What to Do if Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

If your child falls off a bike or gets hit in the face with a ball and knocks out a tooth, it is important to act quickly and take the right steps. This could be the difference between the tooth being able to be reattached or not being able to be reattached. Unfortunately, I found myself in this situation and wasn't really sure what to do. I ended up taking my son to an emergency dentist, but it was too late and the tooth could not be reattached. I wanted to ensure this didn't happen to other parents and children, or to me again, so I created this website. If you have children, this is great information to know before you find yourself in this situation.

Root Canals: What To Expect

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If you have been experiencing chronic tooth pain, it is important for you to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Tooth pain that persists may be associated with an infection that can spread to the other teeth in your mouth. In fact, in the most severe cases, the infection can spread to your blood stream and cause a dangerous systemic condition.  

A dentist will be able to review your symptoms and identify the cause of the dental discomfort. In many cases, the affected tooth can be treated endodontically through a root canal. Here is some information about root canals to help you learn what to expect from the procedure:  

Root canals are minor dental surgeries.

A root canal is usually performed in your dentist's office.

For your comfort during the procedure, the gums around the teeth are numbed using a local anesthetic.

The dentist drills a hole into the tooth so that the dental pulp can be removed. Since the pulse houses the dental nerve nerves of the tooth, its removal alleviates the pain.

The suctioning away of the pulp leaves the inner chambers of the tooth hollow. Therefore, the dentist fills these chambers with a suitable composite material. After the tooth has been filled, it still needs to be covered with a dental crown to protect it from a subsequent bacterial invasion and to restore the look and the ability to chew of the tooth.

You will likely need one to three dental appointments to complete your root canal.

The majority of root canals can be performed during a single dental appointment. However, some cases, such as those in which a tooth has multiple canals or dental roots and those in which there is a severe infection, may require several visits.

The cost of your root canal may be dependent on the location of your tooth.

A tooth that is in the front of your mouth usually has fewer roots and easier access. Thus, the cost of a root canal for a front tooth or an incisor is generally less than that for a molar, which tends to have the greatest number of dental roots and is in the rear of the mouth.

A root canal on a front tooth may cost between $300 and $1,500. The cost of a root a canal on a premolar is approximately $400 to $1,800, and the price of a root canal for a back molar may range between $500 and $2,000.

To learn more about root canals, schedule a consultation with a dentist (such as one from Lifestyle Dental Care) in your area.

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28 April 2016