Posts for: June, 2016
How an endodontist can relieve your toothache pain
An endodontist is a dentist who has been specially trained in the practice of endodontics. Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry which treats tooth roots and the inside of teeth, an area called the pulp.
Although general dentists can also perform endodontic procedures like root canals, it is recognized that endodontists are experts in the knowledge and techniques of root canals or endodontic therapy. Dr. Philip J. Bauer is an expert endodontist located in Stamford, Connecticut who can relieve your dental pain with endodontic therapy.
The first root canals were performed in the late 1600’s, but root canal therapy has improved dramatically since then. Dr. Bauer can save teeth through root canal therapy which previously would have been extracted. He can give you back your complete smile, restore full chewing function, and relieve your pain.
Endodontists like Dr. Bauer are special in the world of dentistry because they repair the inside of your tooth. If your tooth suffers trauma, damage or decay, the pulp of your tooth can become bruised and inflamed, causing you pain. Your tooth may abscess from infection. Sometimes the infection even affects the bone in your jaw, causing bone destruction.
Dr. Bauer can repair the inside of your tooth by removing the damaged pulp, nerves and blood supply, which also removes your dental pain. He will place a sedative material inside your tooth and close the tooth temporarily. Your tooth will “calm down” over a period of time, usually a week or two. After your tooth is no longer painful, Dr. Bauer will place an inert, rubbery material called gutta-percha inside your tooth and seal the tooth permanently with a filling.
Dr. Bauer wants you to know it is usually better to keep your tooth if possible, rather than have it extracted. It’s tempting to have the tooth taken out, but once your natural tooth is gone, it is gone forever. You are then faced with an incomplete smile and less chewing function, or replacing the tooth with a costly, less-than-perfect alternative.
If you have a tooth that is painful, why not seek out the help of an expert, like Dr. Philip J. Bauer, before you decide on what to do? He can save your tooth through endodontic therapy, and you deserve to retain your natural teeth as long as possible. Call Dr. Philip J. Bauer with offices in Stamford, and Greenwich, Connecticut. Endodontics can relieve your tooth pain, so call today!
Although naturally resilient, your teeth still face some significant dangers. Tooth decay and gum disease, “enemies” within the mouth, can severely damage your teeth and eventually lead to their loss.
But there are also external dangers just as devastating — traumatic injuries that can happen in the blink of an eye. Fortunately, we can treat even the most serious of these injuries and increase the chances of an injured tooth’s survival.
Here are some of those common dental injuries:
Chipped or Fractured Teeth. This is a case where a part of the tooth has been broken but it’s still firmly rooted in the mouth. If small portions of the enamel or dentin (the next underlying layer of the tooth) have been chipped, we may be able to reattach them or fill the affected tooth area with a natural-colored filling (larger broken portions may require a complete crown). If the damage has injured or exposed the inner pulp, a root canal treatment might be in order to prevent infection and reduce pain.
Dislocated (Luxated) Teeth. A dislocation occurs when the impact moves the tooth in an abnormal way in the socket. We must first reposition the tooth and, if need be, stabilize it by splinting it to neighboring teeth. This type of injury may also require a root canal treatment.
Knocked out (Avulsed) Teeth. It’s quite possible to replant a knocked out tooth — if you act quickly. Without touching the root, the tooth should be rinsed with cold, clean water and then placed into the empty socket within five minutes of the injury. If placement isn’t possible, the tooth should be placed in a container with milk or with some of the injured person’s collected saliva (to keep the root from drying out), and sent with the injured person to treatment. We need to see the injured person as soon as possible to make sure the tooth is repositioned properly and take other measures to protect it. We’ll also need to monitor it for proper healing for awhile.
Although some injuries may be too severe to save a traumatized tooth, seeking immediate treatment certainly increases the chances for survival. If you or a family member experiences such an injury, keep calm and contact us immediately.
If you would like more information on treating dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth.”
Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.
“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.
Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.
“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.
Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?
Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.
Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a thirdÂ to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.
Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”
Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.
If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”