Can A Tooth Be Put Back In After Being Knocked Out?

Dental trauma can be a frightening experience. Among the many types of dental trauma, a knocked out tooth is pretty severe. If your tooth has been avulsed (knocked completely out of the socket) you may be wondering if it can be put back in place. Here’s what you need to know to ensure the best possible outcome. 

What To Do For a Knocked Out Tooth

If a permanent tooth is knocked completely out of the mouth, the first thing to do is handle it carefully. Holding the tooth by the crown only, avoiding contact with the roots, rinse the tooth off in a cup of water or in the sink after plugging the drain. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket and bite down on some clean gauze. If you are not able to get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a cup of milk. You may still need to bite down on some gauze to control bleeding. 

As soon as possible, call Forest Lake Endodontics at 651-464-9888. During regular office hours we will make time to see you as soon as possible. After hours please follow the voicemail prompts to leave a message and someone will contact you with further instructions. 

How Long Can a Tooth Live Out of the Mouth? 

A tooth can live outside of the mouth for up to an hour when placed in milk. The tooth has the best chance of survival if it is out of the socket for no more than 30 minutes. This is why prompt treatment is crucial. 

How is a Knocked Out Tooth Treated?

Once the tooth is placed back in the socket it will need to be splinted to the other teeth in order to stabilize it while the tissues around it heal. Over time the support structures will tighten down on the tooth so that it is fully secure. Some sutures may be required if there was significant damage to the gum tissue. 

Can A Baby Tooth Be Put Back in the Socket?

A baby tooth should not be put back in the socket if it is knocked out. This is because it could cause damage to the permanent tooth underneath it. Only permanent teeth should be replaced after being avulsed. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Trauma 

Should you go to the ER for a knocked out tooth?

In most cases a knocked out tooth is best treated by a dentist or endodontist. However, if the situation becomes serious, such as loss of consciousness, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. 

How long does it take for a knocked out tooth to heal?

It can take up to 4-6 weeks for a knocked out tooth to be fully supported in the socket again. The tissues take time to heal and the support structures need time to tighten back down on the tooth. You’ll need to be careful to eat a soft diet and avoid chewing in the area of the healing tooth. 

Why See an Endodontist For Knocked Out Tooth? 

Endodontists specialize in restoring the health of teeth. When a tooth is knocked out there is often damage to the roots or the root canal, which affects the dental pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth. Forest Lake Endodontics has the necessary expertise that offers the best chance of saving your tooth. 

In case of a knocked out tooth or other dental trauma, call 651-464-9888 as soon as possible, both during or after office hours. 

What Is The Difference Between A Root Canal & Apical Surgery?

When it comes to endodontic treatment, there are surgical and non-surgical options. The type of treatment is determined by the situation and the patient’s individual needs. The most common non-surgical endodontic treatment is root canal therapy and the most common surgical endodontic treatment is an apicoectomy. 

What is Root Canal Therapy? 

Root canal therapy is the process of removing the dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The dental pulp is the soft tissue at the center of each tooth, contained in the root canal. During a root canal all of the dental pulp is removed, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected, and then it is filled with a replacement material which seals the canal. In most cases the final step is to place a crown over the tooth for protection from further infection, if it’s not already crowned.

Why is Root Canal Therapy Necessary? 

The dental pulp contains blood vessels and nerves, making it susceptible to infection. Bacteria can enter the root canal through a crack or a deep cavity in a tooth, resulting in an infection. Root canal therapy can eliminate the infection and prevent the tooth from being reinfected. 

What is Apical Surgery? 

In some cases an infected tooth requires surgery. An apicoectomy is a procedure that involves access beneath the gum tissue to treat the root of a tooth. In most cases the tip of the root, the apex, is removed. The root canal tip is cleaned out and disinfected, and a filling is placed into the tip of the root. This prevents reinfection of the tooth through the root. 

Why is Apical Surgery Necessary? 

Apical surgery may be necessary if root canal therapy was unsuccessful, a cyst is present, or if there is damage to the root of the tooth that requires access under the gum tissue. In some cases the root of a tooth begins to break down due to injury or infection, and apical surgery can often stop the deterioration and reverse the effects. 

