Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Teeth Grinding, Bedford, TX

Anyone who’s ever had dental pain knows the sooner it can be relieved, the better. Feeling pain in your teeth or mouth is never normal and can be a sign that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed. If your teeth are giving you pain, it is always a good idea to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Your dentist can then perform a thorough examination and tell you why your teeth might be hurting you. Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX wants to educate you on the most common reasons!

Cavity Causing Tooth Pain

A cavity is simply a hole in your tooth created by tooth decay.  Cavities can cause sensitivity that results in tooth pain. When they are still small, there is a better chance the tooth can be saved so see your dentist as soon as possible.

Damaged or Lost Filling

Contrary to popular belief, fillings don’t last forever. A filling can fall out or chip away which will re-expose the cavity and can also cause issues with your bite. An exam by your dentist can determine what needs to be done to repair the damaged filling and any issues it caused.

Teeth Grinding/Clenching/TMJ

You may find yourself bearing down on your teeth during the day, or maybe you wake up with a sore jaw. Both are indicators that you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist can offer solutions to prevent your teeth from excessive wear and tear, as well as painful headaches, toothaches and jaw pain that result from grinding your teeth.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscess can form when there is an infection at the root of a tooth. Abscesses are extremely painful and require antibiotics followed by dental work to resolve. Failure to address them can lead to infections spreading to other parts of your body, endangering your health.

Wisdom Teeth Coming In

When your wisdom teeth start to emerge, they can cause a great deal of pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. This is especially true if your wisdom teeth are impacted — colliding with your rear molars. A dental exam can determine if the teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.

Injury

Injuries caused by contact sports or accidents can cause any number of problems including “bruised” or deeply discolored teeth, broken teeth, or total loss of one or more teeth.

Temperature Sensitivity

When the dentin — the sensitive layer under the enamel of your tooth — is exposed due to cracks in the enamel or the recession of the gums, sensitivity to either hot or cold temperatures, or both, may increase.

Orthodontic Treatment

It is normal to experience some level of tooth pain when your braces are adjusted. Using an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax is recommended to resolve the issue.

Relieve Tooth Pain in Bedford, TX

No matter what the reason, we know tooth pain can be miserable, so quit asking, “Why do my teeth hurt?” and schedule an appointment online with a Davis Family Dental Care dentist today. You can call our scheduling specialist at 817.382.8869 to schedule by phone. If you are not in Bedford, most dental offices will schedule emergency appointments for patients experiencing dental pain, so please contact your local dentist for an examination as soon as possible.

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4 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

Until fairly recently, if you lost a permanent tooth, there were few options for tooth replacement. Bridges and dentures were once the only ways to restore  the appearance and function of your teeth, but both require extra care without providing the same functionality as your natural teeth.

Dental implants are the modern solution for tooth loss that restores the look, feel and function of your teeth while helping your preserve your oral health.

Davis Family Dental Care is a leading dental implant provider in Bedford, TX with many years of experience helping patients restore their smiles with implants.

1. Implants last a lifetime

Because they are surgically implanted in the jawbone, dental implants can last for the rest of your life with proper care. The false tooth attached to the implant, called the crown, may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, but the piece inserted into the jaw lasts many years. Make sure you visit your dentist for regular check-ups to make sure your implant is still functioning correctly.

2. Dental implants keep jawbone tissue healthy

While replacing missing teeth might seem to be mostly for appearance’s sake, having a gap in your smile can actually cause your jawbone tissue to recede. This can place the neighboring teeth and the shape of your mouth itself at risk, causing the sunken appearance to the mouth that is sometimes seen in those that have been missing teeth for some time.

Dental implants replace the missing tooth down to the root, promoting growth of new tissue and helping the remaining teeth stay stable in their sockets.

3. Implants protect healthy teeth

In addition to promoting stability of jawbone tissue, dental implants help the teeth surrounding the missing tooth in other ways. Dental bridges, which are a popular older method of tooth replacement, involve grinding the surrounding teeth down to serve as an anchor for the bridge. Implants are installed directly in the socket of the missing tooth and do not need to be anchored to other teeth like bridges. This means that the only teeth that are affected by the implant process are the teeth that have been lost or are broken and need to be replaced.

