What are the Signs of Needing a Root Canal?

Jun 11th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jul 1st, 2020

When it comes to endodontic therapy (root canals), there are many signs to indicate that you may need work done. With all dental work there are symptoms you may notice on your own and those that only a dentist can spot. The same is true with root canals, even though the most obvious signs you’ll be able to catch on your own. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for.

Tooth pain is the biggest indicator of needing a root canal. Persistent or recurring pain in a tooth on daily or monthly frequencies could be an indicator of a need for endodontic therapy. This can be anything from dull ache to unbearable pain. Whatever you have now, get it checked out by a dentist as soon as possible. If you need a root canal, the pain will only get worse the longer you put off your appointment. Another big sign is tenderness of the gums or anything more severe than that. Infected gums may ache, or they may swell noticeably even on the outside of your face.

Your dentist performs regular X-rays on your mouth, and these are the best way to detect low-grade infections. Dark spots (called a ‘radiolucency’) are indications of infected teeth. Similarly, more progressed infections will be visible to the naked eye as a tooth slightly darker than the teeth surrounding it.

While working, your dentist may sometimes notice that a tooth’s nerve has become exposed. This would eventually lead to internal infection, so they may opt to do a root canal at that time to save you the trouble of waiting until a dangerous and painful point down the line.

No website can help you with self-diagnosis. If you think you may exhibit some of the symptoms listed here, call The Dental Center at Easton (located in Columbus Ohio) to have a professional help diagnose what’s going on in your mouth.

What is a Root Canal?

Jun 4th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jul 1st, 2020

A root canal (aka endodontic therapy) is a common procedure used by dentists to clean out infected teeth. Teeth can become infected for a variety of reasons. Many times, the nerve inside a tooth becomes infected as a result of trauma – either a broken tooth or a hard bump that may not even leave any external blemishes. Sometimes, it can take years for a tooth to become infected and noticeably decay before you feel anything. A dentist may recommend endodontic therapy even if you don’t yet feel any pain.

Many patients get nervous when they hear the words “root canal.” Anyone who’s had a root canal procedure done can tell you that there’s almost no pain involved. A hundred years ago, before the popular use of anesthetic, this was true. Yet for some reason, this stereotype still lasts. The pain most people associate with root canals is actually from the infection before they seek help. Your dentist is invested in making endodontic therapy as relaxing as possible. He or she will apply anesthetic and protect the procedure area with a rubber dam to keep out any saliva. This dam allows you to swallow normally during the operation.

Next, the dentist drills a small hole into the inner part of your tooth to remove any infected pulp and dead nerve cells. This fluid is what’s causing the pain you’ve felt. Using varying sizes of tools, your dentist will then clean out the roots and remove any dangerous abscesses or liquid that lie in your jaw. At this point, your first procedure may be over. Not every root canal takes more than one appointment, but some will pause once the cleaning is done. You’ll leave with a temporary crown until your next appointment.

Once a tooth has been cleaned, it’s important to protect it against future infections. The spaces inside a tooth are commonly filled by gutta-percha, a semi-organic material made from the sap of gutta-percha trees. This natural latex is lightweight and durable. Finally, the tooth is capped with a crown and the tooth is just as strong as it was before!

Feeling recurring pain in your teeth? Call The Dental Center at Easton (serving the Columbus Metro Area) to talk to a qualified professional about if you’re a good candidate for a root canal and what you can expect from the procedure.

Dental Urgent Care Procedures

May 13th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jun 2nd, 2020

Dental emergencies can cause panic and disruption of your daily routine. Nobody likes to have a toothache or other disorder that causes oral pain or discomfort. The Dental Center in Columbus, Ohio is here to offer you urgent care procedures that will have you feeling better as soon as possible. We offer extended business hours to accommodate your emergency needs and are centrally located for quick and convenient access. We understand how dental emergencies can disrupt your communication and eating abilities and we want to make sure that your treatment is as quick and painless as possible. The Dental Center offers dental urgent care procedures that will have you feeling better in no time. Our most common emergency dental procedures are root canals and tooth extractions.

