Signs That a Root Canal Procedure May Be Needed

Raphael Arwas, DDS, is a licensed oral health provider in Florida. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, he has been practicing out of his own dental office, Hallandale Beach Dental, since 2008. At his office, Dr. Raphael Arwas focuses on providing cosmetic and general dentistry services including root canal treatment.

Root canals are used when a tooth nerve has been damaged beyond repair. While a dentist is needed to determine whether a root canal procedure is necessary or not, there are several signs people can look out for that may indicate they need a root canal. Tooth pain, ranging from minor discomfort to severe, is one of the most common signs. Severe pain may be so bad an individual wakes up from sleeping and most pain will be located along the jaw and even up to the temples. Changes in pain level may occur depending on the position of the head, and biting or chewing may cause sudden bursts in pain.

Teeth that require a root canal also exhibit extreme sensitivity to temperature. While teeth typically react to cold temperatures, a normal reaction goes away fairly rapidly while one caused by a damaged root lingers after the cold stimuli is gone. The affected tooth may also darken in color compared to those around it and the gum above the tooth may swell.

An Overview of Teeth Whitening

For the last seven years, Raphael Arwas, DDS, has led operations at Florida’s Hallandale Beach Dental. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Raphael Arwas works in areas ranging from dental implants to Zoom! whitening.

Teeth can take on a yellow hue, as well as various stains, for several different reasons. These reasons can range from genetic influences to environmental behaviors. Certain foods and beverages can create yellow teeth, as can unhealthy activities like smoking tobacco products. These stains remain on a tooth’s surface for some period of time, though repeated actions and improper tooth care can allow the stains to infiltrate the enamel and actually alter the color of dentin. At this point reversing the darker, yellow nature of teeth can become a challenge.

Various whitening products and processes are available to individuals with stained dentin. Examples include special toothpastes, approved rinses and strips, and professionally administered solutions such as Philips Zoom! whitening. Each product addresses surface and dentin stains in different ways. Whitening toothpaste, for example, will likely feature cleansing silica molecules, while special brushes use rotating bristles to scrub stains out of the enamel. Individuals with yellow teeth should contact their dentist to discuss whitening options.

About Sedation Dentistry

Raphael Arwas, DDS, owns Hallandale Beach Dental, where he performs a variety of procedures, including implant placement and root canals. Dr. Raphael Arwas offers sedation dentistry to patients who feel anxious about receiving dental treatment.

Sedation dentistry offers a number of options to help patients feel calmer in the dentist’s chair. The effects range from simple relaxation to the full unconsciousness of general anesthesia, and the specific methods are chosen based on an individual patient’s needs.

For instance, a patient simply looking to be more at ease during treatment may undergo inhaled minimal sedation, which relies on nitrous oxide to calm the patient’s nerves. Minimal sedation may also involve the use of oral sedatives like Halcion, a drug related to Valium.

For moderate sedation, in which a patient becomes extremely groggy and may not remember the procedure well, a dentist may use a larger dose of an oral sedative or an intravenous sedative. Based on the dosage, the practitioner may also use intravenous sedatives to induce deep sedation or a general anesthetized state. Deep sedation sends the patient close to or into unconsciousness, though the patient can awaken without the use of medication, whereas an anesthetized patient must remain unconscious until the anesthesia wears off or the patient receives medical intervention.