Archive for August 2018

Root Canal Aftercare

 

Root Canal Beausejour Manitoba

 

    A root canal procedure repairs a tooth that has been infected or severely damaged, usually due to a deep crack or cavity. The procedure itself involved removing the affected area, cleaning the tooth, and refilling the space. Afterwards, it’s important to take care of the area with specific routines and solutions to minimize your discomfort. Here are some of those care options:

 

    First and foremost- make sure you are maintaining your good oral care routines at home, including brushing a flossing twice a day, as well as attending your regular check-ups with Beausejour Dental Centre to keep your oral health in top shape, and to be proactive and preventative with your oral care.

 

    After some root canal procedures, you may need to take anti-inflammatory medicine, or your doctor might prescribe you something to take to minimize your pain. Ice packs or cold compresses can significantly reduce pain and swelling after a root canal treatment, and you can repeat these compresses in an on-for-five, off-for-fifteen routine until you feel relief.

 

    Chewing might be painful, or could irritate your teeth and gums after treatment, so Beausejour Dental Centre often recommends a soft food or liquid diet until your mouth starts to heal. Smoothies, yogurt, and soup are all good solutions to help you get nutrients and prevent additional pain from eating. Gargling with salt water can also help soothe irritated teeth and gums, and can help minimize the risk of infection as the water gently cleans the affected area. Similarly, rinsing with a hydrogen peroxide and warm water solution will help disinfect your mouth.

 

    Sleeping with an elevated pillow can help reduce possible bleeding, and will help ease gum nerve pain as the blood is directed to flow in one direction.

 

    You will likely have a few follow-up appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre after your root canal procedure as to ensure all is healing normally and that there are no complications with your post-treatment care. Caring for your oral health after a root canal can be complicated and frustrating, so don’t hesitate to reach out to Beausejour Dental Centre of you have any questions or concerns following your procedure.

 

For more information about root canal aftercare, or to schedule your next appointment with Beausejour Dental Centre, call 204.268.1782 today!

 

Dental Emergencies: What to Do

 

Emergency Dentistry Beausejour Manitoba

 

Dental emergencies can be scary, especially if you feel underprepared for how to respond in the situation. Ignoring dental emergencies can lead to painful and costly issues in the future, so being prepared to handle issues that arise upfront can be the best solution to save you time, money, and pain!

 

Toothache

 

Having a toothache is absolutely no fun; it usually occurs when a cavity is close to and irritates a nerve, and often requires a dental crown or sometimes a root canal. To take the edge off of some of your immediate pain, consider taking a pain reliever, or applying a cold compress to the area.

 

Knocked-Out Teeth

 

If you knock out a tooth, save it! Speed matters if you’re trying to save your lost tooth - quickly reinsert (without forcing!) the tooth into its socket, or save the tooth in a cup of milk. Get to  Beausejour Dental Centre immediately for best odds of saving your tooth.

 

Broken Teeth

 

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to wash away any smaller fragments that could be lingering. If you’re bleeding, hold a piece of gauze on the area until bleeding stops. You can use a cold compress to relieve some of the pain and swelling, and you should come in to Beausejour Dental Centre as soon as possible.

 

If you have a dental emergency, it’s best to get in to see Beausejour Dental Centre immediately. If you have any questions, or to schedule your next appointment call  204.268.1782!