the complexity of the extraction, poor oral health or infection, smoking, Generally, the gum tissue can take anywhere from 3-4 weeks to heal, and the bone can take up to 6 months.

What to eat after a tooth extraction

Soft, creamy or liquid (eaten without a straw) foods are best after an extraction. Avoid eating on the side where a tooth was extracted. Tip: Many patients report that cold foods such as ice cream are soothing on the extraction site. Here is a list of recommended foods to eat after a tooth or wisdom tooth extraction:

  • Ice cream
  • Soup – cool or warm, not hot
  • Smoothies – without a straw
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Apple sauce
  • Pudding
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soft cooked pasta
  • Cool, flat drinks such as water, Gatorade, milk or juice

Foods to avoid for at least 1 week after an extraction or longer until proper healing has occurred:

  • Spicy or acidic foods
  • Crunchy or hard snacks
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Chips
  • Anything tough to chew such as meat
  • Carbonated drinks
Can I smoke after an extraction?

For proper healing, do not smoke for at least 10 days after a tooth extraction or until the site is healed. Smoking can impede the healing process and also puts you at a higher risk for developing dry socket. For more details contact your dentist.

You probably have a dental emergency and are in need of emergency dental care. At Urgency Dental USA, our local emergency rooms are equipped with emergency dentists that can provide you with prompt emergency dental care that suits your dental needs. We are one of the few dental clinics in the US that you will find still open after hours. If you are in Cockrell Hill, Irving or any city within Dallas, Texas,, you can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosters lasting relationships, for affordable financing, call today to book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

5 Facts About Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Treatment

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Do you feel an almost painful chill in your teeth as you enjoy a lick of an ice cream cone? You’re not alone! Among one of the most common complaints from dental patients is tooth sensitivity. In fact one out of eight adults suffer from sensitive teeth regularly. There are a number of factors that can cause teeth to become sensitive.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

In general, sensitivity across all or most teeth can stem from weakened enamel or from exposure of the roots of the teeth. Sensitivity originating from only one tooth can signal a crack, fracture or decay in the tooth. Sensitivity can also follow a dental procedure like a filling or crown, or a restoration that has become broken, lose or missing. One of the most common reasons that people feel sensitivity is because of receding gums or gum disease, both which leave the sensitive roots of the teeth exposed. Moreover, activities such as brushing too hard or eating acidic foods can weaken enamel and cause sensitivity. Tooth grinding (bruxism) also wears down the surface of the teeth and enamel. Teeth whitening is a common cause of sensitivity because the product also can affect the dentin of the teeth and can rub off on the gums.

Why are teeth sensitive all of a sudden?

There are a variety of reasons that teeth can become sensitive “all of a sudden”, starting with whether the sensitivity is emanating from one tooth or several. When tooth sensitivity arises suddenly, the point of origin defines the cause and treatment for the sensation. Professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening procedures are a big culprit of sensitive teeth because these products can temporarily cause teeth to feel sensitive. A broken or lose crown or filling can cause instant tooth sensitivity. Sudden sensitivity can also be triggered by stress or constant clenching or tooth grinding.

Teeth sensitivity to hot or cold

Often teeth will feel normal until eating or drinking something hot or cold, during which you may notice a chill, shooting sensation or sensitivity through the teeth. Sensitivity to both hot and cold temperature is common and can happen when the enamel of the tooth is thin enough for the dentin inside the tooth to be exposed. A loose crown or filling can also create sensitivity.

How to whiten sensitive teeth

Can you whiten sensitive teeth? Yes, but gently. Whitening products can cause temporary teeth sensitivity. Applying a desensitizing gel can help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by sensitive teeth. For the time that you are using the whitening products avoid foods and drinks with sugar, acid or color since the tooth enamel is already in a compromised state. Moreover, always follow proper instructions while using any at-home whitening and be sure not to over-use or abuse products. Talk with your dentist about the use of whitening products at your next visit, he or she can create- custom whitening trays or can recommend a gentle whitening product that suits your oral health.

How to treat sensitive teeth

Diagnosis of the cause is the only way to properly treat the symptoms. Your dentist will help determine the cause of the sensitivity, first through examination and x-rays. If you are experiencing sensitivity because of a topical issue such as overly-consuming acidic foods and drinks, or use of whitening products it may be advised to ease off of these activities. Treatment for clenching or grinding the teeth can vary. Drinking high levels of caffeine can cause grinding or clenching, so your dentist may advise cutting back on stimulants. Stress-management techniques such as breathing, therapy, yoga or meditation can help alleviate physical manifestations of stress (such as teeth grinding). Wearing a mouth guard overnight can help reduce impact and protect the surface of the teeth from grinding.