4. Implants feel and function like natural teeth

With dental implants you can eat and brush and floss your teeth just as you would with your natural teeth. Dentures need to be removed and cleaned in special solutions and then re-attached with messy dental adhesives.  Bridges involve multiple crowns together and the teeth living under the anchoring crowns need to be carefully flossed around.

Dental Implants in Bedford, TX

Because dental implants can last for decades, they should be viewed as a long-term investment in your oral health. Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX is focused on the long term maintenance of a comfortable, functional smile that you can feel confident in. Schedule your consultation online or call 817.382.8869 to start restoring your smile and confidence today.

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3 Ways to Manage Dental Anxiety

For some people, just thinking about sitting in the dentist’s chair makes them break out in a cold sweat. If that sounds like you, you’re not alone.  People have all sorts of reasons they fear the dentist. Maybe you dread being in pain or maybe it’s been awhile since you saw a dentist and you’re unsure what the dentist will find. 

Waiting to have a dental examination will only make dental issues worse and cost you more time, money and discomfort. Having routine exams from your dentist can actually help the entire process feel much easier for you on many levels.

The dentists at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX want to give you some tips to help you conquer your fear of the dentist. Use these helpful hints at your next appointment to help alleviate anxiety, allowing you to have a healthy and strong smile. 

1. Speak up 

Fears can feel more manageable when you speak them aloud, making others aware of your feelings and finding that they may even share them can be very comforting. If you’re feeling anxious, you should make your dental team aware of your worries. Your dentist and their team will be better able to treat you if they are aware of your needs. 

  • Discuss your anxiety with your dentist. When you schedule your appointment, alert the receptionist that dental care makes you nervous and remind the dental assistance about your anxiety when you arrive. It can be helpful to share with your dental office any bad experiences you may have had in the past, and ask for suggestions on how to cope if you start to feel that way again. 
  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions. The unknown is usually more frightening than a routine dental procedure, so asking your dental team to explain to you know what is going to happen in your treatment can help alleviate that fear.
  • Agree on a signal that will alert your dentist that you need to take a break during a procedure, such as raising your hand. 
  • If you experience any pain even with a local anesthetic, let your dentist know immediately. Although, some people may feel embarrassed about their pain tolerance or don’t want to interrupt a dentist during a procedure, the last thing your dentist wants is to cause you pain.  

2. Distract yourself 

It might seem impossible to take your mind off the procedure you’re having when you’re anxious, but there are some things you can do that that will help you distract yourself. 

  • Wear headphones. If the sound of the drill rattles your nerves, bring headphones along so you can listen to your favorite music or audiobook.  
  • Keep your hands occupied by squeezing a stress ball or playing with a small handheld object, such as a fidget spinner. 
  • Visualize yourself relaxing at the beach or another “happy place” using your imagination. 

3. Use mindfulness techniques 

Relaxation is a state of mind. Sometimes it can take some work to “get there”. Try these deep breathing exercises to relieve anxiety and tension. 

  • Count your breaths. Inhale slowly and then exhale for the same count. Do this at least five times while you’re waiting for your appointment, or during breaks from treatment while you’re still in the dentist’s chair. 
  • Do a body scan. Focus on relaxing your muscles, one body part at a time. Begin with your head and work your way down to your toes. For example, concentrate on releasing tension starting in your forehead, then your cheeks, your neck and down the rest of your body. 

Remember: Your dentist and their team don’t want you to be afraid or to hurt you. Their jobs are to help you have a healthier smile and they can’t do that if you’re too afraid to come in.  Be sure to communicate your fears openly to your dental provider so they can help you start having positive experiences at the dentist’s office.

If you’re in the Bedford, TX area and are looking for dental care from a team of compassionate and skilled dental professionals, contact Davis Family Dental Care at 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online today.

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Why You Need to See Your Dentist Regularly

Many people only go to the dentist when they realize there’s a problem with their teeth. Unless they’re teeth are causing them pain, they just assume everything is ok in their mouth. However, even a  patient who dutifully brushes and flosses every day as recommended by the ADA and the dentists at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX — that’s brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily, in case you weren’t sure — needs to see a dentist to keep small dental problems from becoming bigger ones.

