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 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.

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!

Performance-Enhancing Athletic Mouthguards: Hype? Or the Real Deal?

Sep 28th, 2019
Easton Dentists Oct 1st, 2019

Sports related dental injuries are for real and they do account for some of our emergency care cases.  But now there is a trend towards high performance mouthguards.  It’s a baffling field full of contradictory claims that have left many experts scratching their heads.  Should you buy into the hype?

No longer are athletic mouthguards just something athletes wear to prevent them from visiting the emergency dentist (but, of course, that is why we advocate them!). New athletic mouthguards now actually claim to help athletes perform at their optimal levels.

Performance-enhancing athletic mouthguards seem to be a miracle of modern medicine – the right mouthguard can help the entire body can function at peak capacity. Athletes who invest in these custom mouthguards says they give them improved focus, balance, endurance, and strength. Pro athletes, in sports ranging from golf to boxing to football, have turned to these appliances for an edge over competitors.

Your basic athletic mouthguards are protective and distribute impact to reduce the severity or occurrence of injuries, such as mouth cuts, concussions, and tooth damage. Over-the-counter boil-and-bite varieties offer this protection at a minimal cost to the user. The new-and-improved varieties do this and more.

One type, with the Under Armor name on it makes states:

“ArmourBite® technology with patented Power Wedges™ to increase strength, improve endurance, and reduce athletic stress”

UA Performance Mouthwear mouthguards are intended to stop clenching, which is what triggers the body to overproduce stress hormones such as cortisol, which decreases strength and muscle growth. Cortisol is known to regulate the immune response, but chronic overproduction can have significant negative effects on the body.

Another marketer, NewAge Performance makes a claim:

“90 percent of the population has a bad or poor bite, which causes a mis-alignment in your body. When you have a perfect bite, the body reciprocates with better body alignment, allowing you to perform at a higher level. The New Age mouthpiece fools the body in thinking you have the perfect bite, hence the results being instant.”

It is is not yet known if they truly live up to the claims of physical benefits manufacturers want us to believe. Right now, we have to rely on the users – athletes – for our best information. For many of them, they believe it works.

Regardless if you are a believer or not, one of the most important things to come out of studies on the subject is that none of the mouthguards interfered with the athlete’s performance.  The key is, if the athlete believes in them, that will encourage them to always keep them in their mouth, and that is always a plus.

Is Dental Anxiety For Real?

Jun 16th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jul 5th, 2019

Believe it or not, there is an actual syndrome that is called Dental Anxiety.  Numerous studies have been performed on the topic.  One such study resulted in the following questionnaire, developed by J.H. Clarke and S. Rustvold, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry, 1993, and revised in 1998.  This scale helps dentists, especially emergency dentists, determine how to treat certain patients.

If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, please print out this form and rank your concerns or anxiety over the dental procedures listed below. Please fill in any additional concerns and bring to your appointment or your visit to your emergency dentist in Gahanna, Ohio.

Level of Concern or Anxiety

1. Sound or vibration of the drill:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

2. Not being numb enough:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

3. Dislike the numb feeling:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

4. Injection (“Novocain”):  Low Moderate High Don’t know

5. Probing to assess gum disease:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

6. The sound or feel of scraping  during teeth cleaning: Low Moderate High Don’t know

7. Gagging, for example during impressions  of the mouth: Low Moderate High Don’t know

8. X-rays:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

9. Rubber dam:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

10. Jaw gets tired: Low Moderate High Don’t know

11. Cold air hurts teeth: Low Moderate High Don’t know

12. Not enough information about procedures: Low Moderate High Don’t know

13. Root canal treatment:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

14. Extraction:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

15. Fear of being injured:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

16. Panic attacks:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

17. Not being able to stop the dentist: Low Moderate High Don’t know

18. Not feeling free to ask questions: Low Moderate High Don’t know

19. Not being listened to or taken seriously: Low Moderate High Don’t know

20. Being criticized, put down, or lectured to: Low Moderate High Don’t know

21. Smells in the dental office: Low Moderate High Don’t know

22. I am worried that I may need a lot of  dental treatment: Low Moderate High Don’t know

23. I am worried about the cost of the  dental treatment I may need: Low Moderate High Don’t know

24. I am worried about the number of appointments and the time that will be required for necessary appointments and treatment; time away from work, or the   need for childcare or transportation:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

25. I am embarrassed about the condition  of my mouth:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

26. I don’t like feeling confined or not in control: Low Moderate High Don’t know

Keep in mind that your emergency dentist in Columbus Ohio may or may not have time to use this tool. It is suggested that when you call for an appointment, that you notify staff at Easton Dental that you are concerned or experience dental anxiety. If you decide to take this assessment, be prepared to discuss with Dr. Gilmer to ensure the best possible care.