Which Type of Treatment Do I Need?

If you have a tooth that is in need of endodontic treatment, you will need to have an evaluation to determine what the best course of treatment would be. Your endodontist will most likely take X-Rays , such as a CBCT, of your teeth in order to view the inside of the tooth and under the gums. Treatment will be planned accordingly to give you the best chance that your tooth can be saved. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals and Apical Surgery 

Will I feel any pain with either procedure? 

Local anesthesia is used to numb the nerves in the area being treated so that you feel no pain. If you feel nervous or anxious about the procedure, we offer sedation options to help make your experience more relaxing and stress-free. 

Are these procedures worth it, or can I just have the tooth pulled? 

It is always in the best interest of your oral health to have root canal therapy or apical surgery to save the tooth. When your natural tooth remains in place it can function more effectively and preserve your smile. Leaving a gap in your mouth can cause your other teeth to shift out of place and replacing the tooth is a more expensive procedure. 

Schedule a Consultation Today 

If you have a toothache or your dentist has recommended that you see an endodontist, schedule a consultation with Forest Lake Endodontics today. We provide high quality endodontic care for the best chance of saving your natural teeth. We offer GentleWave technology for root canal therapy that makes the procedure more comfortable with faster recovery. 

To learn more, call 651-464-9888 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Would I Want To Pay More For The GentleWave Procedure?

GentleWave is the latest technology in root canal therapy. This technique is revolutionizing the way dentists and endodontists perform root canals. However the GentleWave procedure costs more than a traditional root canal. Why pay more? Here’s what you should know. 

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a procedure that reviews the infection or damaged nerve of a tooth. Inside the root canal is the dental pulp, which is composed of the blood vessels and nerves. If bacteria enters the root canal it can infect the dental pulp, such as a crack or decay. 

During root canal therapy the dental pulp is removed from the tooth and replaced with a filler material that seals the roots inside the canals and is resistant to infection. The root canal is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected before being filled. Gentlewave encompasses about 350cc of disinfection fluid vs about 30cc of passive fluid with the traditional , basic root canal procedure.

What is the GentleWave Procedure? 

The GentleWave Procedure is a method of performing root canal therapy that uses fluid dynamics and acoustic technology instead of passive disinfection with a syringe to remove the dental pulp and thoroughly clean out the root canal. 

Benefits of the GentleWave Procedure

GentleWave technology offers many benefits over traditional root canal procedures: 

Is GentleWave Worth It? 

With all of the above benefits, GentleWave may be worth the additional cost. It can even save you money in the long run by treating the tooth more effectively the first time and increasing its lifespan. If you are anxious about getting a root canal, GentleWave would make the procedure more comfortable and relaxing for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions About GentleWave 

Is GentleWave covered by dental insurance? 

Most dental insurance plans are not yet covering GentleWave for root canal procedures. This accounts for the majority of the additional cost over traditional root canal therapy. 

How Can I Afford GentleWave? 

If your insurance doesn’t cover GentleWave, you can use your HSA or FSA funds for the procedure. You can also finance the procedure with CareCredit, Sunbit, charge card or another lender of your choice. 

Why Choose Forest Lake Endodontics? 

At Forest Lake Endodontics we believe in offering our patients the most advanced technology available if it can improve their level of comfort and care. GentleWave is just one way we have improved the patient experience at our practice. 

Call 651-464-9888 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

When Does A Tooth Need Endodontic Retreatment?

The most common endodontic treatment is root canal therapy. This procedure can often save a tooth that is infected or at risk. In most cases a single root canal procedure is enough for a tooth. But in other cases endodontic retreatment may be necessary. 

When does a tooth need endodontic retreatment? Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms. 

What is Endodontic Retreatment? 

Endodontic retreatment is essentially a repeat root canal. When the first root canal is not effective at treating or preventing infection, endodontic retreatment may still be able to save the tooth. 

During a root canal the dental pulp (soft tissue made up of blood vessels and nerves) is removed from the inside of the tooth and filled with a natural rubber like material. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected before it is filled and covered with a crown. However , as time passes, sometimes the filler material begins to leak over time & needs to be resealed.