A regular check-up with your Davis Family dentist is important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy, rather than just treating you when things are bothering you. You should have a regular dental examination at least every 6 months or as often recommended by your Davis Family dentist.

What To Expect At A Dental Visit

There are two parts to a routine dental visit – the check up, or examination, and the cleaning. At the your check up, your Davis Family dentist will check for cavities, take X-rays to detect cavities between your teeth and check for plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria created by sugars breaking down in our mouths bonding with other food particles.

Brushing and flossing are your first defense against plaque, however, sometimes it simply isn’t possible to remove it all yourself. If plaque is not removed, it hardens and become tartar — the first stage of tooth decay — which cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral health problems such as gum disease. Some of these diseases of the mouth can lead to systemic health problems if not treated promptly.

Your Davis Family dentist will also check your gums with a special tool to measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. When gums are healthy, the spaces are shallow but they can become deeper as your gums becoming irritated, pulling away from your teeth and providing more places for bacteria to gather and form plaque and eventually tartar.

In addition to brushing twice daily, flossing is an important step to prevent this buildup. However, gum disease is often painless and the changes can be hard to detect by an untrained eye in its’ early stages. Gum disease can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss as well as other diseases of the body and mind such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Your check-up should also include an examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck for any swelling or redness which could be signs of throat or mouth cancer.

Why Are Professional Teeth Cleanings Necessary?

At your visit your teeth will also be professionally cleaned by an Davis Family dental hygienist. While brushing and flossing are crucial to help remove the plaque from your teeth, they can’t remove tartar. Your hygienist must use special tools to skillfully scrape away the tartar that has formed in the hard to reach places on your teeth, usually at the bases, just below the gumline and in between your teeth. This type of professional cleaning is called scaling.

After your teeth are scaled, your hygienist polish them to remove stains using a gritty professional grade toothpaste. Finally, your dental professional will clean between your teeth with floss.

Prevent Tooth Decay With Regular Dental Checkups

It is recommended you have a dental checkup every 6 months to keep ahead of any issues that may develop. However, if you haven’t been having regular, routine checkups and cleanings, you may need to return more frequently for cleanings and exams to help your dentist get any issues under control. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can prevent it from forming tartar by brushing and flossing regularly. Here are some tips for maintaining good oral health at home.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss daily.
  • Use mouthwash to help control plaque bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Scheduling and attending checkups with your dentist is vital to maintaining good oral health and will help you avoid potentially uncomfortable and expensive procedures. If you need a checkup, please call Davis Family Dental Care’s appointment line today at 817.382.8869 or schedule an examination online.

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Who Needs Dental Implants Treatment?

Dental implants are now highly a recommend treatment option for patients that have lost teeth due to infection, decay, injury, or who require tooth replacement for some other reason. Dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they also help preserve your oral health. Dr. Paul Davis of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, among several other professional organizations, and has many years of experience performing dental implant surgery.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants begin with titanium posts designed to mimic that natural roots of teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone and onto it, an artificial replacement tooth, called a crown, is placed. A single dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth, or multiple dental implants can be used to secure a denture for a full arch of missing teeth.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants patients offer many advantages over traditional missing tooth replacement options. Implants help stabilize jawbone tissue, prevent change of your mouth shape and reduce the risk of gum disease and additional tooth loss. Dental implants promote a natural bite and allow patients to enjoy an unrestricted diet.

People with missing teeth are potential candidates for dental implants. If you’ve lost a tooth after extensive decay due to periodontal disease, you will be left with an empty space in your mouth. More than a cosmetic concern, an empty space in the mouth can cause further tooth decay and bone loss. Implants help stabilize the tissue more than other tooth replacement options.

Where to Find Dental Implant Treatment

You need an experienced, highly-trained dentist to perform the dental implant procedure, which is why Drs. Paul Davis, Dakota Davis and Laura Drennan want you to consider Davis Family Dental Care for dental implants. The team at Davis Family Dental Care believes in empowering patients to own their oral health, helping them achieve the smile of their dreams. To see if Davis Family Dental Care would be a good fit to perform your dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation online or call 817.382.8869 today.

