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Does a Root Canal Hurt?

The thought of getting a root canal can put you on edge, the fact is there is a myth swirling around that root canals cause extreme pain. While painful root canals might have been the case decades ago, with today’s anesthetics and modern technology, most people don’t feel any more discomfort than having a routine cavity filled. In fact, for many people, being in need of a root canal is more painful than the actual procedure itself.

Why Are Root Canals Performed?

A root canal is performed to save a tooth that is infected, inflamed or badly decayed. If the pulp (comprised of soft tissues housing the nerves and blood vessels of your tooth) became damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply. The tooth then can become inflamed, decayed or infected, potentially leading to a tooth abscess.

The dentist performs a root canal to remove the damaged pulp, then cleans and seals the tooth. The longer you postpone getting a needed root canal, the more risk your chance to save your tooth.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

Only your dentist can tell you definitively if you need a root canal, but several signs might indicate you need the procedure. These include:

  • Having tooth sensitivity, especially to touch or hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • Severe toothache, which becomes more pronounced when you chew or apply pressure.
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth.
  • Tender or swollen gums

Steps Your Trans Dental Dentist Takes to Avoid a Painful Root Canal

Before your root canal, your dentist numbs the tooth and surrounding area to prevent you from experienced pain. If you’re particularly anxious about having a root canal, your dentist might be able to provide you with a calming medicine, such as nitrous oxide.

After your root canal, you may experience mild pain or discomfort for a few days. You can apply an ice pack to soothe any discomfort or take an over-the-counter medication, like ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. Your dentist may also recommend you gargling with saltwater.

Endodontics (Root Canals) at Trans Dental

At Trans Dental, PC, root canals are one of our specialties. We utilize modern technology and compassionate, nurturing care that comes with any Trans Dental procedure, including our root canals. After all, that’s why our tag line is “Gentle Family Dentistry”.

Call Tran Dental at 210-674-3700 or request an appointment online to schedule a San Antonio endodontics and root canal consultation with one of our dentists today!

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Causes of Tooth Pain

If you ask most people, tooth pain is among their least favorite things to experience — and for good reason. After all, tooth pain not only hurts significantly, it interferes with everyday activities necessary to sustain life, such as eating and drinking. Tooth pain can vary from sharp and sporadic to dull and throbbing as well as everything in between. The following are some of the most common causes of tooth pain.

Cavities

Cavities are probably the most common reason why people experience tooth pain. Cavities occur when tooth decay has resulted in holes in the teeth. Your dentist will install a filling if a cavity is found to stop the cavity from growing larger and check the spread of decay on the affected tooth. Loss of fillings can also cause considerable tooth pain.

Abscesses

An abscessed tooth is one that has become infected. You’ll notice significant swelling and redness of the gums as well as the presence of pus if you have an abscessed tooth. It is essential to see your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth because the infection can spread to other parts of your body.

Fractures or Breakage

Fractured or broken teeth occur as a result of injuries. For instance, if you play on a sports team, you run the risk of experiencing the kind of injuries that result in fractures or breakage. Although broken teeth are obvious, you could possibly experience a fracture without even knowing it, so be sure to make an appointment with your dentist if you suspect that you have a fractured tooth.

Infected Gums

There are times when a toothache is caused by something other than the teeth — such as when you’ve got infected gums. The most common causes of gum infections is bacterial buildup, and this may lead to gingivitis or its far more serious counterpart, periodontal disease. Infected gums often manifest themselves as tooth pain, so if you suspect that this condition may be occurring, see your dentist as soon as possible to get a thorough gum disease screening. The sooner this is diagnosed, the sooner your dentist can prescribe effective troubleshooting treatments.

Please feel free to reach out to our office at your convenience to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing tooth pain or other dental health issues.

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Dental Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge in San Antonio, TX is a viable solution. Here at Tran Dental PC, we create perfect smiles with the permanent dental implants along with bridges supported by pontic and abutment teeth. The differences range from price to the span of the bridgework your dental work needs. Learn more about dental bridges to see how you can get started with your own dental care.

What are Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a set of teeth with at least one tooth in the middle that is false and supported by at least one real tooth. You can get a dental insert that is a single bridge, or bridgework that is supported by real teeth on each side. Dental bridges can be made from various materials including metal alloy coated with resin, composite resin, or zirconia. The type of materials will depend on your budget, finished look, and other dental concerns, such as gingivitis.

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Do I Need a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is ideal for replacing a missing tooth or more than one tooth. If you want to replace a tooth for the long term, a dental bridge will last for 5 to 15 years according to how well you care for them. If you get a dental implant your dental bridge is permanent as it is screwed into the jawbone and fused with a titanium rod.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are four main types of dental bridges. The most common dental bridges are the traditional and cantilever bridges that have three teeth within the bridgework. The Maryland bridge uses porcelain or metal for the framework to attach the bridge to the existing teeth. Finally, an implant-supported dental bridge uses a dental implant, typically a titanium screw, to attach the tooth to the jawbone.

Request Dental Bridge Services in San Antonio, TX

Here at Tran Dental PC in San Antonio, TX we offer dental bridge work for your entire family using gentle family dentistry. Contact our office at 210-674-3700 to schedule an appointment with Tran Dental PC for dental bridges.