What is your mouth trying to tell you about your oral health?
A root canal is a common dental procedure our Findlay, OH, dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner perform. Despite what you might have heard, this treatment can actually save your natural tooth and prevent the need for a dental extraction.
A root canal is a minimally invasive dental procedure that goes inside the tooth to remove infected dental tissue. More specifically, when the dental pulp of the tooth has become infected or irritated by trauma or bacteria the only option is to have it removed. This is when a root canal is performed.
Some dental injuries, as well as decayed or infected teeth, may not require a root canal if the problem is detected early on by one of our Findlay, OH, family dentists; however, if you aren’t someone who sees their dentist as often as you should then it’s important that you are able to at least recognize the telltale signs that you need a root canal. These signs include,
If you have a toothache that is suddenly causing you nagging pain, this could be a sign that the dental pulp is infected. This pain may be persistent, or it may come and go. Of course, any kind of dental pain requires emergency dental treatment so let us know as soon as possible if you are dealing with a toothache.
A tooth in need of a root canal won’t just cause pain, it may also become more sensitive, particularly to extreme temperatures. Therefore, every time the affected tooth comes in contact with something hot or cold you may experience a lingering zap of pain and discomfort in the tooth.
If you notice that one of your teeth has suddenly darkened or turned gray in appearance this could be a sign that the dental pulp within the tooth has died. The pulp can die if there isn’t enough blood being supplied to the tissue. If you notice this problem, it’s time to see your dentist right away.
An abscess is a pimple-like bump that often develops on the gums when a tooth is infected. The abscess may contain pus, or you may notice a sudden bout of bad breath as a result. It’s important that the abscess is treated right away to prevent the infection from spreading.
Don’t ignore any symptoms or signs that may be trying to warn you that you need a root canal. Our Findlay, OH, dental team always provides emergency dental care to our patients. If a toothache is bugging you or you are noticing any of the symptoms above, please call Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center at (419) 424-5850.
Starting your child’s oral habits early on is the best thing you can do for them.
One of the most common childhood dental problems our Findlay, OH, family dentists, Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner, see is tooth decay. If your child still has their baby teeth you may just assume that cavities are no big deal, but if left untreated this seemingly small problem can lead to long-term dental problems and future cavities.
Therefore, the best thing you can do for your children is to show them good dental habits. You’re going to be the one doing the brushing and flossing for them until they are old enough to do it themselves; however, this is still a teachable moment. Talk your child through the brushing and flossing process and explain what you are doing and why it’s so important to keep teeth and gums clean.
Here are some helpful tips to adopt to help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums,
- Make sure to brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day. Designate a time for the whole family to get together and practice good oral hygiene. This ensures that everyone is properly caring for their smiles. Don’t forget to set a timer, as everyone should be brushing for at least two straight minutes!
- You can start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their teeth erupt. You will only need a dab of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice to fully brush your baby’s new teeth. As your child gets older you can upgrade the amount of toothpaste from a grain of rice to the size of a pea.
- Flossing isn’t just for adults; kids need to floss, too! You should be flossing your child’s teeth every day, ideally right before bedtime. Be gentle when it comes to guiding and removing floss from between teeth, especially in very tight spaces.
- Make sure to schedule dental cleanings with our Findlay, OH, general dentists for the whole family every six months. Once a child turns 1 year old it’s time to start bringing them in regularly to see the dentist.
- Limit your child’s sugar consumption, which is a major factor for whether or not they deal with decay. Sugar and starches produce more plaque, which can wear away tooth enamel. A diet that is rich in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein are ideal. Avoid boxed or packaged foods, which usually have a lot of sugar and sodium.
We hope that you and your family are stay healthy and safe during the pandemic. While we are happy to schedule routine appointments and checkups for your family once our Findlay, OH dentists are back in action, we are still providing emergency dental care for urgent matters. If you are dealing with a true dental emergency don’t hesitate to call Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center at (419) 424-5850.
Your family dentists in Findlay, OH, can take away your tooth pain
If you have a tooth that hurts, you don’t want to mess around. You want a dentist to offer you choices to eliminate that tooth pain for good! Here at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner can diagnose the cause of your tooth pain and determine with you the best way to treat it.
