EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE
Is your tooth pain becoming too much to handle? Call us at Twin Creeks Dentistry PLLC right away for emergency dental assistance.
Dental issues such as abscesses, decay, infected gums, cavities, etc. can cause severe pain. There’s no need to suffer through this discomfort, though. At Twin Creeks Dentistry PLLC, we’re ready to bring you relief. If you aren’t experiencing any pain but still have an issue such as a cracked tooth, broken dentures, or a misplaced filling, you should still give us a call. Research shows that periodontal problems can elevate the risk for other health issues such as diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Your health and comfort are important to us. If you’re experiencing serious oral pain, call us without delay.
Unlike many other dentists, Twin Creeks Dentistry PLLC does not solely rely on cancellations for emergency appointments. We have slots reserved, each day, so that if you find yourself in need of emergency dental care we can usually accommodate you. For you, that means you will receive the dental treatment that you need in the shortest time possible – even on the same day.
Our team understands the pain that you, as our patient, go through when you wake up with unexpected oral health problems. We don’t think you should have to endure that pain for weeks, before being able to see a dentist. When you contact Twin Creeks Dentistry PLLC with an emergency, the team will go to work straight away and prepare your dentist for your visit. By the time you reach the clinic, your dentist will already have an idea of what is needed to relieve your pain and resolve any issues. She will carry out a full examination and any other necessary treatments, before sending you home with all the information you need to avoid further problems.
A tooth that is cracked can be painful. It also can lead to disease of the tooth.
How do you know if you have a cracked tooth?
Look for these signs:
- Sharp pain when biting down that quickly disappears.
- Pain that comes and goes.
- Pain when eating or drinking.
- Feeling that something is stuck between your teeth.
- Or you may have no signs at all.
How Can You Tell if a Tooth is Cracked?
It can be hard for you to tell if a tooth is cracked. If you have pain, you may not be able to tell which tooth hurts or whether the pain is from an upper or a lower tooth. Cracks sometimes are invisible to the eye and may not show up on an x-ray. And sometimes you won’t have any pain or sensitivity at all; your dentist will discover it during your exam. If you are having symptoms, you can help your dentist find the cracked tooth by sharing some information:
- The things that cause you tooth pain (such as heat, cold or foods that are sweet, sour or sticky).
- The area of the pain.
Why Does a Tooth Crack?
A tooth may crack for many reasons, such as the following:
- Chewing on hard objects or foods such as pencils, ice, nuts or hard candy.
- An accident, such as a blow to the mouth.
- Grinding or clenching of teeth.
- Uneven chewing pressure, especially if a nearby tooth is lost.
- Loss of tooth structure through wear.
- Loss of tooth structure due to large fillings or other restorations.
- Exposure of tooth enamel to extreme hot and cold temperatures.
Why Does a Cracked Tooth Hurt?
Sometimes, a crack in the enamel travels through to the nerve pulp. This type of cracked tooth may hurt when you bite down or when you stop biting. The crack may be too small to see, but when it opens, the pulp inside the tooth may become irritated. The pulp is soft tissue inside the center of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. If the crack extends into the pulp, the tooth may become sensitive to extreme heat and cold.
The pulp also can be affected as a result of the crack. If this happens, endodontic (root canal) treatment may be needed to save the tooth.
How is a Cracked Tooth Treated?
Treatment depends on the size, location and direction of the crack, as well as your symptoms. Your dentist will talk with you about the treatment that is best for your tooth. It is possible that your dentist will recommend no treatment at all, since tiny cracks are common and usually do not cause problems.
Types of treatment include the following:
- Repairing the tooth with a filling material.
- Placing a crown (cap) on the tooth to protect it from further damage.
- Endodontic (root canal) treatment if the pulp is involved.
- Extracting the tooth if it is severely cracked and cannot be saved.
Regular dental checkups are important, because they let your dentist diagnose and treat problems at an early stage. A cracked tooth can become a bigger problem if left untreated. If you think you may have a cracked tooth, visit your dentist.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT (ENDODONTIC)
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled. But today, a tooth can often be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment. Endodontics (en-do-DON-tics) is the branch of dentistry that deals with treating diseases or injuries to the dental pulp.
What happens if the dental pulp is injured?
The pulp is soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, treatment is needed. The most common causes of pulp inflammation or infection are a cracked or chipped tooth, a deep cavity or filling, or other serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp.
Why should the pulp be removed?
If damaged or infected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected. Pain and swelling often result. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that holds the tooth in the jaw. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.
Removing a tooth can create problems?
When a tooth is removed and not replaced, the teeth around it may shift. This can make biting and chewing difficult and may make it harder to clean your teeth. Areas that are not cleaned well are more likely to get gum disease. Root canal treatment can prevent these problems by saving your natural tooth. Also, root canal treatment is usually less expensive than a replacement tooth.
What does treatment involve?
Root canal treatment may involve one or more dental visits. Your dentist will perform the necessary steps to save your tooth:
- First, your tooth is numbed for your comfort. A thin sheet of latex rubber is placed over your tooth to keep it dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
- The tooth’s nerve, or pulp, is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal (the space inside the root). Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
- Your dentist may place medicine in the pulp chamber and root canal to help get rid of bacteria.
- The root canals are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
What materials are used for the crown?
Crowns can be made from several materials. The type chosen depends on where the tooth is located in your mouth, the amount of natural tooth left, your preferences and your dentist’s judgement about what is best for you.
How long will the restored tooth last?
When properly restored, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years. But, like any other tooth, it can become decayed or fractured or the tissue around it can get gum disease. Daily cleanings and regular dental exams will help keep your mouth healthy, whether you’ve had root canal treatment or not.
Despite our best efforts to save a tooth, sometimes extraction is the only alternative. Many factors can contribute to this – extensive trauma, decay, gum disease or badly cracked or broken teeth. We here at Twin Creeks Dentistry PLLC are committed to providing a comfortable, pain-free extraction procedure.
No one likes the idea of loosing a tooth, however there are options we can provide to fill the empty space or replace the tooth. One choice is adding implant retained dentures, which are dental implants that are attached directly into your gums securely, without sliding or slipping. These implants also look and feel like ordinary teeth. If numerous teeth need replacing, traditional and premium denture options are available as well.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding extractions or to learn more about restorative dental options, please call us at Twin Creeks Dentistry PLLC.
Natural teeth are ideal for biting, chewing and maintaining mouth and jawbone structure, which is why a dentist’s first priority is to help restore, save and repair your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable.
The dentist at Twin Creeks Dentistry PLLC will make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after your extraction procedure. This includes walking you through every step of the tooth extraction, as well as the use of local anaesthetics.
Feeling uneasy about your tooth extraction? Be sure to talk to your dentist about how you’re feeling so that they can help.