You probably have a dental emergency and are in need of emergency dental care. At Urgency Dental USA, our local emergency rooms are equipped with emergency dentists that can provide you with prompt emergency dental care that suits your dental needs. We are one of the few dental clinics in the US that you will find still open after hours. If you are in Cockrell Hill, Irving or any city within Dallas, Texas,, you can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosters lasting relationships, for affordable financing, call today to book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

5 Best Foods for Your Teeth

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In addition to brushing and flossing daily, preventative care and treating dental issues as they arise, eating healthy foods is another very important way to keep the teeth and gums healthy.

Check out these best foods for your dental health:
  • Carrots: Carrots contain vitamins A and C. They also scrub the teeth and tongue, but only when raw and not dipped in sugary substances. Roasting vegetables has been found to increase their acidity, which can eat away at tooth enamel.
  • Salmon: Studies show that the fatty acids (Omega 3s) found in salmon can help the treatment of Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also known as gum disease, causes inflammation of the gums, causing them to separate from the tooth.
  • Spinach: Spinach and other leafy greens contain vitamins A and C, beta carotene, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, every one of which supports healthy teeth and gums. Leafy green vegetables are high in calcium, which helps build tooth enamel!
  • Yogurt: Yogurt commonly contains lactobacillus or bifidus, good bacteria, which are believed to reduce the numbers of bad bacteria in saliva, as well as support digestion. When choosing a yogurt, be sure that it is plain with no added sugars!
  • Cheese: Dentistry researchers found that after consuming cheddar cheese the pH level increased inside the mouth, creating a hostile environment for cavity-causing bacteria.

You probably have a dental emergency and are in need of emergency dental care. At Urgency Dental USA, our local emergency rooms are equipped with emergency dentists that can provide you with prompt emergency dental care that suits your dental needs. We are one of the few dental clinics in the US that you will find still open after hours. If you are in Cockrell Hill, Irving or any city within Dallas, Texas,, you can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosters lasting relationships, for affordable financing, call today to book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

What Dentists Don’t Tell You About Toothache

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Our oral health weighs heavily upon our self esteem. Many are afraid to go see an emergency dentist because they feel, “What will the dentist think about me?” Ever wondered what may be going through your dentist’s mind while you’re on the chair? After asking a few dentists around, we decided to compile their thoughts.

  1. The Germs Didn’t Come From Your Toothbrush – You were probably feeling guilty because you think those germ zappers and UV germ-annihilation devices were worth buying after all but you didn’t buy them and so the germs came from your un-sanitized toothbrush. Dentists are saying that’s a non-issue. The germs don’t live in your toothbrush. Read the next one to find out what causes infections.
  2. Ditch Tongue Piercings – Bacterial infection can come from the seemingly fashionable tongue piercing trend. The buccal cavity is always moist and contains bacteria which help to break down food. The buccal cavity should be left alone except for cleaning activities. Any opening made in the buccal cavity where an opening should not be will only create room for bacteria to thrive and cause infections.
  3. Invasive Buccal Procedures Could Cause Serious Health Complications – Medical procedures that invade the natural structure of the mouth (like an emergency tooth extraction or root canal treatment), even though they are meant for good, do have the potential to cause long-term illnesses. Often patients may never show any symptoms of a complication for a long time, and so when the complication does become obvious no one will connect it to the failure of the area to heal properly after the procedure was performed. And this is why you should always endeavor to seek out a dentist for emergency dental care when you feel toothache. Don’t wait till it gets extreme.
  4. Teeth Bleaching Wears Off The Enamel – Those UV whiteners (or any other extreme whiteners) used in modern-day cosmetic dentistry? Yes, those. They attack the enamel which is supposed to be a covering for your teeth to help your teeth fight against bacteria and micro cavities. When the enamel is stripped off, your teeth are left bare to the mercy (or mercilessness) of the acids formed from the breakdown of food in your mouth. This way, cavities are easier to form.
  5. Wisdom Teeth Aren’t A Danger……Yet  – Many dentists tell their patients that they should have their wisdom teeth pulled so as to avoid misalignment issues from impacted wisdom teeth. However, the dentists we spoke to suggest to wait and let the wisdom teeth actually develop on its own. Whatever complications arise during the development of the wisdom teeth can then be tackled. Often we find that there is no cause for alarm and the wisdom tooth/teeth isn’t causing any trouble at all.
  6. More Anesthetic May Be Required For Some People – People’s mouths are different due to genetics and certain life habits. Some people may need more anesthetic before a procedure. This may be why some people are screaming on the chair while receiving emergency dental care. That dentist probably thinks the patient is just being paranoid or dramatic, but this isn’t always the case. Feel like you need more anesthetic? Don’t feel bad, just say so.

