Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
February 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out what your toothache is trying to tell you about the health of your smile.

Are you dealing with a nagging, burning, or sharp pain in a tooth? If so, it’s important that you turn to our Flint, MI, endodontist, Dr. Franklin Gordon, Jr. right away. After all, a toothache is a dental emergency, and the sooner the problem is addressed, the better. If a toothache Woman With Tooth Painisn’t treated you could end up losing the tooth altogether!

 

Why am I dealing with a toothache?

A toothache occurs when the nerves inside the tooth are irritated. This is a telltale sign that there is bacteria present inside the tooth. The tooth’s nerve is housed within a structure known as the dental pulp. While a toothache could simply mean that you are dealing with a cavity, if the pulp is inflamed or infected, it will need to be removed. Luckily, you’ll be relieved to hear that you will no longer feel pain once the pulp is removed. Some patients even experience immediate relief after a root canal!

 

Do I need root canal treatment?

If you are dealing with any of these symptoms, it’s time to visit our Flint, MI, endodontic specialist right away:

  • A severe toothache
  • Dental pain that gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Gum swelling or pain around the affected tooth
  • A bump or growth on the gums near the tooth (known as an abscess)

These are all warning signs that you may need root canal treatment and it’s important not to ignore them. The sooner you seek proper treatment and have the affected pulp removed, the better your smile's health will be.

 

What happens during a root canal?

During this treatment, we will go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and to clean out any bacteria inside the tooth and the root canals. Once the tooth has been disinfected, it’s time to seal up the root canals to prevent bacteria from getting inside and causing another infection.

The canals are filled with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. After the tooth has been treated we will fit you with a permanent crown, which will restore functionality and strength back into the weakened tooth.

 

Need relief? Give us a call!

If you are dealing with a toothache, gum disease, or a cracked tooth, we offer full endodontic and periodontic services in Flint, MI, to handle all of your dental needs. Call us right away at (810) 230-0990 to get the immediate care you deserve!