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By STEVEN M. ERLANDSON, DDS
July 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Do you have ongoing tooth pain? Maybe you're experiencing severe, lingering tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink. Have you Root_Canalbeen avoiding chewing on one side of your mouth because it hurts to bite down? These and other signs could indicate that you need a root canal to save a dying tooth.

If you are having tooth pain similar to that described above, your family dentist, Dr. Steven Erlandson, can be your root canal expert in Grand Forks, ND.

 

Root canal symptoms

A root canal is a procedure that treats pain and removes dead tooth nerves to preserve your natural tooth. Common root canal symptoms include:

  • Sharp pain when biting down on food. This can be caused by tooth decay, a cracked tooth, a filling, or damage to tooth pulp.
  • Aching that lingers for 30 seconds or more after eating hot or cold foods. This symptom indicates irreversible damage to your tooth pulp.
  • Shooting pains in the tooth or gums that are bad enough to wake you up at night. This is a symptom of a tooth infection, or a dying tooth root.
  • Constant pain in the tooth or gums. This indicates an abscessed tooth.

Each of these symptoms suggests that the pulp inside your tooth is dead or dying, and may even have an infection. The infection is referred to as an abscessed tooth, which can usually be saved with root canal therapy.

When you experience these warning signs, it is important to seek dental care as soon as possible. If you wait to get help from a dental professional, you limit the chance that your natural tooth can be saved.

Root canal therapy allows your family dentist in Grand Forks, ND, to keep the structure of your real tooth, while eliminating the source of your pain.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you are experiencing some or all of the symptoms mentioned above, it may be time for an appointment. Call your family dentist today at (701) 772-6581 to schedule a root canal consultation in the Grand Forks, ND, area.


By Steven M. Erlandson, DDS
July 09, 2019
Category: Oral Health
3WaystoHelpYourChildRelaxattheDentist

Regular dental visits are an important part of teeth and gum health at any age, including young children. But the clinical nature of a dental office can be intimidating to children and create in them an anxiety that could carry over into adulthood and disrupt future care.

You can, though, take steps to "de-stress" your child's dental visits. Here are 3 ways to reduce your child's dental anxiety.

Start visits early. Most dentists and pediatricians recommend your child's first visit around age one. By then, many of their primary teeth have already erupted and in need of monitoring and decay prevention measures. Beginning visits early rather than later in childhood also seems to dampen the development of dental visit anxiety.

Take advantage of sedation therapy. Even with the best calming efforts, some children still experience nervousness during dental visits. Your dentist may be able to help by administering a mild sedative before and during a visit to help your child relax. These medications aren't the same as anesthesia, which numbs the body from pain—they simply take the edge off your child's anxiety while leaving them awake and alert. Coupled with positive reinforcement, sedation could help your child have a more pleasant dental visit experience.

Set the example. Children naturally follow the behavior and attitudes of their parents or caregivers. If they see you taking your own hygiene practices seriously, they're more likely to do the same. Similarly, if they notice you're uncomfortable during a dental visit, they'll interpret that as sufficient reason to feel the same way. So, treat going to the dentist as an "adventure," with a reward at the end. And stay calm—if you're calm and unafraid, they can be too.

If you would like more information on effective dental care for kids, 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”