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, occurs when the “root” of the tooth, or the pulp, is removed. Each of your teeth is usually filled with dental pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth. When this pulp becomes infected, it can cause intense pain (commonly known as a toothache) that requires immediate treatment. The infected pulp is known as pulpitis, which is usually caused by tooth decay. A root canal is a common procedure that relieves tooth pain by removing the damaged pulp, filling the tooth, and sealing it off so you can return to normal daily functions.

Another common procedure is known as tooth extraction and occurs when a tooth is removed from the socket of your mouth because of decay or damage. Sometimes a tooth is removed to accommodate orthodontic procedures. Tooth extraction is considered an urgent procedure because a damaged tooth causes pain and can affect the alignment of the remaining teeth.

If you are in need of a dental urgent care procedure such as a root canal or tooth extraction, then contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center. Don’t live in pain any longer!

When Should You Seek Urgent Care?

May 9th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jun 2nd, 2020

Urgent care from a dentist at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center(Columbus, Ohio) covers any situation involving your oral health that requires immediate emergency attention. If you experience any pain or discomfort associated with your teeth, gums, or any other area in or around the mouth, then you should seek urgent care right away! Your oral health affects every aspect of your daily life including communication and eating. Any situation that causes you pain or affects the regular functioning of your mouth should be treated immediately so as not to cause permanent damage.

A situation that requires emergency or urgent care is one that involves acute pain. Most often, tooth pain, or a “toothache”, is an inflammation of the dental pulp tissue caused by an infection. The infection is frequently from dental caries (tooth decay) or a cavity and can be treated with a filling, root canal, or tooth extraction.

Other pain-causing situations involve accidents. Maybe your child was just hit in the mouth with a ball during a sports event, or you got in a fender bender on the way home from work and injured part of your mouth. Accidents such as these can have an effect on your dental health and should be treated as soon as possible.

Many people have oral devices such as a crown or bridge in place. If these devices are damaged or lost, they can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Sometimes issues with these devices do not cause pain, but it is still urgent that they get fixed so that your overall dental health is not affected.

Whether you’re having dental pain, had an accident, or are missing a dental device, you shouldn’t have to wait for treatment. Our Columbus based practice understands the importance of urgent dental care and is here to help you when you need it most with extended hours for emergency situations. We are centrally located at Easton Town Center close to New Albany, Gahanna, and Columbus so you’re never far from expert dental care! Contact us today to find out more about our urgent care services.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Apr 27th, 2020
Easton Dentists May 8th, 2020

Have you ever been afraid of the dentist? Going to the dentist, even just for a checkup, can be a terrifying experience for some people. They can’t be entirely blamed for being afraid. Dentistry is one of those trades that use a lot of sharp tools, needles, and scary sounds. When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put something that sounds like a power drill in your mouth.

To ease that experience, many patients elect to participate in sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can be administered in one of three ways: inhalation, intravenous, or oral medication. The first, also known as “laughing gas,” is a tried-and-true method that’s been around for quite a while. Intravenous provides a steady dose of sedative until the end of the procedure, but it is a needle that goes into your skin. For those already nervous about dental tools, this isn’t the best option. In the U.S., many patients opt to take their sedative orally. It comes either in pill or liquid form, depending on the procedure. It’s exceptionally common and helps many people get the dental work that they want without having to experience a panic attack.

Our Columbus office at Easton offers sedation dentistry and is conveniently accessible for Central Ohio and conducts thousands of procedures each year. We know how to keep our patients happy. Contact us to learn more about sedation dentistry and find out if it’s right for you.

What is Urgent Dental Care?