During endodontic retreatment, the filler material is removed and the tooth is more thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected to ensure that all of the old filler materials is removed & a deeper, tighter seal is replaced. Gentlewave may be used to ensure that even the tiniest areas are cleaned & ultrasonically disinfected.

Signs Your Tooth May Need Endodontic Retreatment.

The following signs and symptoms could indicate that your tooth needs to be retreated: 

What Causes a Tooth to Need Endodontic Retreatment?

A tooth may need endodontic retreatment due to the following causes: 

Frequently Asked Questions About Endodontic Retreatment

Can endodontic retreatment save the natural tooth?

In many cases endodontic retreatment is successful at saving the natural tooth. Even if the first root canal was not effective or the tooth developed a second infection afterwards, endodontic retreatment still may be able to save it. Gentlewave increases the chance of success over traditional methods of disinfection.

Can the same crown be used after endodontic retreatment?

If your tooth has a crown over it after the first root canal, we can often drill a small hole through it to perform endodontic retreatment. The same crown will likely be saved, but in some cases a new crown will be needed. 

Why See an Endodontist for Retreatment?

An endodontist specializes in root canal therapy and endodontic retreatment. Forest Lake Endodontics has the advanced technology and experience necessary to provide endodontic retreatment that ensures the tooth is treated effectively. 
Call  651-464-9888  or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Dental Cyst: Causes and Treatment

Dent cysts are common and usually benign. They may form anywhere in the mouth and are sometimes visible but sometimes not. Cysts may be detected through dental X-rays if they are not able to be spotted during a visual examination. 

If you have a dental cyst, you may be wondering what caused it to form and how it should be treated. Here’s an overview of the different types of dental cysts and what can be done about them. 

What is a Dental Cyst?

A dental cyst is a sac or a bump in the mouth, often filled with fluid. It may also be filled with pus or soft tissue in some cases. Dental cysts can form around impacted teeth (under the gums) or around fully erupted teeth. They may also form in the soft tissues of the mouth. Dental cysts are usually benign, meaning they are non-cancerous. 

Types of Dental Cysts 

There are a few different types of dental cysts: 

Causes of Dental Cysts 

Dental cysts can be caused by a variety of situations:

Treatment for Dental Cysts 

The most common treatment for a dental cyst is to drain it and remove it. The tissue will be numbed and the fluid or tissue will be removed.

But in order to permanently treat the cyst, the source of the problem must be addressed. This could mean any of the following: 

Who Treats Dental Cysts?

Dental cysts may be treated by your dentist or a dental specialist such as an endodontist. The right dental professional to handle your cyst may depend on the type and cause of the cyst. Forest Lake Endodontics provides treatment for dental cysts. We also address the source of the cyst to provide a long term solution. 

To learn more, call 651-464-9888 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cysts

Does dental cyst treatment hurt? 

You should experience no discomfort with the treatment of a dental cyst. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area of the mouth where the cyst is located. Having your cyst removed will relieve any pain you felt as a result of the cyst. 

Does a dental cyst always need treatment? 

It is best to seek treatment for a dental cyst as soon as you are aware of it. While they are typically benign, there may be a dental or oral health cause behind it that should be treated.

How Long Can You Put Off a Root Canal?

When you hear the phrase "root canal", it can stir up a lot of fear. Most of us would rather avoid dental procedures altogether, and a root canal is no exception.

But there is a point when the toothache becomes too unbearable, and the solution is to do a root canal. But how long can you delay it? The answer is that it depends on the severity of the infection and the condition of the tooth. The countdown begins when the dentist diagnoses a toothache as an abscess that requires a root canal.

It is important to understand that delaying a root canal will not make the pain go away, but it can cause further damage to the tooth and even the surrounding teeth and gums. In order to avoid this, it is important to act quickly and follow the dentist's instructions. 

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat a severely damaged, infected or decayed tooth. During the procedure, the infected area in the tooth is removed, the root canal is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed, and then the roots are filled. Root canals are usually recommended when the nerve of the tooth is infected or damaged and the infection has spread beyond the repair of a regular filling. The goal of a root canal is to save the damaged tooth and prevent further infection.

