Causes of Root Canal
I would like you to know some of the important causes of root canal infections before moving onto the root canal symptoms.
The most common cause of a root canal infection is tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when a person fails to take proper care of his tooth by not following the basic dental care. Accidents that have caused serious tooth damages are also the common reason of root canal infection. People who have met with an accident during their childhood or have been hit very badly on the tooth can develop tooth decay in adulthood. Another very important cause of root canal is tooth fracture. Tooth fracture is a severe damage to tooth, which can happen while chewing hard foods or chewing ice.
Symptoms of Root Canal
Necessity of a root canal arises when a person is showing any of the following symptoms.
This is the most common symptom that a person shows. Toothache experienced while chewing food or while drinking very cold or very hot drinks, needs medical attention. Moreover, experiences of toothache even on touching need to be treated with a proper root canal treatment.
Sometimes, teeth start losing their color, which can also be said to be a sign of a root canal. However, make sure that with this symptom it is exactly the root canal that is facing a problem. As sometimes, factors such as aging or tobacco consumption (smoking or chewing tobacco ) are also responsible for the teeth discoloration.
Toothache, goes up to such an extent that it may trouble the person even in his sleep. Toothache can often wake up the person, resulting into frequent sleep disturbances. In such cases, it is better to consult a dentist for a root canal treatment.
Swelling of Gums
Many a times, swelling of gums occurs. Many a times, this swelling resembles a pimple and when pressed releases pus or blood.
On some occasions, pain begins in one teeth but then it is stimulated in some other organs of the body, mostly ear and head. The back tooth is very much near to the ear. Therefore, suppose there is pain in the back tooth of the left side, then it might stimulate pain in the left ear, resulting in ear problems such as ear ache!
Hopefully, this article on root canal will help you in detecting root canal symptoms and signs. However, if you notice such symptoms, do not conclude that you have a root canal problem Rather, see a dentist and find out the exact reason, as well as a proper treatment that will relieve you of the pain. The dentist would also provide you with some tips on maintaining dental health and hygiene to keep those teeth, pearly white and shining.
ORAL SURGERY / POST OP
Oral Surgery/Post Op
Sometimes the after-effects of oral surgery are quite minimal, so not all of the instructions may apply. Common sense will often dictate what you should do. However, when in doubt follow these guidelines or call our office for clarification.
Day of Surgery
Bite down gently but firmly on the gauze packs that have been placed over the surgical areas, making sure they remain in place. Do not change them for the first hour unless the bleeding is not controlled. The packs may be gently removed after one hour. If active bleeding persists, place enough new gauze to obtain pressure over the surgical site for another 30 minutes. The gauze may then be changed as necessary (typically every 30 to 45 minutes). It is best to moisten the gauze with tap water and loosely fluff for more comfortable positioning.
Do not disturb the surgical area today. Do NOT rinse vigorously or probe the area with any objects. You may brush your teeth gently. PLEASE DO NOT SMOKEfor at least 48 hours, since this is very detrimental to healing and may cause a dry socket.
Intermittent bleeding or oozing overnight is normal. Bleeding may be controlled by placing fresh gauze over the areas and biting on the gauze for 30 to 45 minutes at a time. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE GAUZE IN MOUTH WHILE SLEEPING.
Bleeding should never be severe. If so, it usually means that the packs are being clenched between teeth only are not exerting pressure on the surgical areas. Try repositioning the packs. If bleeding persists or becomes heavy you may substitute a tea bag (soaked in very hot water, squeezed damp-dry and wrapped in a moist gauze) for 20 or 30 minutes. If bleeding remains uncontrolled, please call our office.
Swelling and bruising is often associated with oral surgery. It can be minimized by using a cold pack, ice bag or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel and applied firmly to the check adjacent to the surgical area. This should be applied twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off during the first 24 hours after surgery. If you have been prescribed medicine for the control of swelling, be sure to take it as directed.
Unfortunately most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. You will usually have a prescription for pain medication. If you take the first pill before the anesthetic has worn off, you should be able to manage any discomfort better. Some patients find that stronger pain medicine causes nausea, but if you precede each pain pill with a small amount of food, chances for nausea will be reduced. The effects of pain medications vary widely among individuals. Your pain medication should be taken as directed. Remember that the most severe pain is usually within six hours after the local anesthetic wears off, after that your need for medicine should lessen. If you find you are taking large amounts of pain medicine at frequent intervals, please call our office. If you anticipate needing more prescription medication, you must call for a refill or make an appointment to be seen.