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By Anderson Dental Center
October 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canals end pain from a tooth infection or inflammation and prevent tooth loss. If you've been suffering from any of these symptoms, it's time to visit your Findlay, OH, dentists, Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner of Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center.

Pain or sensitivity in teeth

Your tooth may hurt or become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures if you have an infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp. The soft pulp at the center of your tooth contains blood vessels, tissues and nerves. Although the pulp is an essential part of the tooth during its formation, your tooth will function normally when the pulp is removed during root canal therapy.

Pain doesn't have to be constant to indicate a problem. Even mild or intermittent pain may be a sign that something isn't quite right with a tooth. You may notice that your symptoms increase when you press on the tooth or chew.

Sensitivity may occur when you drink a cup of coffee or enjoy an ice cream sundae. Pain may last as long as 30 minutes after you eat or drink something that triggers sensitivity.

Severe pain, fever and swelling

If you have severe, throbbing pain accompanied by a fever, facial swelling or swollen lymph nodes, you may have a bacterial infection called an abscess. Abscesses are dental emergencies, as the infection can spread throughout your body if you don't receive prompt treatment. Other symptoms of an abscess can include pus around your tooth or a pimple-like bump on your gum.

Gum tenderness

The gum around your tooth may be red and swollen if you need a root canal. If you touch the gum, pain may worsen. You may also notice a bad taste in your mouth.

Change in tooth color

The darkening of a tooth could be related to the changes occurring in your tooth pulp. If you notice that your tooth doesn't look the same as nearby teeth, let the dentist know.

A root canal can end your pain

During a root canal in the Findlay dental office, your dentist opens your tooth, removes the pulp, cleans the interior, shapes the root canals, and fills the tooth with a durable, rubber-based filling. You'll receive a local anesthetic before root canal therapy begins to ensure that you don't experience any pain during the procedure. Once your pulp is removed, you'll no longer notice any pain and will once again be able to chew without discomfort.

Root canals help you protect your smile. Call your dentists in Findlay, OH, Drs. Anderson and Hoffner of Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center at (419) 424-5850 to schedule your appointment.

By Anderson Dental Center
July 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Root Canal  

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,

Constant Pain

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

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.

By Anderson Dental Center
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Root Canal   Tooth Pain  

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!

By Anderson Dental Center
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Root Canal  

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 Canalarise. 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

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.

Tooth sensitivity

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.

By Anderson Dental Center
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure

The reasons people need root canal therapy vary. However, rest assured if Dr. Anderson or Dr. Hoffner at Anderson and Hoffner DentalRoot Canal Center in Findlay, OH, recommend you have this restorative treatment, you'll be back to good oral health in no time. Read here about the treatment and reasons why people need this reliable restoration.

What is root canal therapy?

Simply put, root canal therapy removes damaged, inflamed and infected pulp from the interior of a tooth--specifically, from the slender chambers inside each root. Accomplished entirely in-office with benefit of local anesthetic (numbing shot), root canal therapy preserves remaining hard structure and covers it with a custom-made porcelain crown.

Root canals take up to three visits to Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay. The first involves X-rays and examination to diagnose the problem. The next two involve removing the pulp (with tiny metal files), disinfecting the canals, sealing them with a biocompatible putty and and covering the tooth with a temporary crown. The last visit entails placement of the final porcelain crown, a lifelike jacket of premium quality ceramic.

Reasons you need a root canal

Basically, bacteria has invaded the interior of your tooth, causing the pulp to become infected and swollen, says Dear Doctor. Most typically, such a tooth is super painful. Bacterial invasion happens because of large or small cracks in the tooth enamel or from deep decay. Fortunately, root canals relieve pain and pressure, and as the tooth heals, it experiences less and less sensitivity to cold, pressure and heat.

Other signs which indicate need for this restoration are:

  • Drainage
  • Bad breath which does not respond to mouth wash or toothbrushing
  • Dull pain in the area of the frontal sinuses
  • Swelling of the jaw, face, and gums
  • A fistula, or reddened pimple, on the gums near the tooth
  • Darkened enamel

Find out more

If you have urgent dental symptoms, please contact Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center immediately for a consultation. If your dentist says it's time for a root canal, expect a successful treatment. Most teeth treated with root canals function for years and years, says the American Association of Endodontists in Findlay, OH. Call today at (419) 424-5850.