The first step in diagnosing a root canal is a dental examination. The dentist will look for signs of decay, infection, and damage to the tooth. If a root canal is recommended, the dentist will explain the procedure and the potential risks and benefits. After a root canal is performed, the patient may experience some pain or discomfort for a few days, but this should resolve itself with proper aftercare.

Signs of a Tooth Infection That Needs a Root Canal

The most common sign of a tooth infection that needs a root canal is a severe toothache. This pain will usually be accompanied by swelling of the gums and jaw, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and sometimes discoloration of the tooth. If the infection is severe, the patient may also experience fever, bad breath, and a foul taste and swelling in the mouth.

If the patient is experiencing any of these symptoms, they should contact their dentist immediately. Delaying a root canal can cause the infection to spread and cause further damage to the tooth and surrounding teeth and gums.

Reasons to Delay a Root Canal

There are a few reasons why a patient may choose to delay a root canal. The most common is cost. Root canals can be expensive, and the patient may not be able to afford the procedure right away.

Another reason is fear. Many people are afraid of the pain that comes with root canals, so they may choose to delay the procedure until they are more comfortable with it.

It is important to understand that delaying a root canal can cause more damage to the tooth, so it is best to address the issue as soon as possible. If the patient is unable to afford the procedure or is too scared to have it done, they should discuss their options with their dentist. We offer 12 month interest free payment plans, if needed. 

How Long Can You Delay a Root Canal?

The length of time a patient can delay a root canal depends on the severity of the infection and the condition of the tooth. If the infection is severe, the patient should have the root canal as soon as possible. Delaying the procedure can cause the infection to spread and cause further damage to the tooth and surrounding teeth and gums.

In some cases, the dentist may recommend a partial root canal procedure in an emergency to help relieve the pain while the patient is waiting for the completed root canal. This is usually the case if the patient is unable to have the procedure right away or there is too much swelling/infection present. The medication and temporary filling will help to calm down the infection from spreading while the patient is waiting for the root canal.

To fully eliminate the infection and save your tooth, a root canal should be performed within a few weeks of diagnosis.

Risks of Delaying a Root Canal

Delaying a root canal can cause the infection to spread and cause further damage to the tooth and surrounding teeth and gums. The infection can also spread to the jawbone, which can lead to a bone infection. An abscess is a pocket of bone infection that can cause severe pain and swelling. If left untreated, an abscess can lead to tooth loss and bone damage.

In addition, delaying a root canal can also cause the tooth to become brittle and more prone to breakage. This can lead to further damage to the tooth and the need for more extensive dental work.

Aftercare Following a Root Canal

After the root canal is complete, the patient will need to follow a few steps in order to ensure a successful recovery. The patient should take any pain medications as directed and avoid eating on that side of their mouth. The patient should also avoid chewing on the affected side for the first few days following the procedure.

It is also important to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash or warm salt water, and avoiding sugar, acidic foods and drinks. The patient should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for the first few days following the procedure ideally, too, for best healing.

Root Canal Therapy in Forest Lake

Root canals are an effective way to treat a severely damaged or decayed tooth. However, it is important to understand that delaying a root canal can cause further damage to the tooth and the surrounding teeth and gums. It is best to have the procedure done as soon as possible.

Root canals are often viewed as a frightening experience, but with the right preparation and aftercare, the procedure is proven successful and comfortable. Contact us at 651-464-9888 at the first sign of a toothache.

Why Do I Need a Splint?

Your dentist or endodontist may recommend that you wear a splint. Dental splints come in a variety of different forms that are used for various reasons. If you’re wondering why you need a splint, it could be due to any of the following. 

Reasons for Dental Splints

Dental splints are a helpful tool when it comes to your oral health. The following conditions may be treated with a dental splint: 

Endodontic Uses for Dental Splints 

Endodontics is a special field of dentistry that focuses on the dental pulp, the soft tissue at the center of each tooth. The health of a tooth depends on the pulp, as it contains the blood vessels and nerves that sustain the tooth. 

When dental trauma occurs, such as a blow to the face or a fall that results in a dental injury, an endodontist can provide the necessary treatment to save one or more teeth. Teeth that are knocked loose or even knocked out can be replaced in many cases and a splint is used to stabilize them while the support structures heal. A splint may be used after endodontic surgery for stability during recovery. 

