It is not a given that we must lose teeth as we age. If we maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, chances are we can keep our...
What makes a smile beautiful? That's a complex question, but some qualities of a lovely smile are immediately identifiable: Good tooth color, shape, and alignment are a few of...
It depends on the tooth. Some have two, some have 3, some have 4, and some maybe more. It takes a properly taken X-ray to try to figure it out. If you are concerned about root canal therapy, some of the roots have more than one canal, usually not confirmed until the procedure is under way. Roots can be fused together or separate. It is best to align yourself with a good experienced dentist to properly address your concerns.
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However, if the blood clot disappears (or becomes dislodged), dry socket can occur when the the nerves and bone are suddenly exposed to all sorts of painful irritants, including food, fluids, and even air. Unfortunately, dry socket also leaves the area of extraction prone to awful pain and infection.
If pain persists, you should see your dentist right away. If dry socket is diagnosed, your dentist may schedule follow up appointments to clean and pack your socket every few days with a special dressing to help the healing process and relieve pain.
Your dental professional may also prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (i.e., ibuprofen or stronger) to relieve pain and anesthetize the extraction site. If infection is suspected, your dentist may also prescribe a mouthwash or oral antibiotics.
Your dentist, however, may try to treat the problem without extensive procedures. He or she will clean the area thoroughly to remove damaged tissue or pus. If the area is infected, you'll be given oral antibiotics as well.
There are many causes for tooth sensitivity. It is not possible to provide you with a reasonable answer without having had the opportunity to examine you to determine the cause of the sensitivity. Call us at 978-475-2431 and ask Joanne for an appointment. Bring any recent x-rays you have had taken, and after a thorough examination, I should be able to help you.
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