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By Dr. Brian Gniadek
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canals offer a very effective way to treat inflammations and infections in a tooth and prevent tooth loss. Lindenhurst, IL, dentist Dr. root canalBrian Gniadek shares signs that may occur if you can benefit from a root canal.

One or more of these symptoms may be a sign of trouble

Toothaches are common if you need a root canal. Because you can't tell if a cavity, gum disease, an infection or another condition is responsible for your pain, you'll need to visit our Lindenhurst office for an examination and X-ray.

It's never a good idea to overlook pain, even if it seems fairly mild. Although sinus congestion can cause tooth pain, the pain usually goes away in a few weeks. Pain due to an inflammation or infection doesn't get better without treatment. If you need a root canal, you may notice that chewing on the tooth or taking a gulp of hot coffee or ice water can temporarily increase your pain.

If the severity of your pain increases suddenly and substantially, you might have an abscess in the tooth. Abscesses are bacterial infections that can cause swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling or a small pus-filled bump on your gum. Because abscesses are dental emergencies, you'll need to call us immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

Other signs that may indicate that you need a root canal can include darkening of the tooth or red, swollen gums around your tooth.

Root canal therapy can ease your pain

When an inflammation or infection affects the soft pulp at the center of your tooth, the only way to treat the condition is with a root canal. Although many people assume that root canals are painful, difficult procedures, the therapy is actually very similar to filling cavities.

After your tooth is opened, the pulp is removed, and the root canals that give the procedure its name are cleaned and shaped with tiny files. Before you receive a temporary filling, an antibiotic will be added to the tooth to prevent infection. In most cases, you'll return to our Lindenhurst office in about a week to receive a permanent filling. Once your pulp is removed, you'll no longer feel any pain, although it may take a week or two for sensitivity to decrease.

Ignoring pain or changes in a tooth is never a good idea. Call Lindenhurst, IL, dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek at (847) 265-9070 if you experience any of the above signs.


ThreeReasonswhyYourSixYearOldShouldUndergoanOrthodonticCheck

It would seem the best time to turn your attention to orthodontic problems with your child is when their permanent teeth have come in around early puberty. In fact, you should be attentive much earlier at around 6 years of age.

Here are 3 reasons why an early orthodontic evaluation could be beneficial to your child’s dental health.

We may be able to detect the first signs of a malocclusion. Also known as a poor bite, it’s possible for an experienced dentist or orthodontist to notice the beginning of a malocclusion as the permanent teeth start coming in between ages 6 and 12. Crowding of teeth, abnormal space between teeth, crooked, protruding or missing teeth are all signs that the teeth are not or will not be coming in properly and some type of treatment will eventually be necessary to correct it.

We might spot problems with jaw or facial development. Not all malocclusions arise from faulty erupting teeth position: sometimes they’re caused by abnormal development of the jaw and facial structure. For example, an orthodontist can detect if the upper jaw is developing too narrowly, which can create a malocclusion known as a cross bite. The difference in the source of a malocclusion will determine what present or future treatment will be needed.

We can perform “interceptive” treatment. While braces won’t typically be undertaken until the permanent teeth have come in, there are other treatments that can “intercept” a growing problem to eliminate or lessen future treatment needs. Orthodontists may recommend appliances that help guide incoming teeth, coax impacted teeth to come in fully or expand portions of the upper jaw to normal dimensions.

As with other areas of health, the earlier orthodontic problems are found the better the chances of a successful and less interventional outcome. By having your child examined orthodontically you may be saving money and future difficulties.

If you would like more information on when to begin monitoring bite development in your child, 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 “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”


UnderstandingtheAgingProcessLeadstoMoreEffectiveOrthodontics

If you’ve ever looked at younger photos of yourself, you’re sure to notice differences with your present appearance. Of course, your basic features might appear much the same. But maybe your lips seemed a little thicker back then, or your nose a bit less prominent.

This is because your facial features don’t stop growing when you reach adulthood—they continue to change throughout your life. For example, lips reach their maximum thickness by around age 14 for girls or age 16 for boys; they’ll remain at that level of thickness for a few years before gradually thinning throughout adulthood. The nose will also continue to grow, becoming more prominent especially as changes in the lower part of the face can make the chin appear shorter.

Although each of us ages at different rates and in different ways, these general physical trends are somewhat predictable. That’s why we can use the knowledge of how our facial physiology changes with age to fine tune orthodontic or other cosmetic dental treatments. The most optimum approach is to consider treatment in the early stages of bite development during childhood or early adolescence.

This means we’re doing more than correcting a patient’s current bite: we’re also taking into account how tooth movement now might affect the jaw and facial structures later in life. By incorporating our understanding of age-related changes into our treatment we might be able to provide some hedge against the effects of aging.

This approach starts with early comprehensive dental care, preferably before a child’s first birthday, and an orthodontic evaluation at around age 6 to assess bite development. It may also be necessary to initiate interceptive treatment at an early age to lessen or even eliminate a growing bite problem to help ease the extent of future treatment. And if a bite requires correction, early evaluation can help create a timetable for effective treatment in later years.

Taking this approach can correct problems now affecting both dental health and appearance. But by acknowledging the aging process in our treatments, we can build the foundation for a beautiful smile well into the future.

If you would like more information on keeping an attractive smile throughout your life, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.