There are very few emergency dental care centers in the US that will be open after hours. Do you have a dental emergency? Maybe you’ve developed pain in the wee hours of the night on a flight and you’re searching, “Where to find emergency dental care USA?”.Look no further!Welcome to Urgency Dental USA!We have local emergency rooms with emergency dentists that can provide you with prompt emergency dental care. If you have a dental emergency say in Las Colinasor even in the most unlikely places like at the DFW airport, we are the nearest to you, located at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosters lasting relationships, for affordable care, call us now and book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

Home Remedies For Toothache?

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The best recommendation for a throbbing, pounding toothache due to an irritation of the nerve endings at the root of the affected tooth is to immediately see an emergency dentist for emergency dental care. But you can also use these home remedies to bring you some temporary relief before you get to see the dentist. While some of these home remedies may work a little, you must be diligent to go see an emergency dentist ASAP because only a dentist can determine the root cause of the toothache to provide informed and lasting treatment.

Salt WaterGargle

Salt water cleanses and loosens debris. Stir1 tablespoon of kitchen salt intoa glass of warm water, and then rinse or gargle repeatedly for about 30 seconds at a time before spitting out. This will help to pull out the nerve-irritating fluids from the affected gums and thus lessen the pain.

To use these oils, dab a small amount of any of them onto a cotton swabor cotton ball. Then apply to the affected area. You can dilute the oil with a few drops of a carrier oil, like olive oil. You can also mix with water and use to rinse your mouth. Do this repeatedly within the day.

Using Garlic

Garlic contains a chemical known as allicin which contains an antibiotic that hinders the growth of bacteria. Crush the garlic, make a paste with a bit of salt added into it, and apply to the affected area. Or you can chew on the garlic cloves.

Using Peppermint Teabags, PeppermintLeavesOrPeppermintExtract

Peppermint reduces soreness and swelling. You can chew on the leaves. If the leaves are dry, just holding them inside your mouth in the painful area can help. You can apply a cooled wet teabag to the affected area to numb the throbbing area for about 20-30 minutes. You can also swish some cold peppermint tea in your mouth for a few minutes.

Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, and because of its acidic nature it can also hinder the growth of bacteria. Just soak a cotton swab or cotton ball in some apple cider vinegar and apply to the affected tooth.

Using IceOrColdCompress

Cold signals sent to the brain can override the pain signals going to the brain from your toothache. A cold compress also constricts swollen blood vessels in the area. So, wrap an ice cube in a plastic bag or in a thin cloth and place it gently on the throbbing area (on the cheek over the aching tooth) to relieve pain befit you make it to the emergency dentist for emergency dental care,.

Using HydrogenPeroxide

Are you also experiencing feverish conditions along with the toothache? Kill the bacteria with a mouthful of about 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Swish, spit out and rinse with clean water. This will help relieve pain and inflammation. It is proven to be more effective than saline solution.

You probably have a dental emergency and are in need of emergency dental care. At Urgency Dental USA, our local emergency rooms are equipped with emergency dentiststhat can provide you with prompt emergency dental carethat suits your dental needs. We are one of the few dental clinics in the US that you will find still open after hours. If you are in Cockrell Hill, Irving or any city within Dallas, Texas,, you can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosters lasting relationships, for affordable financing, call today to book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

What Really Causes Toothache?

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The pain from toothache can be felt in the bones of the bead and neck. The pain could be dull, nonetheless present. The pain could also be sharp, throbbing and piercing, and usually necessitates you to seek the services of an emergency dentist. Toothache drastically alters your normal joyful routine. There are several reasons behind a nagging toothache.

Tooth Decay And Cavities

Dental cavities(caries or holes in the teeth) are occasioned by tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene leads to tooth decay. Food debris stays in the mouth and between the teeth. The bacteria in our mouths break these foods down to acids which, when combined with saliva and sugary or starchy foods, becomes the plaque that sticks to your teeth. The acid in the plaque attacks your teeth, creating micro cavities. You feel the pain when the cavities have worn through the enamel and the pit is deep enough to reach the dentin. Your teeth become acutely sensitive to certain foods. In such a situation, you should seek emergency dental care.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom teeth are the farthest, most posterior teeth in the upper and lower jaws at either side of the mouth (dental arch). When wisdom teeth fail to erupt normally through the gums, they remain buried under the gingival tissue and even push against neighboring teeth at an odd angle so that other teeth become misaligned. When this happens, the wisdom teeth are said to be impacted and this can cause severe pain. If wisdom teeth are compromising the general oral health, then an emergency tooth extraction is quite pertinent. In such a situation, you should seek emergency dental care.

