Wondering how you should take care of yourself after you get root canal therapy to treat an infected tooth? Here are a few steps we recommend you take after your appointment with Dr. Kabir Sandhu at Riverside Tooth Co.
1. TAKE THE DAY OFF OF WORK & REST UP
You can go back to your day-to-day routine immediately after a root canal, as long as you have only had nitrous oxide sedation. You can even go back to work! But usually, we don’t recommend it.
If you can, it’s a good idea to take the day off, then just go home and rest. Avoid heavy exertion, including working out, and give your mouth the time it needs to heal. This will help you stay comfortable as you recover.
2. DON’T EAT WHILE YOUR MOUTH IS NUMB
If you try to eat within a few hours of your mouth being numbed for your root canal, you may end up chewing on your cheeks and your tongue, which will cause a lot of pain once the numbing wears off.
In addition, you shouldn’t eat within a few hours of your temporary crown being cemented onto your tooth, as this helps it bond properly to the tooth.
3. BRUSH & FLOSS NORMALLY, BUT BE GENTLE
You can continue to clean your teeth normally, but be gentle around your newly-treated tooth, since it will likely be a bit tender, and the temporary crown on top of your tooth could be jostled loose if you’re too rough while brushing and flossing.
4. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT WITH A TEMPORARY CROWN
We recommend avoiding very tough foods like jerky, hard foods like nuts and hard candy, and sticky, gummy foods like taffy and caramel. Try not to eat these foods at all, or at least eat them on the other side of your mouth to avoid chewing them with your temporary crown.
The cement used for a temporary crown is strong, but is meant to be removable, so eating hard, tough, or sticky foods could pull it loose or damage it, requiring you to come back to our office to have your temporary crown reattached. This should be avoided, if possible.
5. KNOW IF YOUR PAIN & DISCOMFORT ARE NORMAL
While the nerve tissue will have been removed from your tooth during root canal therapy, the surrounding tissue and nerves in your gums may be irritated and can cause you some pain and discomfort after your treatment.
Usually, this lasts only 2-3 days, at most, and is very minor. If you continue to experience serious pain after 3-7 days and you notice issues like oral swelling, you need to get a follow-up at Riverside Tooth Co. right away, as this could indicate that the infection was not completely removed.
If you need root canal therapy in Riverside, Dr. Kabir Sandhu is here to help. Don’t wait, and don’t let a sore, aching tooth interfere with your day-to-day routine. Root canals are pain-free and non-invasive, and have a very short recovery period. So contact us online or give us a call at (951) 435-8264 to schedule a consultation right away.
Single-tooth implants are the most widely-used type of implant. They consist of a single dental implant that’s capped with a crown (false tooth) that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Wondering why dental implants are such a great way to replace your missing teeth in Riverside? Find out in this blog from Riverside Tooth Co. as we discuss 5 benefits of single-tooth dental implants. 1. SINGLE-TOOTH IMPLANTS LOOK & FEEL COMPLETELY NATURAL First and foremost, single-tooth implants look and feel totally natural and are indistinguishable from real teeth. This is because they use a two-part design that mimics the way your natural teeth function. The implant holds the crown in place, and is covered up and protected by the crown. You can eat, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence, knowing that your implant will look just like a real tooth to everyone around you. 2. NO SPECIAL CARE IS REQUIRED FOR SINGLE-TOOTH IMPLANTS Once your implant has been placed, all you need to do is brush and floss regularly, and see Dr. Kabir Sandhu every six months for a consultation and teeth cleaning at Riverside Tooth Co. That’s it! No special care is required beyond this. You can treat your new implant just like a natural tooth. 3. YOUR IMPLANT HELPS PROTECT YOUR ORAL HEALTH Implants have the unique ability to stabilize and support the health of your jaw bone after tooth loss. If you don’t get an implant, your jaw bone will begin to deteriorate because it’s no longer stimulated by the biting and chewing forces that are transmitted through the root of your tooth into your jaw bone. But with an implant, the implant will transmit pressure into your jaw just like a natural tooth, keeping it healthy and strong. 4. SINGLE-TOOTH IMPLANTS WILL LAST FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE Dental implants have a great success rate. It’s likely that you will be able to keep your implant for the rest of your life. Compared to alternatives like dentures and bridges, single-tooth implants last much longer, making them a better long-term investment. 5. TEETH ADJACENT TO YOUR MISSING TOOTH DON’T NEED TO BE TRIMMED Dental bridges are one of the most common alternatives to single-tooth implants. The main problem with this treatment is that it requires two of your teeth to be trimmed down significantly so that crowns can be applied to them in order to hold the bridge in place. With dental implants, this is not necessary. You can preserve your healthy original teeth, and still benefit from a permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement. SCHEDULE AN IMPLANT CONSULTATION AT RIVERSIDE TOOTH CO. TODAY! If you think you may be a good candidate for a single-tooth implant in Riverside, contact Riverside Tooth Co. online or give us a call at (951) 435-8264 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sandhu. Together, you can discuss your options for restoring your smile, determine if you’re a good candidate for a single-tooth implant, and begin the implant placement process.
