November 6, 2015
Root canal infection, like many oral health issues is more devastating because these infections are usually preventable. At Dr. William L. Eick’s Rocky River, OH dental practice, we emphasize preventive dentistry to avoid extensive procedures such as root canal therapy. When the alternative is an extracted or severely compromised tooth, root canal therapy is a safe, effective means of preserving dental structure. Most root canal infection occurs due to tooth decay or trauma, and in both cases, there are typically steps that can be taken to avoid the necessity of root canal treatment.
September 11, 2015
Many people have heard of a root canal before but knowing why a patient is in need of one is often confused. Tooth decay is a constantly trying to hold your teeth ransom. Brushing and flossing help tooth decay from overpowering your teeth, as well as coming in for a general checkup. However, there may be tooth decay that you’re missing during your brushing and flossing routine or you simply can’t see it because it’s located in a hard-to-see area of the mouth. When tooth decay becomes excessive, it can invade your tooth and leave your oral health in shambles.
At our office in Rocky River, OH, we offer gentle root canal treatment for patients that are experiencing extreme tooth pain caused by excessive tooth decay. A cavity is the most common result of tooth decay that hasn’t been properly treated. Though they vary in size and scope, cavities all share the same tooth-destroying properties that can leave your oral health hanging in the balance. Dr. Eick is the dentist Rocky River residents can trust to deliver maximum comfort for a deep cavity. Root canals are a common procedure and shouldn’t be feared. We’re well aware of the stereotype root canals receive, but technology has advanced over the years to where treatment isn’t painful.
November 14, 2014
Cracked teeth, also known as tooth fractures, may range from painless, minor chips in enamel to serious cracks that compromise the root and the viability of the tooth as a whole. At William L. Eick, DDS in Rocky River, OH, Dr. Eick and his experienced team offer an extensive selection of restorative dentistry solutions, including diagnosis and treatment of cracked teeth. Today, we’d like to address and explain some of the most common causes, complications, and treatment options for tooth fractures.
Repairing Cracked Teeth in Rocky River, OH
The type of repair needed for a cracked tooth is contingent upon the cause of the injury, the location of the fracture, and the depth to which it extends toward the root. Some of the most common causes of cracked teeth include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching; this places an excessive amount of force on the teeth
- Biting down on something hard, including ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, hard candies, and non-food items like pens or product packaging
- Trauma to the mouth or lower jaw
- Large or ill-fitting fillings that weaken enamel
- Sudden, extreme changes in temperature within the mouth
- Advanced periodontal disease; bone loss within the jaw can compromise structural integrity of the teeth
If a portion of your tooth breaks off and you are able to locate it, use a sterile saline solution or clean water to gently clear it of any debris and place it in a container of milk until you can reach our office. As a general rule of thumb, always wear an athletic mouthguard when participating in sports, and never use your teeth as tools to open packages or remove price tags from clothing. Though tooth enamel is the most highly mineralized substance in the human body, it is far from indestructible.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Cracked Teeth
Cracked teeth that are left untreated may result in increased sensitivity, pain while chewing, and even the need for extraction. This is why acting promptly is such an integral component in successful treatment. A visual exam and x-rays are used to diagnose the type of crack in any tooth. Depending on the severity of the fracture, Dr. Eick may recommend one or more restorative solutions, including dental bonding, a filling, endodontic treatment, a crown, or dental veneers. Our team is always ready to discuss your restorative options with you to formulate a treatment plan that best suits your unique needs.
What to Do if You Have a Cracked Tooth
In many cases, a cracked tooth can be treated and saved before more serious, irreparable damage is sustained. If you notice a crack or chip in any of your teeth, no matter how small it may seem, please do not hesitate to contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eick. From our comfortable, welcoming dental practice in Rocky River, OH, we happily serve patients from throughout nearby communities in Cleveland, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Westlake, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Eick is genuinely committed to helping his patients and their families achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles with exceptional cosmetic and restorative dental care.
October 14, 2014
For most people, the phrase “root canal” is one they hope they’ll never hear at the dentist’s office. This common procedure has garnered quite the reputation, though the dreadful descriptions used in conjunction with root canal treatment are largely unfounded. At William L. Eick, DDS in Rocky River, OH, Dr. Eick and his team provide patients with a comprehensive selection of general dentistry solutions, including root canal therapy. Today, we’d like to delve a bit further into the nature of a root canal infection so as to better understand its treatment.
Common Signs of Root Canal Infections
What most patients term a “root canal” is actually a procedure known as endodontic therapy, or the treatment of an infection deep within the roots of a tooth. When the nerve-filled pulp inside a tooth becomes infected, it must be treated before the tooth itself begins to die. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is not painful; it is the infection of the pulp and the associated inflammation that causes discomfort. When a root canal infection is treated in a timely manner, the tooth may be saved and fortified against future damage with the help of a custom crown.
In many cases, a patient may not actually experience any noticeable symptoms in the earliest stages of a root canal infection. As the infection is allowed to spread, however, the patient may experience tenderness when chewing and sensitivity to heat and/or cold. The tooth may even begin to darken from the inside, gradually turning dull gray in color. In some cases, an abscess may form, leading to potentially severe pain. Fortunately, removing the infected tissue and treating the resultant cavity can eliminate this persistent discomfort.
Preserve the Health of Your Smile
Ultimately, the only way to definitively diagnose a root canal infection is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eick and his experienced team in Rocky River, OH. If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, or if you are experiencing any kind of oral discomfort, please do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you find lasting relief from the discomfort associated with a root canal infection. Our warm, welcoming dental practice is privileged to serve communities in Westlake, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Cleveland, and beyond.