Why Choose Forest Lake Endodontics?

You never expect dental trauma or emergencies to occur, but when they do, Forest Lake Endodontics provides skilled, reliable treatment. We are available when you need us. 

Call 651-464-9888 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Splints 

How long will I need to wear a splint? 

The length of time you will need to wear a dental splint depends on your individual needs and your dentist’s instructions. It may be a few weeks, a few months, or even years in some situations. 

Are splints visible? 

Many splints are made of clear plastic that is virtually invisible on your teeth. In some cases the splint may consist of a metal wire that is placed behind your teeth where it is less visible. Most dental splints are discreet. 

Can A Cracked Tooth Be Saved?

A cracked tooth is a relatively common occurrence. It becomes increasingly common with age. Teeth may crack in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons. 

If you have a cracked tooth, you may be wondering if it can be saved and how. This will depend on a few factors such as the length, the direction, and the location of the crack, as well as the condition of the tooth. Here’s what you need to know about treatment for a cracked tooth. 

Types of Cracks in Teeth 

There are a few different types of cracks that can develop in teeth: 

Symptoms of Cracked Teeth 

It is not always obvious that a tooth is cracked. Some cracks are small or occur in parts of the teeth that are difficult to see. Here are the common symptoms of a cracked tooth

Treatment for Cracked Teeth

Cracked tooth treatment often includes the following:  

What Happens if the Tooth Can’t Be Saved?

If the crack is too severe to save the tooth, it will need to be extracted. It is always in your best interest to replace a tooth after extraction. This keeps your teeth in proper alignment, restores chewing capabilities, and prevents bone loss in the jaw. Replacing the tooth with a dental implant is the best restoration option in most cases. 

Where Should I Go For Cracked Tooth Treatment? 

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in saving teeth by treating the dental pulp inside each tooth. Forest Lake Endodontics provides treatment for cracked teeth that offers the best chance of saving the natural tooth and root system. 

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, call 651-464-9888 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

What Is Apical Surgery?

When decay causes severe damage to a tooth, the first line of defense is usually a root canal. This is typically an effective solution because it involves removal of the damaged portions, including the pulp and nerve.

Some infections can be external to the tooth and may best be treated with a different approach than traditional root canal treatment; root canals can sometimes fail, or may not be an option at all. In those cases, an apicoectomy, or apical microsurgery, may be a viable solution. Here’s what you should know about this dental procedure.

What Is an Apicoectomy?

Much like a root canal, apical surgery involves the removal of the infected areas from within and around the root end. Your endodontist will typically only recommend this procedure if you had a root canal and it has a persistent infection, abscess, or cyst.

While surgery may not be your preference, it may be the best chance you have at salvaging your tooth. Otherwise, your endodontist may recommend extracting the tooth as an alternative. While it’s an option, it does involve more extensive work beyond just removing the affected tooth.

Once that tooth is extracted, your provider will replace it with either a bridge, implant, or partial denture. These devices fill the gap, both aesthetically and functionally, making it easier for you to chew and protecting neighboring teeth from moving.

Since this kind of work typically involves performing surgery even on those healthy neighboring teeth, it makes sense to consider endodontic surgery instead. When performed by an experienced professional, you can have confidence that your natural tooth may be restored.

How Can You Tell if a Root Canal is Reinfected?

Root canal reinfection isn’t always obvious. Symptoms may not emerge right away, but eventually, you might experience some of the following issues that require follow up and re-evaluation with your endodontist’s office.

When Should You Be Concerned?

It’s natural to feel some pain after a root canal, especially as the numbing medication wears off. You can usually manage that with over-the-counter medication as advised by your provider. However, if your pain persists or becomes worse, or if it affects your ability to go about your everyday routine, it might be a sign of potential root canal failure.

Your endodontist will typically take an X-ray of the area to determine the efficacy of the root canal. They’ll assess the condition of the pulp, the ligament, and the surrounding bone. If it’s still inflamed or if signs of infection are present, then they may advise apical surgery to treat it.

What Happens During Apical Surgery?

Your endodontist will begin by numbing the area surrounding the treatment site. You shouldn’t feel any pain, but may experience mild pressure throughout the procedure. Plus, you can communicate with your endodontist if necessary.

