Posts for tag: Root Canal

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
September 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Dental Abscess  

When you have a pocket of pus around an infected tooth, this is called a dental abscess. At Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Todd Brower, of Holland, MI, uses root canals to treat a dental abscess and help clear up the infection.

What Should I Know About Dental Abscesses?

A dental abscess is usually caused by a bacterial infection that has accumulated within the tooth's pulp. Bacteria can easily access the mouth as a by-product of the food we eat and sticks to the teeth, damaging them and the gums, also known as plaque.

When you don't remove the plaque with proper brushing and flossing, the bacteria spreads inside the pulp and gums resulting in an eventual abscess.

What Are the Symptoms of a Dental Abscess?

The signs and symptoms of a dental abscess depend on its severity and progression. However, pain is the main symptom of a dental abscess. Other symptoms include:

  • Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold drinks or food
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Fever and chills
  • Fatigue or feeling "sick"
  • Trouble opening mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Insomnia
  • Pain radiating to the eaw, jawbone, and neck

It is essential to know that pain with an abscess can be very intense and only grows as it is left untreated.

What Are the Types of Dental Abscesses?

There are only three types of dental abscess:

  1. Gingival: Abscess found in the gum tissue and does not affect the tooth or periodontal ligament.
  2. Periodontal: Abscess grows from the supporting bone tissue of the tooth.
  3. Periapical: Abscess grows in the soft pulp of the tooth.

What is the Treatment for Dental Abscesses?

Dr. Brower of Holland, MI, uses root canals and other treatments to cure dental abscesses. As an experienced dentist, he can also quickly identify an abscess and recommend that those who suffer from them seek medical care immediately.

Other forms of treatment recommended include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Pain medication
  • Incision and drainage of abscess
  • Root fillings
  • Surgery to remove disease tissue with recurring infections.
  • Tooth removal

For a minor abscess, you can use some home remedies to help manage your pain. You will want to avoid hot and cold food and drink, chew using the unaffected side of your mouth, avoid flossing around the abscess and use a very soft toothbrush.

Even though home remedies may help, it is essential to visit a dental professional to avoid further complications. At Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Brower of Holland, MI, offers root canals and other dental abscess treatment options and is available for an appointment by calling (616) 399-3600.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal procedure is designed to get rid of bacteria due to an infected root canal, save the infected tooth, and prevent reinfection. You don’t really have to worry if your dentist recommends that you undergo root canal therapy for treating your diseased or damaged tooth, as millions of teeth worldwide are saved through this procedure every year.

Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, your dentist, Dr. Todd Brewer, treats and saves infected teeth via root canal treatment to keep our patients’ smiles whole and healthy.

The Root Canal Treatment Explained

Underneath your tooth enamel and dentin, inside the tooth, is where the pulp lies. This soft tissue contains connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that help grow the tooth root while it’s developing. If the pulp gets infected, it will result in all sorts of symptoms that will put your tooth at risk for extraction if not treated in time.

When you undergo root canal therapy, the infected or inflamed pulp will be removed and your tooth’s interior will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned, filled up, and then sealed. It’s actually quite similar to a routine dental filling treatment and can typically be completed in just one or two sessions with your dentist.

Because you’ll be given an anesthetic, the procedure will be painless. Additionally, you’ll find yourself smiling, chewing, and biting without pain in just a couple of days. Do note though that it’s normal to feel some numbness and soreness after root canal treatment as well as some tolerable discomfort for several days while the treated tooth is healing.

How to Know If You Need Root Canal Therapy

In general, your dentist in Holland, MI, may recommend root canal therapy if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A pimple on the gum that may or may not be oozing foul discharge
  • Extremely tender, swollen, and/or reddish gums
  • Intense pain when biting or chewing
  • A significant crack or chip on a tooth
  • Darkened gums or deep decay
  • Lingering and severe sensitivity to cold and hot

To Determine If You Need Root Canal Treatment, Call Us

Book your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Todd Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental here in Holland, MI, by calling (616) 399-3600‎.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

How your dentist in Holland, MI, can save your smile with root canal therapy

If you are suffering from tooth pain, a root canal might be the key to relief. Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, Dr. Todd A. Brower Root_Canaloffers full-service dentistry, including root canal therapy, to help his patients' smiles—read on to learn if this treatment is right for your situation!


More about root canal therapy

A root canal is needed when the dental pulp within a tooth has become damaged or bruised. In these cases, inflammation and fluid begin to build up inside your tooth, causing pain, pressure, and disease, all issues which will only be relieved through root canal therapy.

There are several noticeable signs and symptoms pointing towards the need a root canal. You need to pay attention to:

  • Pain that increases after the tooth has been exposed to foods or beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or crown is placed
  • Stabbing, aching pain when you bite down or chew
  • Radiating pain that spreads into the jaws, face, or head

There are also some non-painful symptoms, including:

  • A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth that is noticeably darker or grayer than the teeth next to it

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brower. He will perform pulp and vitality testing, take x-rays, and examine your painful tooth to let you know if a root canal can help you!


Give us a call!

For more information about root canal therapy or any other additional dental services, dial (616) 399-3600 to reach Dr. Todd A. Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, Michigan, today!