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Do I Have a TMJ Disorder?

Teeth Grinding, Bedford, TXWhen people say “I have TMJ” what they really mean is that they are suffering from a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the part of your skeleton that make it possible to open and close your mouth so everyone “has TMJ” technically. Your TMJ, set on either side of your skull, work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include the muscles and ligaments involved as well as the jaw bone. They also control your lower jaw- also known as the mandible- as it moves forward, back and side to side.

Each TMJ has a cartilage disc cushioning the ball and socket of the joint. This disc supports the load while allowing the jaw the ability to open wide and rotate or glide. Any problem that hinders this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones and prevents them from working together properly can be called a TMJ disorder. Dentists like Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX can diagnose and treat this problem to alleviate the discomfort of stop the progression of dental issues that TMJ disorders can bring on.

What Causes TMJ?

Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Injury
  • Misalignment of jaw and teeth
  • Grinding teeth due to stress

How is TMJ Treated?

Before treatment can begin your dentist must examine you and diagnosis the problem. A typical dental examination should include checking the joints and muscles of the jaw for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty of motion.

Depending on the severity of the diagnosis, your Davis Family dentist may refer you to a physician or a dental specialist for more advanced treatment.

For most cases, there are several common at-home treatments for TMJ disorders. This step-by-step plan allows you to try these simple remedies on your own before moving on to more involved treatment. These steps follow a “less is more” philosophy in treating TMJ disorders, which includes:

  • Eating softer foods
  • Avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
  • Applying heat packs to the pain
  • Practicing relaxation techniques to alleviate tension in the jaw, including using meditation or biofeedback.

If your symptoms are more severe, the following treatments may be recommended by your Davis Family dentist:

  • Exercises to strengthen jaw muscles
  • Medications prescribed by your dentist; such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Use of mouth guard or bite plate to reduce clenching or grinding of teeth.

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Bedford TX

In more severe cases, your dentist may recommend correcting an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some oddly-shaped or positioned teeth. Orthodontic treatment may even be an option if necessary. Your Davis Family Dental Care provider can prescribe the most appropriate therapy based on the determined cause.  If you are in the Bedford TX area and think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, any other dental ailment or just need a cleaning or consultation, please call 817.382.8869 to schedule with the Drs. Davis or Dr. Drennan or schedule with our office online.

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Get the Most Out of Your 2018 Dental Benefits

Many insurance plans include provisions that try to shift the cost of dental care back onto you. However, the end of the year presents an opportunity for you to get the most out of your plan. If you want to get the most value out of your dental benefits, here’s why you should schedule a dental appointment with Drs. Paul Davis, Dakota Davis and Laura Drennan at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX before the New Year.

  1. The Yearly Max

The average dental insurance plan has an annual maximum coverage cap. Usually, this amount is somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500 per insured, with the coverage amount renewing every year on the first of the year. Since this amount resets on January 1st, it makes sense to use up to your maximum if you can.

  1. Overlapping Years

If your dentist is recommending a series of costly related dental procedures lined up, it is possible to reduce your out-of-pocket costs by dipping into the maximums of two benefit years by scheduling them to start before – and complete after – the start of the New Year.

  1. Taxes

If your employer extends a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to its’ employees to contribute to out of their pay on a pre-tax basis, it’s in your best interest to use your entire deduction amount for the year. If not, you will be forfeiting any FSA contributions you haven’t use by the end of year deadline. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), you can also improve your oral health without suffering any tax penalties by using the balance.

  1. Deductibles

Most dental plans require you to pay a specific out-of-pocket amount before your benefits start paying. Once you’ve met your deductible, consider scheduling an appointment with Drs. Davis and Drennan for any procedure you may have been putting off. After all, once the benefit year changes, you’ll have to meet a brand new deductible.

  1. Monthly Premiums

If you have to pay monthly premiums for your dental insurance, you should be using your benefits. Many people treat their dental insurance like a safety net against high costs related to unexpected dental emergencies. But, even if you don’t currently have any serious dental concerns, you should still use your benefits to pay for routine services such as cleanings to treat minor issues before they become serious.

