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Why Could Your Tooth Hurt After Getting a Root Canal?
Posted on 9/25/2019 by Ralph Becker
A root canal is a procedure that should solve a problem. It should remove any infection around a tooth, and it should mean that you can return to your normal routines. But what happens if after you get a root canal, your tooth begins to hurt. You need to know the difference between normal pain after the procedure and pain that signals there is a problem that needs to be checked on. Facts About Root Canals A root canal is a procedure that involves removing the diseased pulp in a tooth while preserving the rest of the tooth. It is supposed to stop the pain that comes from a tooth with a deep cavity that can reach the nerves. A root canal requires an anesthetic to prevent any pain from the procedure. That anesthetic will wear off shortly after the procedure, but you may experience some effects of the procedure for a time after it is done. It is important to know what is normal and what type of pain is not normal after a root canal so you know what to do about it. After a Root Canal It is normal to have swelling and discomfort after a root canal. That can last for a few days. During this time, you should manage any pain or other symptoms with over the counter medications and a good oral hygiene routine. There are some cases when a problem with the root canal procedure is the cause of the tooth pain. It is possible that during the procedure, the tissue surrounding the root canal has some damage from the instruments. This can cause the area surrounding the root canal to experience additional pain and sensitivity. Another common cause is a temporary filling that is too high. A high filling will cause discomfort when you put pressure on it. This is something that will stop when a new, permanent filling is put in place. Anytime you feel pain or discomfort after a root canal or any other procedure, you can call our office to ask if it is something to worry about. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment to help you with anything regarding your oral health....

What Treating Gum Disease Can Do for the Rest of Your Body
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Ralph Becker
The gums prime responsibility is to hold the teeth in place, but they also protect against inflammation. If they don't do that, you are at risk for health problems like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even low birth weight babies or premature childbirth. Gum disease may hurt the inside of your mouth, but it also can affect your entire body. The disease can spread into your circulatory system and travel to other parts of your body. Researchers have even reported that gum disease, if untreated, could result in death. How Gum Disease Can Affect the Rest of Your Body The cause of infections outside of your mouth from gum disease is because the hostile bacteria in your mouth travel up and down through your bloodstream. The bacteria will group in other areas of your body and continue to populate those areas. The hostile bugs found in your mouth are the same reproducing bacteria that can be found in the arteries of people who have heart disease. The body fights these bacteria by swelling up. Your gums become swollen because more blood in the area means more white blood cells to fight the bacteria. When flossing your teeth or brushing, if you see blood or it is painful and swollen, it's a sign you probably have an infection the body is responding to. You combat this by practicing correct oral health habits. Brush your teeth twice per day for two minutes. Floss one time each day. Use a mouthwash at the end that has fluoride. Make this a daily routine that you follow. It will slowly kill off the bacteria in your mouth. Next, give our office a call and get your teeth professionally deep cleaned. Don't forget to ask us about the best cleaning schedule for your teeth. Some situations require cleanings 3-4 months apart until the bacteria are completely gone. You can also inquire from us about if you would benefit by having us add a protective coating and sealant....

How a Damaged Smile Can Impact Your Future
Posted on 8/25/2019 by Ralph Becker
Do you hate your smile because you have chipped or broken teeth? Maybe your teeth are stained. No matter what the reason is, if you're embarrassed about your smile, it can do more than just make you self-conscious. Your damaged smile can actually impact your future in a few different, negative ways.Social SituationsIf you don't want to smile when meeting someone new or when spending time with your friends, they may start to think you don't like them. Some people may think you're not very friendly or that you don't like them, even if that's not the case at all. If you do smile, people may notice your teeth, and while some may not care, others may ask you personal questions you don't feel comfortable answering.Your EmploymentIn an ideal world, getting a job will always involve being evaluated for your skills and knowledge, not your looks. However, the sad truth is that we don't live in such a world, and many employers do judge you based on your appearance. This is especially true for jobs in customer service, television, and other positions that deal with the public. You may find that you get passed over for such jobs even if you're incredibly qualified because you don't have a perfect smile.Your RelationshipsFinally, just like employment, some people do base their relationships more about how you look than on who you are. They may find your damaged smile unappealing or may even be embarrassed to be seen with you. It's not nice, and many would say it's certainly not right, but unfortunately it is how some people are. If you're done with your damaged smile, we're here to help. Whether you just need a few fillings or minor repairs to your teeth or want to replace them with dentures or implants, we can give you back your perfect smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment....

All Posts:
Why Could Your Tooth Hurt After Getting a Root Canal?
What Treating Gum Disease Can Do for the Rest of Your Body
How a Damaged Smile Can Impact Your Future
Getting Straighter Teeth Can Boost Your Oral Health
Essential Oils That Can Improve Oral Health
Why Is It So Important to Remain Hydrated for Optimal Oral Health?
Three Most Common Types of Dental Cleanings You Can Get in Our Office
Parsley Can Give You Better Breath
When Teeth Begin to Chip, You Need to Get Them Treated
What We Do During Each of Your Dental Checkups
Life May Get Busy But You Still Need to Prioritize Your Oral Health
It Is Never Good When Teeth Move Around As You Sleep
Top 3 Problems to Expect if You Chew Ice
Things to Ask Us at Your Next Appointment
Best Methods for Stopping Tooth Decay
Benefits Oil Pulling Can Provide
Mouth Guards Can Give You a Lot of Oral Protection
Most People Do Not Put Enough Urgency Behind a Toothache
What to Do if You Haven't Been to the Dentist in Many Years
What to Do About Toothaches Following Fillings
Cold Air Can Cause Toothaches
Chewing Tobacco is Really No Better Than Smoking Where Your Oral Health is Concerned
Vegetables That Can Reduce Dental Stains
Does Tooth Pain Cause Migraines?
Does Pregnancy Change Your Dental Needs?
When Does Sleep Apnea Require Treatment?
What Your Teeth Get When You Spend Time Out in the Sun
Ways Lasers Can Improve the Health of Your Mouth

Ralph J. Becker, D.D.S., P.C.
7007 Davison Rd
Davison, MI 48423-2005

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