My Dentistry Blog
Posts for: May, 2020
Root canal therapy helps you avoid tooth loss and end your pain. Could a root canal help you? Your Glenview, IL, dentists, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group can help determine what is causing your tooth pain. These signs and symptoms may occur if you need a root canal.
You may need a root canal if the pain in your tooth is caused by inflammation or an infection in your tooth pulp. The harder dentin and enamel layers cover the soft pulp that consists of tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. We can refer patients to a specialist if a root canal is needed. During root canal therapy, the dentist removes the pulp and replaces it with a filling.
Tooth pain becomes severe and throbbing with an infection or inflammation. This isn't always the case. Even mild or intermittent pain is a sign that there's trouble deep inside your tooth. Pain increases when you chew or even press on your tooth with your finger, and after eating or drinking sugary, hot or cold substances.
Infection or inflammation results in gum tissue sensitivity. Make an appointment with the Glenview, IL, dental office if you notice that your gums are red, swollen, and painful. These changes are also a sign of gum disease and require prompt treatment.
Has your tooth darkened recently? The change in color indicates a pulp issue. Darkening is never normal and always warrants a trip to the dentist.
An abscess occurs when you have a bacterial infection in your tooth pulp. Without treatment, the bacteria enter your bloodstream and travels to other parts of your body. Symptoms of an abscess may include severe pain in your tooth and jaw, swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, and pus or a small bump on the gum tissue near your tooth. Abscesses are dental emergencies and require immediate treatment.
A blow to the face that damages the tooth requires a root canal. Proper treatment requires implanting the tooth.
Schedule an appointment with your Glenview, IL, dentists
Protect your smile! Call your dentists in Glenview, IL, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group, at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.
Without proper at-home oral care, you will be spending more time in the dentist chair and more money on dental bills, not to mention the ill effects on your teeth and gums. Here are some tips for proper at-home oral care, and if you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL.
Brushing your Teeth
- Brush your teeth each morning and each evening before you go to bed.
- Spend a total of 2 minutes gentle brushing each surface of each tooth.
- Grip your toothbrush firmly at a 45-degree angle.
- Wait at least 30 minutes before eating after you brush your teeth.
Flossing your Teeth
- Floss your teeth at least once each day.
- Floss between all of your teeth, even at the back.
- Wrap the floss around your first fingers and run it gently up and down your teeth.
- Unwind clean floss as you go.
- If you have difficulty with flossing thread, use floss picks or a water flosser.
Rinse with Mouthwash
- After brushing and flossing, rinse with mouthwash.
- Take a small sip of mouthwash, rinse it around your mouth for 30 seconds, and then spit.
Clean your Tongue
- Use a tongue scraper or a small amount of toothpaste on your brush.
- Clean your tongue with gentle, circular motions.
- Avoid going too far back and triggering your gag reflex.
- Rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Keep up the good work at home, and don’t forget to visit your Glenview dentist twice a year for check-ups and professional cleaning. You’ll be able to tell if your oral health is good because your teeth will be white, your gums will be pink, and your breath will be fresh.
While we are currently closed for general oral care due to the Covid-19 situation, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, our Glenview is still able to help. Call us at (847) 729-2233 if you are experiencing oral pain or other concerning symptoms.