Tooth Abscess

This condition exists when cavities from tooth decay are neglected and not taken for emergency dental care. Cavities left untreated permit bacteria to invade and multiply right inside the pulp chamber where you find blood vessels and nerves, leading to pulpitis. The infection spreads to the root canal in the bones. The white blood cells and tissue die from the infection, forming white pus known as the abscess. Pain felt is usually pulsating and keeps you up at night. You must immediately consult an emergency dentist for emergency dental care to reverse the pulpitis or an emergency tooth extraction.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism is a bad dental habit. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, especially at night when asleep, can cause toothache. This toothache can further develop into two conditions namely:

  • Occlusal trauma (which is a progressive injury inflicted on the teeth);
  • Chipped teeth;
  • Temporomandibular (TMD) disorder or TemporomandibularJoint(TMJ) syndrome,which is the clicking or popping of the jaw and/or localized pain in the joint that connects your skull to your jaw.

Do you have a dental emergency? Maybe you’re wondering, “Where can I get emergency tooth extraction near me?”.At Urgency Dental USA, we have local emergency rooms withemergency dentiststhat can provide you with prompt emergency dental care that suits your dental needs. We are one of the few dental clinics in the US that you will find still open after hours. If you are in Euless, Las Colinas, Irving or any city with in Dallas,Texas, you can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061.For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that fosterslasting relationships, for affordable financing, call today. You can book a same-day appointment with us. Don’t wait, relieve your pain now!

Why You Should Treat Toothache Immediately

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There are different kinds of toothaches and therefore different tooth problems. Each type may have different sources. We can never over stress the point that you must have an emergency dentist address the problem ASAP, reason being that the toothache and the causative problem will affect your life and your body adversely in many ways. Let’s look at the adverse effects of untreated toothache.

Adverse Effects Of Untreated Toothache

The pain from toothache is unbearable enough. Pain is always a symptom of a moreserious problem. Please, don’t be misled when toothache seems to lessen or cease a bit. Toothache never permanently goes away without treatment and that’s because our teeth do not have the capacity to heal themselves (unlike other parts of the body). Fear is one of the reasons why people decline to see a dentist. But what if you knew about the complications that could arise from untreated toothache?

Ø  Periapical Tooth Abscess

A cavity could be painless when it’s not deep. If a cavity reaches the dentin, you start to feel pain. If you “manage” through life with that, the cavity keeps deepening till it reaches the dental pulp. Here,it could get infected with bacteria. The cavity then becomes a pocket filled with foul smelling salty pus that is a mixture of dead tissue, bacteria and blood. Pain becomes extreme. The abscess may rupture and the nerves around the area may die, causing pain to lessen temporarily.But the pocket will fill up again and the infection will spread into the buccal space, causing profound swelling in the face and neck with feverish conditions. It is important to remember that abscesses never go away without treatment. And so you must immediately seek emergency dental care for a painful cavity from our emergency dentist. The dentist may be able to apply root canal treatment or other treatment to save the tooth. However, in the case of an advanced abscess, you will need an emergency tooth extraction.

Ø  Mediastinitis

Mediastinitis is a life-threatening lung infection. It carries such a high mortality rate that it is best prevented. It is a bacterial inflammation of the space between the lungs (akamediastinum). It could be acute or progressive. The mediastinum is the area where you find organs like the heart, the trachea, the esophagus, the aorta etc. Untreated periapical abscess (amongother bacterialinfections) could develop into chronic mediastinitis and damage these organs and tissue severely. This is why you should always contact an emergency dentist for emergency dental care as soon as you are aware of toothache.

You may find yourself in a dental emergency on a weekend with Monday barely hours away, and may ask, “Can I find a dentist open on Sunday near me?” At Urgency Dental USA, we are open all day, every day. We have local emergency rooms with emergency dentists that can provide you with prompt emergency dental care for your dental needs. If you happen to be in Addison, Grand Prairie, or Carrol. lt on or any city within Dallas, Texas, we are just within reach! You can visit us at 1335 N Belt Line Rd Suite 13, Irving, TX 75061. For a restored smile, for improved oral health, for a professional touch that leads to lasting relationships, for affordable care, call us now. You can book a same-day appointment with us. If you need emergency dental care, don’t wait, relieve your pain now!