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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.
What your dentists in Findlay, Ohio want you to know about root canals
If you have damaged or decayed teeth, it’s time to make them healthy again with root canal therapy. Your dentists at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, Ohio want to share how root canals can make your teeth healthier.
A root canal removes diseased and bacteria-laden tissue from inside your tooth, while still allowing you to keep your tooth. Not too long ago, the only choice for badly decayed or damaged teeth was to have them removed. Then you would be left with having to replace them with dental implants or bridgework. There is another choice, root canal therapy! With root canal therapy you can save your tooth.
You may need a root canal if you feel:
- Pain that doesn’t go away after eating hot or cold foods
- Sharp pain when you bite down
- Severe throbbing pain and pressure that doesn’t go away
- Swelling in your gums around a tooth or teeth
These are just some of the signs you may need a root canal, but an infected tooth can also have no painful symptoms at all. Teeth can begin to die naturally, for no apparent reason, or from trauma. If you have a tooth that begins to look gray or dark, it may need root canal treatment.
Your dentists in Findlay, Ohio begin your root canal treatment by creating a small opening in the top of your tooth. They remove the diseased tissue using small instruments called files. Your tooth is then filled with an inert, rubbery material and resealed. Typical root canal treatment takes between one and three appointments depending on the severity of the infection.
You deserve to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Root canal therapy is the solution to removing bacteria and disease from your teeth, but still keeping your smile intact. For more information about the benefits of root canal therapy call your dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, Ohio. Call today and get your healthy smile!