The procedure itself involves creating a microscopic opening in the gum surrounding the affected area. From here, your endodontist can then reach and remove the infected apex and any inflamed tissue. They’ll then clean this area thoroughly before placing a filling there to create a seal. A final X-ray may be taken to confirm that the procedure was performed successfully. As a final step, they’ll stitch the gums closed to promote healing.

What Can You Expect After Apical Surgery?

As with any dental procedure, you might have some mild discomfort due to swelling after apical surgery. However, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) reports that post-surgical pain is usually minor at best. You should be able to resume normal activities within a day.

It’s important to take the right precautionary measures after apical surgery. Your endodontist will advise you to avoid eating anything that is crunchy, hard, or sticky, all of which could disturb the surgical site and potentially harm the stitches.

Taking consistent over-the-counter painkillers is usually effective for managing any discomfort you have and reducing inflammation. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection. Finally, be sure to attend follow-up appointments with your endodontist as required to ensure that the surgical site is healing properly.  

Apical Surgery at Forest Lake Endodontics

If you fear your root canal has failed or you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, let the team at Forest Lake Endodontics help. We’re committed to providing you with a comfortable experience from start to finish. Find out more about our apical surgery services and learn how we can salvage your tooth, or give us a call at 651-464-9888 to schedule an appointment today.

What Does A Crack In The Tooth Root Mean?

If you notice a crack in the root of one of your teeth or your dentist tells you that you have one, you might be rather concerned. What does having a crack in the tooth root mean for you? It's a serious dental condition that needs treatment as soon as possible.

What is a Tooth Root Crack?

Also called a root fracture, a crack in your tooth's root occurs when the tooth has been cracked, broken, or otherwise compromised, and it extends from the chewing surface down into the root of the tooth below the gumline. These cracks can be problematic, in part because they often aren't noticeable on routine dental exams or dental X-rays.

Root fractures can happen due to the following:

Symptoms of a Tooth Root Fracture

Tooth root fracture symptoms aren't always apparent or can even mimic other dental problems. Common signs and symptoms of a root fracture you should be aware of include:

Root Fracture Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing a root fracture can be difficult, as the signs and symptoms aren't always definitive. Your dentist will usually complete a thorough examination, including taking dental X-rays and possibly using additional diagnostic tools, to confirm or rule out the presence of a root fracture.

The extent and location of the fracture will dictate the treatment options available. Sometimes, your dentist can perform a root canal procedure to remove the fractured part of the root and alleviate pain. However, suppose the fracture is extensive or involves the root tip. In that case, tooth extraction may be the best or even only option.

Do You Have a Tooth Root Crack? Forest Lake Endodontics Can Help

If you suspect you have a root fracture or are experiencing any dental pain or discomfort, seek prompt evaluation and treatment from one of our qualified dentists. Keep in mind that early detection and appropriate management will help preserve your tooth and prevent further complications.

Please call our office at 651-464-9888 or send us a message to schedule an appointment if you suspect a cracked tooth root.

3 Signs You Need a Root Canal

You might need a root canal if there is a problem within your entire tooth, not just on the surface (as with a cavity). Tooth pain is frequently the initial sign that something is wrong deep down in the tooth. Still, other concerning symptoms such as tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, inflamed gums, cracks in the tooth, and tooth discoloration could also mean you need a root canal.

Being aware of the three primary signs that you might need a root canal can help you end the pain you might experience and—in many cases—save your tooth.

3 Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

Tooth discomfort is often problematic because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what the problem could be when it's still in the early stages. It's common to have a vague sense of discomfort in our mouths that we may not even associate with a particular tooth or area.

However, as time goes on, if you need a root canal (or even other dental work), it will become more evident. There are several warning signs that you might need a root canal; the following are the most common. If you experience any of them, you should make it a point to see a dentist as soon as possible.  

Persistent Tooth Pain and Sensitivity

If putting pressure on your tooth (such as when you eat) causes pain, you should get the tooth checked. Pain with chewing isn't normal and could mean you have a deeper issue, such as cracks or severe decay in or around the tooth.

