Taking the right actions in a dental emergency can make all the difference between saving or losing a tooth—do you know what to do in case your child has a terrible toothache or you break one of your own teeth? If you live in or around Arlington, it’s very simple: call Dr. Ravi Doctor. He and our team are able to handle any emergency quickly and effectively, and we can even move our schedule around to see patients the same day that they call in so they can get the relief they need as fast as possible with emergency dentistry in Arlington.
Persistent dental pain can be the result of an infection, a crack in the enamel, or just something being stuck in between the teeth. After gently cleaning around the hurting tooth, if the problem continues, take an OTC medication and apply a cold compress to the face.
Use a cold compress to manage any pain and keep swelling under control. Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, and if the remaining tooth has a rough edge, make sure it’s covered either with some sugarless gum or dental wax—this will prevent it from injuring the inside of the mouth.
You need to move quickly in this scenario, as a fully knocked out tooth can only be put back into place within an hour or so of the initial incident. Recover the tooth, give it a quick rinse while NOT touching the root, and attempt to put it back into its socket. If this won’t work, it can be stored between the cheek and gums or in a container with milk or saltwater--the tooth needs to stay wet to keep it viable for reattachment!
Recover the restoration, clean off any debris, and try to put it back onto the tooth. A little bit of toothpaste should help it stay in place. Avoid chewing with the tooth, and if you develop any pain or sensitivity, take an OTC medication.
Root Canal Therapy
Ouch! You woke up this morning, and suddenly that small toothache you’ve been ignoring all week has turned into a serious throbbing pain. While fillings are typically all that’s needed to stop minor dental pain, in severe cases, a root canal is often the best solution. Despite its dubious reputation, this procedure is actually virtually painless when performed by Dr. Doctor, and it’s able to save even the most damaged teeth from extraction! Rather than sitting and suffering from your hurting tooth, give him a call today so he can start fixing it right away with root canal therapy in Arlington.
How a root canal actually works
If you come to see Dr. Doctor with a hurting tooth, he’ll start by giving you an exam to figure out what is causing the problem. If he determines that you need a root canal, the procedure will involve the following steps:
- He’ll start by numbing the tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic
- A small hole will be placed in the enamel to allow access to the pulp
- The diseased pulp will be removed
- The interior of the tooth will be cleaned, sanitized, and filled
- A temporary restoration will be placed on the tooth, and at a follow-up appointment, the tooth will be further rebuilt with a dental crown
For most patients, the entire procedure takes about 60-90 minutes, and many report feeling next to nothing while in the chair. Afterward, a little swelling or tenderness is normal, but this should go away after a few days. Thanks to Dr. Doctor, your treated tooth will be able to look and function normally for many years to come.
Root canal surgery
If an infection in the dental pulp is left alone, it can actually spread beyond the root of a tooth and into the nearby jawbone. To fix this type of problem, a procedure called an apicoectomy has to be performed. Dr. Doctor can do this himself, and it will involve making a small hole in the bone near the tooth, removing all of the infected tissue, sealing off the root of a tooth to prevent further infection, and then suturing the area closed.
Root canal coverage
Root recession is possible thanks to a connective tissue graft. Useful careful precision, the dentist can make small incisions that provide just enough room for the graft. Using tissue harvested from the palate, it is placed into the space, covering the root. Extending beyond the defect, nutrients are able to feed the graft. Tissues and sutures may or may not be covered with protective packing. One the sutures dissolve, the graft blends with adjacent attach gingival tissue. It’s also important to note that there are limits to this type of procedure.