If you have missing teeth, dentures can be a simple and cost-effective way to restore your oral health. But, while dentures can give you a natural look and smile, you may have heard that they can be a bit uncomfortable, especially in the beginning. So, how can you find the most comfortable type of dentures? Let's find out! WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTURES? Dentures come in many forms and sizes, and it can be challenging to find the right one. Here's a quick breakdown of the most common types of dentures: Partial Dentures - These types of dentures are recommended when you still have some of your natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures will fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, restoring your oral health. Full Dentures - These types of dentures are necessary when all of your natural teeth are missing. They are designed to fit over the gums and are held in place by suction or a small amount of dental adhesive. Implant-Supported Dentures - As the name suggests, these types of dentures are held in place by a dental implant. Snap-in Dentures - These dentures are supported and held in place by dental implants or anchors placed on the existing teeth. HOW TO MAKE DENTURES MORE COMFORTABLE Regardless of the type of dentures you opt for, it will take some time to get used to them. It's actually very common to experience discomfort or difficulty speaking or eating with them at first. However, there are several things you can do to make dentures more comfortable. Try Different Types of Adhesives: If you are not satisfied with the denture adhesive you are using, try a different brand. Soak the Dentures: Soaking them in a special cleaning solution or warm water can help make them more pliable. As a result, this can make them feel more comfortable in the mouth. Practice Speaking and Eating: It can take some time to get used to speaking and eating with dentures. So try to practice as much as you can. You can, for example, sing along to your favorite tunes to get used to the feeling of the dentures in your mouth. Use OTC Pain Medication: If the dentures are causing pain or soreness, over-the-counter medication can help to alleviate the discomfort. Try Different Foods: Some foods may be more difficult to eat with dentures. Start with softer or easier-to-chew foods until you get used to them. See a Dentist: If the discomfort doesn't seem to go away, talk to your dentist about it. They can adjust the fit of the dentures or provide you with a more suitable type of denture. WE CAN HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT TYPE OF DENTURES FOR YOU If you are interested in dentures and want the best type for your needs, Dr. Sandhu and the team at Riverside Tooth Co. can help you. Contact us now to book your appointment.
Dental issues can become more critical over time if left untreated. What starts as a slight tooth discomfort or pain can cause sleepless nights, headaches, and the inability to eat food and enjoy life. That is why it’s essential to be able to tell what a dental emergency is and what isn’t. At Riverside Tooth Co., Dr. Sandhu takes dental emergencies seriously and will address your dental emergency as soon as possible to get you out of pain and discomfort. We offer emergency dental appointments to our new and old customers in Riverside. Below is a detailed explanation of what a dental emergency is, identifying common dental emergencies, and how they are treated. WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY? If you don’t know the common symptoms of a dental emergency, it’s likely that you may not be able to differentiate between a minor problem and a more severe issue. A dental emergency is any serious condition involving your teeth and the surrounding tissues that require immediate treatment to stop bleeding, reduce intense pain, or prevent infection. COMMON DENTAL EMERGENCIES While dental emergencies are common, not every dental problem constitutes a dental emergency. To receive the dental care you need, you should be able to recognize when to schedule an emergency or regular dental appointment. Some issues can wait until your next dentist’s visit, while others just can’t wait. Emergency cases include: * Extreme tooth pain * Knocked-out tooth * Missing filling * Swollen or bleeding gums * A broken crown * Dental abscess If you experience one or more of these signs, you should see your local dentist as quickly as possible. These conditions are life-threatening, and if not treated early enough, they can impact every aspect of your life. Dr. Sandhu understands that, and that’s why he brings modern comforts and treatments to the Riverside local community. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A DENTAL EMERGENCY? When you identify a dental emergency, you should call a dentist without delay. Explain the problem to the dentist and ask for an emergency appointment. Like most practices, Riverside Tooth Co. reserves several appointments for patients looking for emergency treatment. Your dentist will evaluate your situation, diagnose the issue, and provide the appropriate treatment. For example, if you have a knocked-out tooth, your dentist will reinsert it. Your dentist may recommend a dental implant or bridge if it cannot be saved. If you have an abscess, your dentist will examine the affected area and remove it, either through a root canal, tooth extraction, or incision & drainage. SCHEDULE AN EMERGENCY DENTAL APPOINTMENT TODAY! At Riverside Tooth Co., we are equipped to offer complete care for life-threatening dental conditions. Get in touch if you have a dental emergency in Riverside, and our dentists will address it right away. Get started by contacting us online or calling our office at (951) 435-8264 to book an emergency dental appointment.