Apr 5th, 2020
Easton Dentists May 8th, 2020

Urgent dental care is when a dental emergency occurs and requires immediate repair and treatment. Urgent dental care often involves acute pain in the mouth, gums, or teeth. Other dental emergencies include the loss of a needed dental device such as a crown or bridge. Oral health is very important because it affects aspects of your daily life such as eating and speaking. If you have a dental situation that requires urgent care, you want to get in for treatment as quickly as possible. At The Dental Center, we are centrally located at Easton Town Center and are minutes away from many major areas such as New Albany, Gahanna, and Columbus. We also offer extended hours for dental emergencies, so you’ll never have to live with dental pain for long.

Dental situations that cause acute pain of the teeth, gums, or other areas in or around the mouth require immediate treatment for pain relief and overall oral health. The most common dental emergency is pulpitis, commonly known as a toothache. Pulpitis is usually caused by dental caries (tooth decay) and is an inflammation of infected dental pulp tissue. Pulpitis is treated usually by a root canal or a tooth extraction.

Other situations, such as a misplaced crown or bridge affect the integrity of your mouth and sometimes cause pain. If you have lost a crown, bridge, or other dental device, then it’s important to get urgent care to repair it.

Whether you’re suffering from oral pain or need a dental device repaired, The Dental Center at Easton is the convenient choice for all your urgent care needs. Don’t wait another day to get the care and treatment that you need right away! Contact The Dental Center today for urgent care.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Mar 30th, 2020
Easton Dentists Apr 7th, 2020

There are three main types of sedation dentistry. At our Columbus, Ohio, office, our patients vastly prefer to be sedated orally. However, you have your choice when considering how you would like your dental work to be done. Here are the three ways sedative can be received:

Orally. Sedative can be ingested via pill or liquid in a small dose for light to moderate sedation. Generally, this leaves the patient relaxed and calm, but able to respond to purposeful interaction from the dentist. This method is preferred among patients and dentists alike. Patients who are wary of needles and gas love this simple method. Dentists like that their patient is still able to respond to simple questions when needed, or express discomfort during work.

• Intravenously. This method produces a steady flow of sedation and is perfect for longer procedures or extended work. Patients who are anxious about needles don’t often choose this method, however. Intravenous sedation makes it easy for complicated work that often takes multiple visits to be done in one extended session. This reduces the number of visits needed with a dentist and it will only seem like minutes have passed for the patient.

• Inhalation. “Laughing gas” has been around since the 18th Century. It was one of the first anesthetics to be used, though that was long after its initial discovery. Gas had been the most common sedative used in dentistry for a very long time and is still favored by some patients today. It often creates a deeper sedation for longer procedures and leaves a euphoric effect on the patient.

Interested in learning more about sedation dentistry in Columbus for your dental work? Speak to a dentist today about what options are available to you.

Are You a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Mar 15th, 2020
Easton Dentists Apr 7th, 2020

While sedation dentistry appeals to many potential patients, it’s not for everyone. Ask yourself why this added part of your dental routine could benefit you. Be honest with yourself and your dentist.

Sedation could be good for you if you’re anxious about dental work for a variety of reasons. Poor experiences with previous dentists can lead to a fear of anything to do with your teeth. At the Dental Center at Easton Town Center, we’re the dental resource for Central Ohio. We see many patients and pride ourselves on our approachability. But, understandably, a poor experience with another dentist can leave some people traumatized. Keeping a brilliant smile is still important, though, and many patients will try again with us. Sedation can be helpful in easing those anxieties. Low to moderate sedation leaves you still casually aware of your surroundings and capable of responding to purposeful questions. The point of sedation dentistry is to ensure that you have the best dental experience you can have and still get the most out of the work being done. Most patients who opt for sedation choose to take their medication orally and avoid intravenous needles and gas. We make it easy to say yes to dentistry.

Sometimes, sedation can be appealing and still not be the best option for you. If you dislike not having control or are wary of drugs and sedation, then this may not be the best option for you. Our dentists are happy to guide you through the work as they do it, and that may be a better way to relax about your procedure. It’s also better to not be sedated if you are worried about what your dentist will say about your teeth. We don’t bite! Let us talk to you about your teeth while we’re looking at them.

