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3 Signs You Need Root Canal Therapy

3 Signs You Need Root Canal Therapy

More often than not, when people suffer from a toothache they wonder – ‘Do I need a root canal?’ The answer is, not necessarily. Yes, toothache is one of the signs of an infection, but it does not always result in the need for an endodontic treatment.

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is performed when the tooth’s pulp or nerves become infected due to cavities. Cavities do not always lead to the root canal treatment. However, when the decay is not treated in time and extends to the core of the tooth, it can then cause serious infections and may even lead to the removal of the tooth. Root canal saves your natural tooth by treating this damage. Various symptoms signify the need for a root canal. Here are some of them:

Sharp Tooth Pain

Tooth pain is one of the most common signs that you need a root canal treatment. If you experience a sharp pain while brushing, having hot or cold food or beverages or chewing, you may have a tooth infection/abscess. In such cases you may need a root canal. If you experience pain which gradually reduces, then don’t think the problem ends here. Many patients who need a root canal, experience no pain at all. This is because in some cases, the tooth nerves die due to extensive infection. As a result, you feel no sensation. 

Swelling of the Gum Area

Severe decay inside the tooth can affect the surrounding gum area and lead to swelling. This may or may not be painful. But, it can result in serious infections if not treated in time. Many patients even spot a boil or a pimple on the infected area. This can bleed and even release pus. A large localized point of swelling beside the tooth should not be neglected as it may be the symptom that you need a root canal. 

Tooth Discoloration

Cavities are a common occurrence. But if overlooked, the decay penetrates into the enamel and spreads to the tooth nerves, gradually killing them. The dead pulp can sometimes cause no pain and occasionally will cause discoloration, although this is not common. If you spot a darkened or discolored tooth, then you might require a root canal therapy. 

While these were some warning signs, increased sensitivity and swelling around the face area, are other signs you need a root canal therapy. Paying attention to these symptoms can prevent several oral health issues and preserve your natural tooth structure. If you experience a toothache, book an appointment with our dentists at Edmonton Smiles to preserve your natural, beautiful smile.
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How to Handle a Dental Emergency?

How to Handle a Dental Emergency?

No matter how well you take care of your oral health, you can be faced with an unexpected dental emergency. Oftentimes in such cases, it is difficult to get through to a dental expert right away. But, there are certain steps that you can take that would help your situation. These steps would differ based on the nature of your dental emergency in Edmonton.

Here’s a closer look at how you can handle the commonly occurring dental emergencies:

Knocked-Out Tooth

It is important that you retrieve the tooth (it is preferred that you hold it by the crown). Then, proceed to rinse off the tooth root if there are dirt particles stuck there. However, it is important to do so very carefully without damaging the tissue fragments. If possible, try reattaching the tooth back in its place but never apply too much force to do so. Store the broken tooth in milk, and try to head to the dentist as soon as possible. Depending on the severity and period of the injury, the dental expert might have a chance of reattaching it.

A Broken Jaw

A broken jaw would result in swelling or bruising and would certainly result in excruciating pain in your face or your jaw. You would be able to tell if your jaw is broken based on the mobility of your upper and lower jaw. You would also face difficulty in aligning your teeth when you close your jaw.

The only treatment for a broken jaw is to call 911 and get immediate medical attention. This is a life-threatening injury and should be dealt with expediently.

Toothache

There are many things that can cause toothaches and each cause has a different solution. Until you can get in to see your dentist, ensure the area is free of food and plaque if it isn’t too sore to clean. Avoid hot or cold foods and beverages if they are increasing the pain. And, avoid chewing on the affected area if this causes discomfort. Do not place aspirin onto the gum tissue – this will only cause extreme irritation to the gums and will not help your toothache.

Take anti-inflammatories like Advil if you are able. And most importantly, see your dentist as soon as you can.

Gum Abscess

A gum abscess would appear like a yellowish, red pimple on the surface of your gums. It generally means that either your tooth or your gum is infected. This could indicate that you need a root canal or an extraction. There is not much one could do in this scenario but to rely on the expertise of your preferred emergency dental in Edmonton.

An Object Caught Between Your Teeth

The first attempt should be trying to remove the substance very gently using your floss. If that does not work, see your dentist immediately. Certainly, avoid using any sharp or pointed objects to remove the substance.