What Should You Do When a Dental Emergency Occurs to Your Child?

Oct 12th, 2018
Easton Dentists Nov 12th, 2018

You are sitting with other parents while the kids are in the middle of playing in a Little League game. All of a sudden, everyone is looking at you and you can hear the unmistakable sound of your young baseball player sobbing and holding his mouth in obvious pain. He’s been hit in his front teeth on a misplayed ground ball, and a brand new permanent tooth has been knocked out.

While you try to calm your wet-faced, bloody son, one of the parents suggests that you to put the tooth in a glass of cow’s milk. What kind of suggestion is that? You wonder if that has to be an old wives tale, but it turns out not to be. One thing you know for sure is that you need to get him to an emergency dentist as soon as soon as you can.

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Knowing what to do when the moment arrives can mean the difference between your child keeping or losing his tooth.

 

A Few Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Make an effort to have a dentist saved on your cell phone. Severe pain or broken teeth can happen at any moment and can bring even the most stubborn people to the dental office.

 

Knocked Out Tooth

Kids rough house, teenagers play sports, and adults take a “you only live once” approach to learning how to skateboarding. At the moment when a tooth does get knocked out, pick it up by the crown (not the root), gently rinse with water, and try to gently push it back into the socket. Should this not be possible, place it in a glass of milk and make contact with your dentist (or one that you can get a more immediate appointment.)

 

Toothache

A toothache can totally immobilize you. Possible causes can be: tooth decay, infection, tooth eruption, an abnormal bite, or trauma to the tooth. Make an appointment with a dentist and rinse your mouth with warm salt water, take an ibuprofen or acetaminophen, apply an over-the-counter antiseptic and a cold compress to the outside cheek next to where  you believe the afflicted area is located to relieve pain or swelling.

 

Crown or Filling Falling Out

Should your crown falls out, gently wipe the crown or filling clean, proceed to wrap it in a clean cloth, , and schedule an appointment with your dental center.

 

Chipped or fractured tooth

Cracked or chipped teeth don’t always hurt, but the nerves can get damaged if you wait t0o long to get it taken care of. Even if it’s not a big bother, it’s still a good idea to make an appointment with a dental professional to get it taken care of.

 

Concussed Tooth

Should your little boy have an incident where he bangs his tooth on a girl’s head and it doesn’t fall out, he still might experience a discolored tooth. Other than having unfortunate year-of-the-dark-tooth school photograph, it’s not exactly a serious dental emergency, but may still be worth getting it examined.

 

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies:

 

  • Don’t use your teeth for anything other than eating or chew very hard foods (such as lollipops)
  • Wear a mouth guard when playing in athletic games
  • Schedule regular teeth cleanings & checkups
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily

Should you have a need of an emergency dentist, contact Easton Dental Center immediately for an appointment ASAP.

What to Do When You Crack a Tooth

May 21st, 2018
Easton Dentists May 21st, 2018

Ouch!

Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck?

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your
hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 614-414-0111. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away! We always try to hold some appointments open for these occasions.

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold mik, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment.

3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad or a moist tea bag until bleeding stops.

It is also possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it.

If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out.

In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable. Let us help right away!

St. Patrick’s Day Means 64% More Dental Emergencies

Mar 4th, 2018
Easton Dentists Apr 4th, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day Means 64% More Dental Emergencies According to a study from CNBC, there is a massive spike in emergency dental treatments on the day following St. Patrick’s Day. Nationwide, this spike is 64%, but there are states where the spike can be as dramatic as 150%. The reasons for this spike aren’t terribly surprising. On St. Patrick’s Day, the world consumes 13 million pints of Guinness. All that Guinness can make typically relaxed individuals a bit wild. As a result, there is a significant increase in the number of people who lose teeth in brawls or when they faceplant as they try to walk out of the bar.

If you’re going out on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to appoint a designated driver. In addition to transporting you home safely, this selfless friend can act as your designated smile protector, too. He or she can see to it that you don’t trip over your own feet or get into any other trouble. Be sure to repay this kind friend by acting as the designated driver next St. Patrick’s Day!

If you do happen to get into some dental trouble on St. Patrick’s Day, rest assured that The Dental Center is ready to get you feeling better in no time. Dr. Gilmer has extensive experience performing emergency dental procedures. In addition, The Dental Center’s extended hours make us an excellent choice for individuals who need to be treated quickly. Hopefully, however, we won’t need to see you the day after St. Patrick’s Day. We’d rather see you for a regular checkup sometime soon! We wish you a safe, happy, and lucky St. Patrick’s Day!