Additionally, if drinking hot tea or coffee causes a toothache, it could indicate that your tooth enamel is compromised or your gum has receded around the tooth, exposing some of the root. Similarly, if it hurts when you eat or drink something cold, it's time to make a dentist appointment.

Tooth Discoloration

Having a discolored tooth doesn't automatically mean you need a root canal. In some cases, there may not be cause for concern as the discoloration may be related to hygiene or caused by frequently eating or drinking substances known to cause the teeth to darken, such as tea, coffee, wine, or certain spices.

However, if the discoloration is only on one tooth, it could indicate nerve or blood vessel damage, and you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Chips or cracks in a tooth can be caused by various accidents, playing contact sports, biting down on something hard, or chewing very hard or crunchy foods routinely. Even still, if a tooth becomes chipped or cracked, it should be repaired to stop harmful and unwanted bacteria from getting inside the tooth and causing an infection.

With many blood vessels in each tooth, a tooth infection can quickly spread to the bloodstream, which can cause even more severe issues. As such, you must call a dentist right away if you have a cracked or chipped tooth.

Are You Concerned About Your Teeth? Contact Forest Lake Endodontics Today

If you are experiencing any concerning symptoms, please call our office at 651-464-9888 or send us a message to request your treatment. We can get you in quickly to evaluate your teeth and determine the right course of treatment for your problem. 

What Do You Do If Your Tooth Is Cracked Under a Crown?

Discovering a cracked tooth beneath a dental crown can be quite concerning. A cracked tooth not only compromises your oral health but also raises questions about the integrity of the crown. If your tooth is cracked under a crown, there are several steps you should take to ensure the best outcome possible.

Signs of a Cracked Tooth Beneath a Crown

Identifying a cracked tooth under a crown may require some observation and awareness. Common signs include:

Suppose you notice any of these symptoms or suspect a crack. In that case, it's essential to schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly.

Seek a Professional Dental Evaluation

When faced with a cracked tooth under a crown, the first step is to visit your dentist as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation. You could experience pain, infection, or other complications if left for too long.

Your dentist will examine the affected tooth, assess the extent of the crack, and determine the best course of action. They may use X-rays or other diagnostic imaging to help evaluate and provide a clear understanding of what is going on with your tooth and crown.

Treatment Options

The proper treatment for a cracked tooth under a crown depends on several factors, including:

Treatment options may include the following:

Crown Replacement

If the crown is undamaged and fits well, it may be possible to remove it, repair the crack in the underlying tooth, and then re-cement the crown back in its place. However, this option is only viable if the crown remains intact and is in good condition.

Crown and Tooth Restoration

In cases where the crack extends into the tooth structure or the crown is damaged, your dentist may recommend both crown replacement and tooth restoration. Doing so involves removing the damaged crown, addressing the crack in the tooth, and placing a new crown or an alternative restoration, such as a dental implant or bridge.

Tooth Extraction

In severe cases where the crack is extensive, or the tooth isn't saveable, tooth extraction may be necessary. To restore function and aesthetics, your dentist will discuss alternative tooth replacement options, such as dental implants or bridges.

Follow Post-Treatment Recommendations

After undergoing the necessary dental treatment for a cracked tooth under a crown, following your dentist's post-treatment recommendations is crucial. You should:

Do You Have a Cracked Tooth? Contact Forest Lake Endodontics Today

Discovering a cracked tooth beneath a dental crown can be concerning. It's essential to seek prompt, professional dental evaluation and follow the recommended treatment. By addressing the issue early and working with your dentist, you can restore the health and function of your tooth while ensuring the long-term success of your dental restoration.

If you have a cracked tooth beneath a crown or other dental concerns, call Forest Lake Endodontics at  651-464-9888  or book an appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve your dental health goals.

Are Root Canals Safe?

Root canal treatments can save a tooth that is severely infected or damaged due to deep decay, trauma, or other factors. An experienced dentist removes the infected pulp from the tooth's root canal system during the procedure. Then they clean and disinfect the area, fill the tooth and seal it to prevent further infection.

If your dentist recommends a root canal, you may wonder if this treatment is safe. Root canals are generally considered safe and effective dental procedures. Here's what you need to know about the procedure.

