urgent dental care

urgent dental care

root canal therapy (endodontics)

It is important to keep up with your daily oral hygiene habits to prevent gum or tooth disease. However, in the event you do develop decay or infection in the nerve of your tooth, a root canal treatment and procedure may be performed in order to save your tooth from extraction.

What is a root canal?

Many people are unaware of the importance of not only healthy teeth and gums but also healthy roots and root canals. Your mouth contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that run below your teeth. It is important to keep your root canals healthy, as you may develop inflammation or infections of the roots and pulp, causing the need for root canal therapy.

What are the problematic root canal symptoms?

Symptoms of an infected or inflamed root canal include tooth pain while chewing or consuming cold food, throbbing pain in your tooth, the temperature sensitivity of your tooth, discoloration of your tooth, or sensitive or swollen gums. Sometimes, symptoms may not exist; therefore, it is important to see us for regular check-ups to ensure that teeth and root canals are healthy.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

Infected or inflamed root canals can be caused by a deep cavity or filling, a chipped or cracked tooth, or injury to your tooth. These issues can cause bacteria to enter your tooth, resulting in an inflamed or infected dental pulp. Without treatment for the root canal, the infection may worsen, resulting in the need to remove and extract the tooth. We understand the thought of a root canal can bring up feelings of anxiety and nervousness. However, rest assured that our highly trained and experienced staff will aid in your root canal treatment and provide you with a supportive and highly professional experience. Want to find out more about Root Canal Treatment? Call our office today to learn more and book your next appointment.

Root Canal Treatment

It is important to keep up with your daily oral hygiene habits to prevent gum or tooth disease. However, in the event you do develop decay or infection in the nerve of your tooth, a root canal treatment and procedure may be performed in order to save your tooth from extraction.

tooth & wisdom tooth extraction

Tooth extractions, or the removal of one or more teeth, are usually used as a last resort in dentistry, as keeping the natural teeth in the mouth is ideal. There are many reasons why single or multiple extractions may be performed, including pervasive tooth decay, the impaction of wisdom teeth, or the need to create space for orthodontic devices.
The most significant short-term benefit associated with tooth extraction is the elimination of pain. If a tooth is severely decayed or an infection is present, removing the affected tooth almost immediately alleviates discomfort. However, it should be noted that further procedures are necessary to replace the extracted teeth. Leaving a gap is not a viable option as the other teeth tend to twist out of alignment to fill the space.

Why You Might Need To Have A Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extractions are an incredibly common procedure. It should be reiterated that an extraction is used as a procedure of last resort when nothing more can be done to save the tooth.
Here is a brief overview of some of the main reasons for tooth extraction:
  • Deep decay – When decay affects the surface of the tooth as well as the pulp, root canal procedures can not be performed. Root canal therapy is only viable where the general structure of the tooth is in stable condition.
  • Extra teeth –There are a variety of explanations associated with extra teeth, but most commonly they are baby teeth that do not shed. Extra teeth take up space in the arch, causing nearby teeth to twist out of place. Tooth extraction is necessary in this case to provide enough space for the teeth to properly realign.
  • Periodontal disease – Often, teeth have to be extracted because the gums and underlying bone are so severely eroded that they can no longer hold the tooth in place securely. The cause of bone and gum recession is almost always advanced periodontal disease (gum disease). Poor bone density means that the chance of restoring the natural tooth is minimal.
  • Prior to braces – Traditional orthodontic braces require enough space for the teeth to move into ideal alignment. If space can not be created naturally, a tooth may be extracted as an alternative.
  • Fractured teeth – Fortunately, we are able to save injured teeth in most circumstances with the aid of root canal therapy. However, there are some instances where the tooth has become fractured in a way that makes repair impossible.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

These days, it seems like having wisdom teeth extracted is practically a rite of passage for many young adults. This surgery typically carries low risks but can be very rewarding, because extracting hard-to-clean wisdom teeth early can prevent painful problems later on.
At Derry Village Dental, our team of experienced dentists will work together to determine if and when wisdom tooth extraction may be the right choice for you, and then provide the best possible care in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Reasons For Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth extractions are commonly performed to prevent or address the following symptoms:
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Decayed wisdom teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Partially impacted wisdom teeth
  • Gum infection or inflammation
  • Bone damage
  • Pain associated with the above