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By Charlotte Root Canal Center
April 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health

How a root canal from your endodontist in Charlotte, NC, can save your smiletooth pain

Do you have a toothache? You may be tempted to try and forget about it, hoping it goes away. That’s not a good idea, because if it's tooth decay, it will get worse and you may eventually need a root canal or even a tooth extraction. Dr. Ramesh K. Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC, wants to share why you shouldn’t ignore your tooth pain.

Tooth pain can be caused from a wide variety of issues. Accidents and injuries can traumatize your tooth, breaking off tooth structure and bruising the inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp. The pulp is where the blood supply and nerves are located. 

Tooth decay is another cause of tooth pain. If decay penetrates through the enamel and into the dentin layer underneath, you may have tooth pain. If the decay goes untreated and penetrates into the pulp, you probably need a root canal. If the tooth damage is too severe, you may be looking at a tooth extraction. The important take-away is, it can be painful, expensive, and dangerous to ignore your tooth pain!

If you have tried to ignore your tooth pain, you may start experiencing some of these signs and symptoms:

  • Increased dental pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Increased pain when you bite down or chew
  • Continuous aching and throbbing pain throughout the day and night
  • Tooth pain so severe you can’t sleep

You may also notice changes in your gums around the tooth root. You may see a red or white bump on your gums near the tooth root along with bleeding, drainage or pus coming from the bump. These are all indications of a dental abscess and that you need a root canal. If you avoid root canal therapy, there is a chance of acquiring dangerous facial cellulitis or a sinus, brain, or heart infection.

Instead of ignoring your tooth pain, get some help by calling Dr. Ramesh K. Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC. You deserve to enjoy a lifetime of pain-free smiles so call today!

By Charlotte Root Canal Center
February 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”