Signs You Need a Tooth Extraction

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Signs You Need a Tooth Extraction 

Many people visit their dentist in Easton, PA, for a tooth extraction. Why? Well, there are several reasons why your tooth isn’t worth saving. Tooth extractions are typically the last resort at College Hill Dental Group. Below, Dr. Moghadam explores signs you need a tooth extraction

Tooth Pain

Tooth pain doesn’t necessarily mean tooth extraction. However, tooth extraction may be necessary if you have tried everything to eliminate the tooth pain and it hasn’t worked. 

For example:

  • Tooth pain post filling, root canal, or crown.
  • Stubborn tooth Infection 
  • Chronic tooth pain

Crowding

Tooth crowding can cause dental chaos. When crowding occurs, it can be detrimental to the look and feel of your smile. Many patients who face crowding will undergo a tooth extraction. In some cases, the patient’s baby teeth never fall out, so they must get a tooth extraction. If you choose not to fix your overcrowded teeth, you could develop the following problems:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease 
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Misaligned Teeth

Gum Disease

Inadequate oral health care will lead to gum disease or periodontal disease. This affects both your gums and teeth. Additionally, gum disease affects about 50% of adults in the United States. Bacteria will eat away from the bones that hold your teeth, and eventually, your teeth can begin to decay, making everyday tasks difficult. Bacterial infection can also spread from tooth to tooth. If gum disease is left untreated, you’ll end up with a tooth infection or a “dead tooth.” 

Your dentist can suggest removal of your teeth if:

  • The tooth has been abscessed and contaminated
  • The tooth is loose and is not protected
  • The infection spreads to bones, other teeth, or soft tissues.

Routine cases of gum disease usually do not require dental extraction says our friend Dr. Kacos, an endodontist in Shreveport, LA. It is only when the infection or tooth decay becomes very severe that tooth removal may be necessary to avoid the spread of the infection and to protect other teeth.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

One of the most common signs you need a tooth extraction is impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth become impacted when there’s not enough room in your mouth for the tooth to develop properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can be dangerous because they not only cause pain but also can cause your permanent teeth to shift.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

Accidents and injuries happen all the time. If your teeth are affected, then contact an emergency dentist in Easton, PA. Our dentists will do everything we can to save your tooth. In the event that your permanent tooth must come out, we will work with you to determine the best restorative dentistry option, whether that be dental implants or dentures.

Contact a Dental Office in Easton, PA

Everyone’s smile is unique, which means you’ll need to visit your dentist in Easton, PA, to determine the best course of action. College Hill Dental Group is happily accepting new patients. We also leave room for emergency dental appointments. Contact us today to learn how we can better serve you. 

How to Treat a Toothache

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How to Treat a Toothache

February 9th, 2021, is National Toothache Day! Most of us have experienced a toothache at one point in our lives. If you have, you know how painful toothaches can be and that they don’t just go away on their own. In the following article, emergency dentists in Easton, PA, share different ways on how to treat a toothache.

What to Do If You Get a Toothache 

Any toothaches that come from pressure outside (but not inside) your tooth will get easier without going to the dentist. Pressure caused by redness in the gums will be healed within just a few days. Try not to chew about the infected area at this period. Eat soft foods, avoid hot or cold foods while your teeth are still sensitive.

How to Relieve Your Toothache at Home

Below are a few ways Dr. Moghahdam suggests temporarily relieving your toothache:

  • Rinsing with warm salt water is an old trick. Saltwater can release debris between your teeth, act as a disinfectant, and reduce inflammation. Stir a 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt in a bottle of warm water and clean your mouth thoroughly.
  • Rinse in peroxide and hydrogen. Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent solution) helps minimize inflammation and discomfort. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide with equivalent sections of the water and rinse thoroughly. Don’t swallow it.
  • Use a cold compress. Keep a cool compress of ice covered in a towel to the sore region for 20 minutes for swelling and discomfort. Repeat a couple of hours.
  • Use Anti-Inflammatory Medication. Over-the-counter pain medications can relieve pain and inflammation. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®). Do not give an infant under 16 years of age aspirin; instead, use Tylenol.
  • Try clove oil, say our friends at Park Boulevard Family Dentistry, a dental office in Pinellas, FL. A natural antiseptic that induces discomfort and decreases inflammation. Put a small amount of clove oil on a cotton ball and add to a sore area. Or apply a drop of clove oil to a bottle of water and clean your mouth thoroughly.
  • Extract of vanilla. Vanilla extract alcohol causes discomfort temporarily, and the antioxidants allow the area to recover. Using your fingers or cotton ball, and add the extract to your teeth and gum a few times a day.
  • Tee with peppermint. The relaxing effects of peppermint can be added to a sore region with a refrigerated peppermint tea bag. Keep this wet tea bag between your teeth and your gum.
  • It’s garlic. Prepare a paste of crushed garlic clove and add to the infected area. Garlic can destroy bacteria (containing antimicrobial allicin) and relieve pain.

Visiting Your Easton PA Dentist for a Toothache

Temporary, home-made pain relief will not be enough if the toothache continues. Contact our dental office in Easton, PA, if your toothache gets worse. 

Our dental staff will happily see you for an emergency dental visit. We will likely ask you the following questions:

  • Where’s the pain located?
  • When did it begin?
  • How bad is that?
  • What makes the suffering unbearable, and what gives you relief?

During your full mouth evaluation, we will check your lips, eyes, gums, jaws, tongue, lungs, sinuses, head, nose, and neck. We will also take dental X-rays to your teeth to better demonstrate the source of your toothache.

How Will the Dentist Treat My Toothache? 

Your treatment for your toothache will depend on the dental problem. After further assessment of your mouth, we will create a custom treatment plan and go over it with you:

  •  If you have a hole in your tooth, we will patch the cavity, perform a root canal, or, if necessary, extract your tooth. 
  • A root canal may be required if the source of the toothache is an inflammation of the nerve of the tooth. Bacteria, which have worked their way into the inner space of the root of the tooth, induce inflammation. This is the best solution if you have severe decay but are still able to save your tooth.
  • An antibiotic may be recommended if there is fever or swelling in the jaw. 

No matter what the cause of your toothache is, we’re more than happy to help treat it. Our modern dental office is well equipped to handle just about any dental emergency. Contact College Hill Dental Group today if you’re experiencing a dental emergency or would just like to schedule an appointment.