November 7, 2015
Hello again Belleville! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC. Have you started making your Thanksgiving fest yet? Maybe you’ve mashed up some potatoes, or grown some squash for the dinner. Your family will probably be in town soon, and the holidays will be in full swing.
But the holidays can sometimes take a backseat to dental pain. In our last two posts, we’ve detailed some of the procedures available at our comfortable and modern office that can get you smiling in time for the holidays. If you’re embarrassed to smile due to discolored teeth, we can whiten them with professional teeth whiting. If missing teeth are making it hard to chew, we can replace them with dental implants.
But sometimes dental pain is caused by something other than missing teeth. Toothaches can severely lower your quality of life by disturbing your sleep and preventing you from eating foods that you love. What is Thanksgiving without the food? Can you imagine a Thanksgiving with out turkey and all the side items? Forget about those mashed potatoes or your macaroni and cheese if you have a toothache.
Many toothaches are caused by tooth decay; but sometimes your tooth can actually become infected. When a tooth is infected, it requires more than just a filling to save it. If you experience sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods, or drinking hot or cold beverages, then you might have an infection. Another tell-tale sign of a tooth infection is a pain or inflammation which seems to get worse whenever you chew.
If left untreated, an infection can actually kill your tooth. That means you might need to have it removed and then replaced. But if we catch the infection early enough, there’s another solution. Root canals are an essential tool in dentistry, designed to remove infections from the inside of your tooth. Most infections happen in the soft material within your tooth, called dental pulp.
Root canals often scare patients; many misconceptions about root canals exist, specifically that they are painful. In truth, root canals are no more painful than a dental filling. During a root canal, we go inside of your teeth to clean out decay and infection from your dental pulp. This helps to immediately relieve a toothache, because most pain is caused by infection or decay.
After we removed the infection, we will clean the tooth and seal it with a protective material. In some instances, we may recommend restoring the tooth further with a dental crown. Root canals are designed to save your tooth; if infection is left unchecked, you risk the infection killing your tooth or even spreading to other teeth.
We even offer laughing gas to help your relax during a root canal. Laughing gas is a form of dental sedation. We place a small mask over your nose, and you breathe it nitrous oxide and oxygen. This clean and safe mixture will immediately help you feel at ease. Laughing gas is great because its effects are completely temporary, after your procedure you will immediately return to feeling normal.
Our comfortable and modern office is also designed to help you feel at ease during dental procedures like a root canal. We have televisions in the ceilings of treatment rooms in order to allow you to view them during your appointment. We can tune it to your favorite channel, and let you sit back and relax during your procedure. Or if you’d prefer, we can answer different questions you may have and talk you through every step of the root canal.
Root canals are one of the most common ways we can relieve toothaches at our office. A root canal will clean the infection right out of your tooth; that means you can be ready for Thanksgiving. Recovery from a root canal is fast, so you won’t have to worry about missing a bite of your turkey or homemade mashed potatoes.
Make An Appointment
Do you have a toothache? Then do something about! If you’re experiencing sensitivity in a tooth (especially when the tooth is exposed to hot or cold beverages) then you may have an infection that needs to be removed. Call the office of Thomas J. Feder in Belleville, IL, and let us help. Call us at 618-219-1412 for an appointment.