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!
Have questions about getting a root canal in Findlay, OH? We have answers.
Finding out that you need to get root canal treatment certainly isn’t the highlight of anyone’s day; however, this endodontic procedure can save an infected or damaged tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. As with any dental issues, it’s important to have our Findlay, OH, dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner treat them as soon as possible. Here’s what you should know about root canals.
What is root canal treatment?
A root canal is similar to getting a dental filling but instead of placing a filling to restore the tooth after decay our Findlay, OH, restorative dentist will place a dental crown. The purpose of a root canal is to be able to remove the inflamed or infected structure inside the tooth, known as a dental pulp, to prevent bacteria from spreading.
Are root canals painful?
Despite what you might have heard, getting a root canal is really no more invasive or uncomfortable than removing decay and filling a tooth. Our dentists pride themselves on offering the most advanced dental techniques and treatments available in Findlay, OH, to make sure that no matter what type of dentistry you’re undergoing that you feel comfortable and at ease. Before performing a root canal we will administer local anesthesia to the gums around the tooth to numb the area prior to treating it.
What are the signs and symptoms of an infected dental pulp?
It’s important to recognize the warning signs that something is wrong so that you can get the immediate dental care that you need. If you’re unsure whether your symptoms warrant a visit to our office give us a call and let us know what’s going on. We can decide whether you need to come in for treatment the very same day. Common warning signs that you need root canal therapy include:
- A toothache that gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening or sudden discoloration of a tooth
- Redness or swollen gums around the affected tooth
If you are experiencing a toothache or other dental symptoms in Findlay, OH, it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to when problems occur. Call the caring dental team at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center to ask any questions about root canals.
How your family dentists in Findlay, OH, can save your smile
If you are brushing after meals and before bed, that’s great! If you are also flossing every day, that’s excellent! Brushing and flossing are a good start to keeping a healthy smile for life, but you also need regular professional dental cleanings by a skilled dental professional.
The truth is, your dental professional can access areas of your smile that you can’t keep clean, like your back teeth. Your dental professional can check your gums to make sure you don’t have gum disease or are showing the early stages of periodontal disease. The truth is, you can’t take care of your smile all by yourself.
Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, offer a full range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including professional dental cleanings, to save your smile and keep it healthy.
When you brush and floss, you are only able to remove the soft deposit, called plaque, that clings to your teeth. Professional cleanings remove more than just plaque. The hard deposits, called calculus or tartar, need to be removed too, and your dental professional uses state-of-the-art tools and a high degree of skill to remove the hard deposits.
A professional dental cleaning is often done at the same time as your regular dental examination every year. You also need one additional cleaning, so you average a dental cleaning every six months, to stay healthy.
If you have periodontal disease, your family dentist may advise you to have more frequent, more intense supportive periodontal therapy appointments, every three to four months. Supportive periodontal therapy combines the aspects of professional dental cleanings with thorough oral hygiene education and monitoring, to make sure your periodontal disease stays stable and doesn’t get worse.
Regular professional dental cleanings can make the difference between you having a healthy or unhealthy mouth. Don’t take your smile for granted; give your smile the help it needs by scheduling professional dental cleaning appointments regularly. To find out more about professional dental cleanings and other dental services, call your family dentists, Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner, at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, today!
Your mouth may be trying to warn you that something is wrong. Maybe it’s time you listened.
While not all dental issues will present with warning signs and symptoms it’s also important not to ignore certain changes or issues if they arise. After all, the sooner you seek the care you need the better. So, how do you know it’s time to visit our Findlay, OH, dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner for root canal therapy? If you have any of these symptoms it’s time to give us a call.
A toothache is a major warning sign that something is wrong. Even though a tooth can hurt for several reasons such as a cavity, sometimes a toothache can also mean that you may require root canals. The pain you may experience may be intermittent or persistent, throbbing or stabbing. The pain often gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth. This symptom is the result of an infected or inflamed dental pulp.
While a sensitive tooth alone may not mean you need a root canal, if you notice that a tooth has suddenly developed prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks this could also be a sign that you need root canal therapy.
Gum swelling and tenderness
While not everyone who requires a root canal will experience swelling around the tooth, if you do notice this issue this is a very clear sign that an infection is present. The swelling ranges from very mild to severe and in serious cases there may also be swelling in the face or neck. In some cases, a pimple-like growth (known as an abscess) may form on the gums surrounding the infected tooth.
Just feeling off
You know that feeling. You can’t put your finger on it exactly but your body feels rundown in a way that you can only pinpoint to illness. If you find yourself feeling ill or not right and you are noticing some of the symptoms above then it might be time to schedule an evaluation with our Findlay, OH, general dentist. Some patients that require this endodontic procedure may even develop a fever.
Are you dealing with any of the issues above? If so, then the first call you should make is to our Findlay, OH, dental office. Call Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center to ask any questions about root canals today.
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