  1. Fee increases

Stemming from the increasing costs of materials or equipment, practitioners must raise their fees from time to time. As the New Year begins, it is standard for providers to review their pricing to ascertain whether fee increases are needed. If you wait until after the New Year, you may be saddled with a higher co-pay. It is recommended you schedule your appointment in December, before any potential fee increases.

  1. Dental Problems Will Get Worse

While it’s natural to delay doing things we don’t want to do, especially when it’s dental work that might be uncomfortable, the vast majority of dental issues will only get worse with time.  Procrastination can lead to more discomfort and higher costs when you finally break down and seek treatment. If you go sooner rather than later, you may pay less for your treatment. On the other hand, if you wait, you may end up paying more and your dental insurance provider may not be willing to contribute as much.

To learn more about the insurance and payment options we accept at Davis Family Dental Care, call our offices at 817.382.8869.

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Healthy Snacks Give You Healthy Teeth

It’s a known fact that good nutrition is vital to having a healthy body. However, you may be surprised to learn that good nutrition is important to have healthy teeth as well. It’s true! Many healthy foods build up our teeth and make them healthier. As with the rest of our bodies, our teeth need nutrients to nourish them. Choosing the foods listed below will help keep your smile healthy and bright. And they’re not just good for you, they’re delicious, too!

Cheeses

Like most dairy foods, cheese is rich in calcium, which helps build and strengthen our bones and teeth. Because our bodies can’t produce their own calcium — we get this mineral only by consuming it and we use it quickly–including cheese in your diet as a snack is a good way to get more calcium in your diet.

Apples

An apple a day may keep the doctor away but Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX want you to eat them too! Eating too many carbohydrates, starches, and sugary foods can compromise your tooth enamel by adding acids into our mouths. A juicy apple is a choice that can satisfy your “sweet tooth” while also being good for your body and your teeth. Apples are loaded with vitamin C which helps reduce inflammation. Those suffering from periodontitis (gum disease) can help reduce the swelling in their gums by eating apples, adding extra vitamin C into their diets. If apples aren’t your to your liking, there are other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C too, such as broccoli, oranges, and green peppers.

Fish

While your dairy intake may give you plenty of calcium, your body cannot absorb it without the help of Vitamin D. Vitamin-D rich foods, such as tuna and salmon, help your body absorb the calcium it needs to build up strong teeth and bones. There is, however, another excellent source of vitamin D that is free and available to all of us: sunshine! Enjoying time outdoors in the sun (with an appropriate level of sunscreen) does wonders for the growth and continued health of skin, hair, nails, teeth, and more!

Oatmeal

Whole grain oatmeal not only helps you lower your risk of developing gum disease, it can also improve the overall health of your heart. However, you should be aware that most pre-packaged flavored oatmeal packets are full of added sugar. Too much sugar will cause the bacteria living in your mouth to flourish, destroying precious enamel. To keep your oatmeal as healthy as possible, it is recommended you cook your own plain oats and add in some berries for sweetness. You can also mix in cinnamon for this too.

Enjoying these tasty, healthy foods will benefit not only improve your dental health, but that of your overall body as well. Be sure to schedule regular dental examinations as part of your health routine. Check in with the Drs. Davis or Dr. Drennan at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford by scheduling a complimentary consultation online or calling 817.382.8869 today!

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Straightening Teeth as an Adult

Crooked or crowded teeth can cause more than embarrassment about your smile. They can also eventually lead to oral health problems by changing the stability and function of your bite.

Davis Family Dental Care is a Smart Moves® provider, offering treatment with clear aligners for a wide range of dental health and cosmetic concerns. Smart Moves, a maker of invisible braces similar to Invisalign®, offers a discreet way to achieve a new smile for adults. For two week periods, over the course of a year, the system gently and discreetly repositions your teeth with little impact on your daily activities. Smart Moves can give you the smile you want without the change in your appearance or other difficulties caused by traditional metal braces.

With Smart Moves patients can still enjoy their favorite foods and oral hygiene is the same as before the patient began treatment since the aligners are removable. They are designed to be worn for about 22 hours a day and won’t irritate the patients’ gums or sensitive areas of the mouth like traditional braces can.

