If You Have a Toothache in Ashburn…

Toothache

A toothache can be caused by many things—an injury, gum disease, even a popcorn kernel can get pretty painful when it’s stuck! But sometimes a toothache can mean a more serious problem.

Inside your tooth are the root canals inside the pulp, where all the blood vessels and other tissues that sustain your tooth are located. If bacteria get into the pulp or root canals, through decay or injury, then the nerves become infected and that requires treatment, usually what we call a root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy involves treating any infection, removing the damaged pulp, and cleaning out the canals so they’re free of bacteria or debris. We then fill the root canals so they’re sealed against bacteria getting back in.

Once the tooth and the sealant have healed, we’ll place a crown to reinforce the tooth. The result is you will be out of pain and free of infection. You’ll also have kept your natural tooth intact, which is always our first goal in our dental treatments.

A root canal is no different than any other dental therapy. Our technology and pain management therapies have made root canal treatment a much quicker procedure and most people feel no pain at all! So call Dr. Carter Reeves, your Ashburn dentist today at 571-465-2114 if you have any tooth pain. Root canal therapy are just one of the many dental services we provide. Ask about our general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services.

 

Baby Dental Care Tips for Moms in Ashburn, VA

imageThere’s so much to think about when a new baby arrives. It can be pretty daunting! When your baby is a newborn, dental care might be the last thing on your mind. Or like many people, you may think that baby teeth aren’t that important since they’ll eventually fall out.

But pediatric dental care in Ashburn should begin even before that first precious tooth appears. Start out by using a soft cloth and gently wipe his gums when you’re giving him his bath. When his teeth start to appear, use a soft baby toothbrush and a tiny drop of non-fluoride toothpaste to gently brush his teeth twice a day.

If your infant knocks out a baby tooth, don’t worry—a permanent tooth will eventually grow in its place. But take him to the dentist to make sure that no underlying teeth were damaged and will still have space to grow in. Baby teeth are important because they help your child eat and speak and because they hold a spot in your child’s mouth for his permanent teeth to come in properly.

Your baby should have a first dental checkup about the time of his or her first birthday. Starting early with routine dental care will help your child develop a lifetime of good habits. And don’t neglect your own dental care! Call our dental office in Ashburn for your checkup at 571-465-2114.