It is recommended that you rely on dentists at Edmonton Smiles in the case of an emergency to avoid any further damage to your teeth. Our range of dental solutions enables us to handle dental emergencies of any kind and ensure the well being of your teeth.

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Can Your Dentist Help You Get Rid of Your Snoring Problem?

Can Your Dentist Help You Get Rid of Your Snoring Problem?

A good night’s sleep is necessary for your overall well-being and development. But a sleep disorder can drastically impact your sleep patterns, leaving you feeling fatigued the next day. One of the most common problems reported in Edmonton sleep clinics is snoring. And, if you’re not the only one on the bed, you can be sure that you’re also disturbing your partner.

As per a report in Snoring Canada, 40% adult men and 24% adult women are termed as habitual snorers in Canada. This just goes to show how prevalent the problem of snoring in Canada is. In some cases, snoring is a result of sleep apnea. If so, then your dentist might be able to treat this condition with ease. Our article today will focus on what is sleep apnea, and different types of treatments dentists use to treat the condition.

What is Sleep Apnea?

The federal website of the Government of Canada, states that “Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes your breathing to stop repeatedly while you sleep.” These breaks in breathing patterns usually last for a period of 10 to 30 seconds. And, they tend to occur repeatedly.

One of the most common types of apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. The rarer types include mixed apnea and central apnea. And loud snoring is considered to be one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea.

How Can a Dentist Help Treat Snoring Problem?

Just like Edmonton sleep clinics, dental clinics too have treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring. The most common types of therapy are the CPAP therapy and the Oral appliance therapy.

At Edmonton Smiles, the concerned doctor will first refer you to a level 3 sleep test. After assessing the results of the test, the doctor will recommend you to opt for a trial CPAP therapy. If you fail to respond favorably to this treatment, then the doctor will suggest an oral appliance therapy.  Let’s take a closer look at both the treatment options.

  • CPAP Therapy

During sleep apnea, the air passage to your lungs tends to get narrower, which results in snoring.  A CPAP machine uses continuous positive airway pressure to keep the throat more fully open throughout the night, to prevent breathing stoppages that reduces or eliminates snoring.

  • Oral Appliance Therapy

Another commonly used treatment for snoring is the oral appliance therapy. In this treatment, your dentist will custom-fit an oral appliance in your mouth to reduce your snoring patterns. It is known to be an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. There are many types of oral appliances used to for this problem. After evaluating your condition and checking your test results, your dentist will suggest a suitable option for you.

Once you get your appliance, you will have to go for follow-up appointments to your dentist. Every visit will ensure your device fits perfectly in your mouth. Oral appliance therapy is a long-term treatment, and with the help of your dentist, you will be able to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

If you have been looking for an Edmonton sleep clinic, then get in touch with us at Edmonton Smiles. We will be more than happy to help you with your sleep-related and dental problems.

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5 Reasons To Get A Dental Clean Up Done Regularly

5 Reasons To Get A Dental Clean Up Done Regularly

The importance of maintaining good oral health is taught to us since our childhood. Regular brushing and flossing are important aspects of good oral hygiene, and this has been instilled in us since we were kids. But, another important aspect of oral health – regular visits to a dental hygienist – is often neglected. For strong and healthy teeth and gums, it is recommended to get regular cleanings done by a dental hygienist in Edmonton every six months. In spite of being aware of this, many people compromise on their dental appointments due to the lack of time or to save a few dollars. However, doing so can lead to serious oral conditions and a big hole in your pocket. If you’ve been thinking to miss your upcoming dental cleaning appointment, then here are some reasons why you shouldn’t :-

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7 Tips To Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Holiday Season

7 Tips To Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Holiday Season

The festive season is here and we sure you are all set to enjoy the sweets and savories during the celebrations. And, enjoying the seasonal delicacies can be a delight for your teeth as well provided you maintain good oral hygiene. It feels terrible when your tooth starts aching and you discover a cavity that restricts you from feasting during the festivities. But, following these tips given by an Edmonton dentist you can keep your teeth healthy this holiday season:

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All You Need To Know About Dental Bridges

All You Need To Know About Dental Bridges

One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the beauty and aesthetics of your smile. Missing teeth can cause difficulty in biting, shifting of teeth, impairment of speech and temporomandibular joint disorder. You can overcome this defect by the use of dental bridges. Here’s all you need to know about dental bridges.

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