Posts for tag: tooth decay

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
December 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals   tooth decay  

A root canal is a treatment used to fix and save a tooth that is infected or badly decayed. Millions of teeth are saved each year with root root canalcanal treatment. Dr. Franklin Gordon, Jr. in Flint, MI offers root canal therapy with a gentle touch. Here are the top five reasons not to delay getting a root canal.

#1- A Toothache

Pain is the most common symptom of needing root canal therapy. If the tooth is dead and has become abscessed, the individual will feel pain when they eat or put pressure on the infected tooth. If the tooth is still alive, the individual will experience sensitivity to cold or hot foods or liquids.

#2- Fracture

A tooth that has fractured may need root canal treatment if the fracture reaches the pulp. If the tooth has fractured in a way that doesn't leave much tooth structure left for a restoration, root canal therapy may need to be performed so a post can be placed down the canal of the tooth to help retain the restoration.

#3- Deep Cavity

If tooth decay reaches the pulp, the pulp will become infected with bacteria. When this occurs, it will become painful and inflamed or it will die and become decayed tissue. Sometimes there's no pain, but the only way your Flint dentist can get all the decay out of the tooth is by performing root canal therapy and removing the nerve.

#4- An Abscess

An abscess that's left untreated will keep growing and infect the bone around the root of the tooth. It may spread into surrounding tissues and bone. In rare cases, people have died from infections that started from an abscess. The only way to remove the infection completely is by performing a root canal.

#5- Resorption

Root resorption is a condition whereby the structure of the tooth dissolves away as a reaction to tooth replantation, trauma, injury or aggressive tooth movement during orthodontic treatment. The resorption can invade the canal and the blood vessels and nerve contained therein. If this happens, the affected tooth will need root canal therapy.

Don't put off root canal therapy if you need it. Call Dr. Gordon in Flint, MI at (810) 230-0990 right now to schedule your next dental appointment. Everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
October 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Find out more about dental infections and what can be done to treat them.

You have been dealing with nasty dental pain and you’re fed up. It’s making it difficult to just get through the day and nearly impossible to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal. Dental pain can be warning you of a variety of different issues, including an infection. Find out more about dental infections and how our Flint, MI endodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon Jr., can treat them.

One of the most common tooth infections is an abscessed tooth. This is when bacteria have reached the roots of a tooth. An abscessed tooth usually results from tooth decay that wasn’t detected. More often than not, if you are someone who doesn’t visit their Flint general dentist for routine exams then you may have decay and never even know it until an abscess occurs.

An abscessed tooth can also be the result of a broken or chipped tooth that wasn’t treated right away. When a tooth is damaged bacteria now has a place to go and can easily reach the inside of the tooth (also known as the dental pulp). From there the bacteria can continue to spread to the roots of the tooth and even the surrounding bone.

What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

The most common symptoms of an abscess are:

  • Dental pain, particularly when chewing or biting down
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Bad breath
  • Gum redness or inflammation
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums near the problem tooth

How is it treated?

Our goal is to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible and to treat the infection. This is most often done through root canal therapy, where we go inside the tooth, remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the tooth. From there we can start to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. At the end of this treatment a dental crown is usually placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage and to restore its strength and resilience.

Unfortunately, there are some patients that wait too long to seek medical treatment and the infection is so severe that even a root canal won’t be able to save the tooth. In this case a tooth extraction is typically necessary.

Don’t let dental pain get the better of you. By ignoring this pain the problem will only get worse. Protect your teeth from potential irreparable damage by calling our Flint, MI dental office today.