More about Tooth Pain and How We Can Help
Your tooth is composed of several layers:
- The top layer, which is known as enamel
- The middle layer, which is known as dentin
- The inner layer, which is known as the pulp
When you have tooth decay that has penetrated through the top two layers, the enamel and the dentin, chances are you need a dental filling. You can have a metal dental filling, but a more cosmetically beautiful choice is a tooth-colored filling, using composite. Tooth-colored fillings are virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.
When you have decay or damage that has penetrated into all three layers of your tooth, including the pulp, you need a root canal. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. When this area becomes damaged, the only option is to remove the infected tissue inside your tooth. That is what a root canal does.
A root canal is a reliable way to eliminate severe tooth pain and still allow you to keep your tooth. Your dentist will create a small opening in the top of your tooth, and draw out the infected tissue through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth that gets rid of infection, inflammation, and pain. After your tooth pain is gone, the sedative is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The opening is sealed with a permanent filling and your root canal is complete.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
You don’t have to live with tooth pain when relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about dental fillings, root canal therapy, and other dental services, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner of Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, at (419) 424-5850. Call now!
How your dentists in Findlay, Ohio can heal your painful tooth.
Tooth decay can be sneaky. It can often be painful, but sometimes you won’t notice any pain at all until the decay is deep and severe. If you are suffering from tooth decay, you’ll be glad to know you have many treatment options to consider. Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, Ohio offer several effective treatments for tooth decay.
These are a few of the non-painful signs you may notice when you have tooth decay:
- A dark or light area on a tooth that you can’t remove with brushing
- A brown or black stain on a tooth that you can’t remove with brushing
- An open hole, called a cavity, or a dark crevice or crack
Tooth decay can also cause mild to severe pain, depending on how deep and severe the tooth decay is. You may notice:
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink sweet foods or beverages
- Chronic, aching pain that doesn’t go away
There are a few treatment options your dentist might recommend, including:
A filling, which is an excellent conservative treatment for decay that has only penetrated the top two layers of tooth structure, the enamel and dentin.
A dental crown, which is a very protective option if you have lost a significant amount of tooth structure. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline. They are available in full porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
If you have tooth decay that has penetrated into the third layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, you can benefit from root canal therapy. Your dentist will remove the inflamed, infected tissue from inside your tooth and place an inert material inside your tooth. The inflammation goes away, your pain is gone, and you get to keep your tooth and your smile. A dental crown is often recommended on a tooth that has had a root canal.
To find out more about tooth decay and your treatment options, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, Ohio today.
Did you know that brushing, flossing, and fluoride may not be enough to protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay? It’s true! That’s because high-sugar content foods and beverages like candy and soda constantly bombard your child’s tooth enamel, wearing away the enamel and causing decay.
The good news is, there is an effective way to prevent tooth decay. It’s called dental sealants, and Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, offer dental sealants to protect your child’s smile.
Did you know that children are never too young to be at risk for tooth decay? The minute your child’s first tooth erupts, tooth decay can happen. The bacteria in your child’s mouth mixes with the sugar in foods to cause bacterial acid. This bacterial acid is strong enough to break through tough tooth enamel, causing a cavity.
Brushing and flossing protect many areas of teeth including in between teeth, but the deep grooves and crevices of normal tooth anatomy are difficult to clean, even with the most careful brushing and flossing. Dental sealants add another layer of protection by sealing up the grooves and crevices so that food debris and bacteria can’t attach and thrive.
Children and parents both love dental sealants because they are:
- Painless, because they don’t require anesthetic
- Quick, because each tooth only takes a few minutes
- Beautiful, because they are tooth-colored, making them virtually invisible
- Inexpensive, because they cost far less than other restorative treatments
Your child should have dental sealants placed on the first permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, and on the second permanent molars when your child is between 11 and 14 years old.
Dental sealants can help ensure your child enjoys a lifetime of healthy smiles. To find out more about dental sealants, talk with the experts. Call your family dentists, Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner, at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, at (419) 424-5850 today!
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