You’ve got questions about wisdom teeth removal, and we’ve got answers at Riverside Tooth Co. In this blog, we’ll talk about some of the basics of wisdom teeth, when you may need to have them removed, and what to expect if you’re recovering from wisdom teeth removal. Read on to learn more! WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH & WHY DO WE HAVE THEM? The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that erupt in our mouths. The main difference between them and our other teeth is that they grow in much later. Most people have their full set of adult teeth by the age of 12 or 13, but wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17-25. Because of this, many people don’t have enough space in their mouths for their wisdom teeth. This is especially true of patients who have had orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign. The wisdom teeth might not fully erupt, or they could come out at an angle, and cause damage to the surrounding teeth, a higher risk of tooth infections, and other symptoms, which is why many patients opt to have these teeth removed. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NEEDING WISDOM TEETH REMOVED? If you are experiencing a lot of pain and tenderness near your rear teeth, you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. You may also notice inflammation of the gums near the rear of your mouth, or you may develop stiffness and pain in your jaw. All of these symptoms indicate that your wisdom teeth are not growing into your mouth properly, and may need to be removed. If you think your wisdom teeth are coming in improperly and may need to be removed, we recommend contacting our Riverside dentist for an appointment right away. Only a dentist can determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER? It will take you about 2 weeks to fully recover from the extraction process. Pain, discomfort, bleeding, and swelling will usually peak after 1-3 days, then begin to fade. After about a week, your mouth will feel much better, and most patients fully heal after 2 weeks. TIPS FOR HOME CARE & A SPEEDY RECOVERY Dr. Sandhu will provide you with a comprehensive set of recovery instructions, which you should follow to the letter. You’ll need to take a few steps to care for your smile and speed up your recovery. First, don’t brush your extraction site directly for a few days. Instead, rinse with salt water, and brush carefully around it to clean the rest of your teeth. You should also avoid heavy exertion and exercise for a few days after your extraction. Do not use a straw or suck/spit forcefully for a few days after your appointment. This can dislodge the blood clot in your extraction site, which will cause a painful complication called “dry socket.” It’s also important to eat a diet of mostly soft foods, usually for at least a week after your appointment. For more information, consult with the instructions given to you after your appointment by Dr. Sandhu. NEED HELP WITH WISDOM TEETH? CONTACT US TODAY! If you think that your wisdom teeth may need to come out, don’t wait. Extracting wisdom teeth is easier if you’re younger, so schedule a consultation with Dr. Sandhu right away. You can contact us online, or give us a call at (951) 435-8264 to get the help you need.
If you’re missing a single tooth in Riverside, you may be wondering if a dental implant is right for you, or if a dental bridge is a better option. Not sure what the difference is between these two treatments? Find out now in this blog from Riverside Tooth Co., and learn everything you need to know. WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS? Dental implants are made of two parts; an implant and an implant-supported restoration. The implant is made of titanium and shaped like a screw, and it’s surgically implanted into your jaw and gum tissue to function as an artificial tooth root. The implant-supported restoration is typically a dental crown, which is attached to the implant to replace your missing tooth, restoring your bite and your appearance. Dental implants have a number of great advantages compared to dental bridges. They are long-lasting, with a lifespan of 30+ years with proper care. They also look and feel completely natural, and do not require any specialized care. You can treat a single-tooth implant just like a natural tooth, and brush and floss it normally to keep it clean and healthy. However, there are some drawbacks. Implant surgery is invasive, and it takes about 3-6 months to heal from treatment, so this treatment takes much longer than a bridge. You also must have a strong jaw bone to have a dental implant, so this may not be the best choice if your jaw bone has already weakened due to tooth loss. WHAT ARE DENTAL BRIDGES? Dental bridges are made of two dental crowns, which are attached to healthy teeth on either side of your missing tooth. A false tooth (pontic) is attached to these two crowns, and it “bridges” the gap where your missing tooth used to be, restoring your smile and your bite. Bridges have been used for decades, and are a time-tested method of replacing missing teeth. Compared to dental implants, bridges have some key advantages. The treatment is very fast, first of all. You can restore your smile with a bridge in 2 appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks, in most cases, compared to 3-6 months for an implant. Bridges are also much less invasive, since there is no need to cut into your jaw bone or gums to place an implant. Bridges also have a very secure hold on your teeth compared to alternative treatments like partial dentures, since they’re permanently anchored using two crowns. As far as drawbacks go, a key disadvantage of bridges is that they require two of your healthy teeth to be trimmed. This process is not reversible, so these teeth will be permanently affected by the placement of a dental bridge. Bridges also have a 5-15 year lifespan, so they do not usually last as long as implants. It’s also somewhat more difficult to clean and maintain a bridge, compared to an implant. WHICH TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME? FIND OUT AT RIVERSIDE TOOTH CO! Still not sure if a bridge or dental implant is right for you? The team at Riverside Tooth Co. is here to help. Dr. Kabir Sandhu can explain each option in further detail, discuss the pros and cons of bridges vs. implants, and make sure you choose the right procedure for your needs. Contact us now online or give us a call at (951) 435-8264 to get started.