Talk to your dentist to find out if sedation dentistry is a good option for you. Make an appointment at our Columbus, Ohio, office.

Suffering From Fractured Teeth? We Can Help!

Feb 20th, 2020
Easton Dentists Mar 2nd, 2020

Fractured teeth are quite common, especially as we age. There are several types of fractures that affect the teeth, and treatment options vary depending on the condition of the fracture.

From small cracks or fissures, to actual split teeth with root damage, Dr. Gilmer can address and correct your this type of tooth damage. Don’t wait to have your fractured teeth examined – the longer it is ignored, the greater the long term health impact can be.

There are several types of fractures, and The Dental Clinic at Easton can treat them all. The most minor fracture is a craze line, or minor crack, which is simply a surface crack affecting the enamel of the tooth. These don’t need any treatment, but if they bother you cosmetically you can consider polishing, or dental veneers.

Other cracked tooth damage can be quite significant, involving the tooth as a whole. These cracks often affect the surface and even the nerve of the tooth- and can be treated with typical dental filling materials such as those used in filling cavities. The pulp may be damaged as well, which may require a root canal.

Minor chips on the teeth are quite common, and most don’t require treatment for the architecture of the tooth. Many minor chips can be polished, or treated with a bit of filling material to address the appearance of the tooth.

Split teeth are the most serious and dangerous type of fractures. In these cases, most patients experience significant pain and tooth sensitivity. Treatments include root canals, followed by crowns. Severe vertical breaks may require the removal of the tooth, and a dental implant to restore your smile.

It’s important to visit your dentist for any type of tooth pain in order for a correct diagnosis.

Do You Have a Dental First Aid Kit?

Feb 13th, 2020
Easton Dentists Mar 2nd, 2020

It is always a good idea to have a first aid kit in your home.  Inside, you more than likely have all the essentials: Band-Aids, gauze, tape, antibiotic ointment, wrap, and some sort of ice pack.  This simple but useful kit plays a crucial role for any family in the event of an emegergengy.  It is designed to quickly and efficiently treat injuries that are bad enough to need care but do not need the immediate attention of a medical professional.

However, there is another first aid kit that every home should have.  Dental first aid kits are a necessity for homes because they provide the specialized care that is meant exclusively for oral care.

While there may be some similarities between the two kits, both should be kept fully stocked in order to take care of any dental emergency that may arise.

  • Floss.  Whether you prefer the traditional roll of floss or the one-time-use sticks, having a handy supply of floss will help relieve much of the irritation that can be associated with eating certain foods.
  • Mild pain medication.  You may use this to stop pain entirely or to make it subside until you can get proper care.  Either way, having an emergency supply of pain medication is never a bad idea.
  • Oral Wax.  Especially for people with braces or any other piece of oral equipment, wax can be placed on and around any sharp protrusion to ease pain and reduce the chance of further injury.  If you’re not sure where to get oral wax, ask your dentist where you can get your hands on it.
  • Emergency ice packs.  When swelling needs to be controlled, ice packs are the quick and effective solution.  If something traumatic happens and you need to make an emergency trip to your hospital or dentist, you’ll want to use an ice pack during the trip.
  • Cotton balls.  Bleeding is never wanted but when it does occur, you’ll want to be ready.  A cotton ball is typically a safe and effective way to help stop the bleeding.
  • Camellia teabags.  This may sound out of place amongst medical supplies but tea has been used for centuries to help sooth oral traumas.  They can even help stop bleeding after oral surgery.
  • Your dentist’s contact information.  Your dentist knows your teeth better than anyone else so who better to help during an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, there is nothing more important than your health.  A dental first aid kit is the first step to take in ensuring your oral health.  For more information on keeping your oral health in order, call us today!