Local Anesthesia

Dentists usually perform root canals with patients under local anesthesia, ensuring that the area around the tooth is numb and the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure. Dentists also take additional measures so that patients experience minimal pain or discomfort during the treatment process.

Infection Control

Root canal treatment should eliminate infection and prevent its recurrence. By removing the infected pulp, cleaning the root canal, and sealing it, your dentist aims to eliminate the source of the infection and promote healing while saving the tooth. Using antimicrobial solutions and disinfectants during the procedure further enhances its effectiveness in removing bacteria.

Advanced Techniques and Technology

Thankfully, dentistry has evolved significantly over the years, and root canal procedures benefit from its advanced techniques and technology. These technological advances make root canals even safer than they were before.

Dentists now have access to improved instruments, such as rotary files, which make the procedure more efficient and precise. Additionally, digital imaging techniques allow for better visualization and diagnosis of the affected tooth.

Your Dentist's Expertise

The safety and success of a root canal procedure will naturally depend on the dentist's skill and expertise. Choosing a qualified and experienced dentist who regularly performs root canals is essential to ensure optimal outcomes. Our dentists have extensive training and experience in endodontics (the branch of dentistry focusing on root canal treatment) to provide safe and effective patient care.

Post-Treatment Care

After a root canal, it's crucial that you follow your dentist's post-treatment instructions to ensure proper healing and long-term success. Your should:

As with any medical or dental procedure, rare complications are sometimes associated with root canals. However, with proper diagnosis, treatment planning, and execution by a skilled dentist, the risks are minimal. Open communication with your dentist is essential. 

At Forest Lake Endodontics, our dental providers will address any questions or concerns you may have so that you can fully understand the procedure and its expected outcomes.

Questions about Root Canals? Contact Forest Lake Endodontics Today

If you have specific concerns about the safety of a root canal procedure, it's best to consult with an experienced dentist who can assess your individual case and provide personalized advice based on your dental health. Call Forest Lake Endodontics at  651-464-9888  or book an appointment online to learn more about root canals and how we ensure your safety during and after the procedure.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Endodontic Surgery?

No two people are the same, and therefore recovery times from endodontic surgeries may vary from person to person. However, after two weeks of endodontic surgery, most people will be free of pain, tenderness, or swelling. That said, because the surgery does involve the jaw, complete healing may take a few months. Your unique recovery time may also depend upon the type of procedure you have performed and how well you follow your post-surgery instructions. Here’s what to expect if you need endodontic surgery.

Why is Endodontic Surgery Done?

Surgery is always a last resort, so endodontic surgery will only be performed if non-surgical treatments are unable to treat your condition. For example, if a root canal does not alleviate pain or infection, it may be due to a problem with the tip of the root, which must be removed. 

In other cases, a cracked tooth may not be able to be saved with a root canal and a dental crown and will require surgery to treat. In rare cases, endodontic surgery may be needed if the tissues surrounding the root begin to resorb the tooth’s root.

Types of Endodontic Surgeries

The overarching goal of endodontic surgeries is to prevent the loss of teeth. However, each type of surgery has specific goals.


An apicoectomy is also called apical surgery. This type of endodontic surgery is performed to remove the tip of an irritated or inflamed tooth root. During this surgery, any surrounding soft tissue that is also inflamed or irritated will be removed. 

Root Resorption

During a root resorption surgery, your endodontist will expose the areas of the root being affected, and remove the tissue that is resorbing the root. Surgery for root resorption may also include a root canal. 


Teeth that have cracked in a root may be saved through an endodontic surgery known as a hemisection or root amputation. This surgery removes the injured section of the tooth and a proportionate part of the root. You may need a hemisection or root amputation if:

Tips for a Healthy Recovery from Endodontic Surgery

Your recovery from endodontic surgery will depend in large part on how well you follow your post-operative instructions. To that end, you must:

If at any time during your recovery period, you experience ongoing bleeding or extreme swelling, notify your endodontist immediately.

Schedule Your Endodontic Surgery in Forest Lake, MN

Forest Lake Endodontics is a top endodontic practice serving residents of Forest Lake, Stillwater, Blaine, Maplewood, Woodbury, White Bear Lake, Hugo, and surrounding communities. To book your appointment call  651-464-9888 , or send us a message