AM I TOO OLD FOR SMART MOVES?

Even though our teeth have set in place by the time we are adults, that does not mean you are too old or it’s too late to undergo orthodontic treatment to have straighter teeth. Many adults receive treatment with braces or Smart Moves® and have positive results. Smart Moves® treats mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and it can also be used to address minor tooth movement after previous orthodontic treatment, preserving the results of previous orthodontic care. Smart Moves® is also an option to treat underbite, overbite,  and other tooth spacing concerns.

WHY STRAIGHTEN MY TEETH?

The importance of straightening crooked or overlapping teeth is based in more than just cosmetics. Crooked teeth are more prone to be damaged and more susceptible to decay both of which may cause more health problems in the future. Serious overbite and underbite issues can destabilize your bite which can also affect your oral health. Finally, properly aligned teeth are less likely to suffer decay and plaque buildup due to being easier to brush and floss.

You deserve to feel comfortable smiling! If you’re ready to to smile your best smile, schedule a  consultation to meet with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan today to create your unique treatment plan and discuss budget options. We work with a variety of patients and budgets, so don’t hesitate to contact our Bedford TX office today at 817.382.8869.

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Debunking Root Canal Myths

The root canal: Just hearing the name makes some people shiver. “I’m going to need a root canal.” But are they really that bad? People are often afraid of the unknown. However, a little knowledge can put things in perspective and cut that big, scary root canal right down to size. So let’s take a closer look at the root canal and show it who’s boss.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal therapy, often simply referred to as a “root canal”, becomes necessary when the tissue inside your tooth, also known as the pulp, becomes infected. This is often due to deep decay, also known as a cavity, or a chip or a crack in the surface of your tooth. This infection in the pulp can spread down into the root canals and then into the tissues of your gums, festering until it becomes an abscess. An abscess is a severe and painful infection that, if untreated, can lead to other health complications.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Signs that your tooth may need a root canal can include tooth sensitivity to temperature extremes, sensitivity to touch or while chewing, and inflamed and sensitive gums around the tooth. You should inform your Davis Family Dentistry dentist during your exam about these and any other symptoms you may be having. This way, your dentist has all the information he or she needs to decide if a root canal is necessary for your condition. Davis Family Dentistry performs most of the root canals in-house in their Bedford TX offices. However, some dentists will refer you to an outside endodontist. An endodontist is a specialist dentist who specifically treats the insides of your teeth.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal therapy consists of your dentist or endodontist drilling down into the crown of your infected tooth to excise the infected pulp from inside the tooth and the root canals. As adults, our teeth no longer require the pulp as they continue to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. After the pulp has been removed, a biocompatible material is temporarily inserted into the now-empty space inside your tooth until your dentist can begin the restoration. In cases where tooth decay may have made the tooth unstable by eating away at one of the roots, a tiny metal rod may need to be installed in the root to hold the tooth in place in your gums.

In the last stage of the process of restoration, a crown is created by your dentist and placed over your compromised tooth. Your dentist or specialist creates the crown to look like your natural teeth, even matching it to the hue of your existing teeth. The crown is used to seal up your tooth to prevent any further infections from entering. Once the swelling in the inflamed tissues goes down after several days, the “new” tooth can be used just like your natural teeth.

Things to Know

Many people endure pain or have teeth pulled due to hearing rumors that root canals will be painful or they may have even heard “horror stories” of complications from the procedure. The procedure may have been painful in decades past but with our modern technology and anesthetics, the procedure is only about as painful as a filling.

So hopefully, now that we’ve pulled the big bad root canal out into the light, you can see it for what it really is: a procedure designed to alleviate pain and save your natural teeth, helping you to chew properly and smile confidently. The old adage of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is true here as with most conditions. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily and scheduling regular exams with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan are all important steps to avoid needing a root canal, especially if your teeth have recently developed any chips or cracks.

If you do need a root canal, now you know there’s no reason to be afraid. To schedule with Davis Family Dentistry in Bedford TX today, call 817.312.8869 or schedule an appointment online.

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