Posts for category: Oral Health

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
November 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   Root Canals  

Dentists perform over 15 million root canals every year because it is an effective way to preserve your original teeth. Many patients lose root canalteeth or have to have them extracted because they put off this important treatment for too long. Find out if you need a root canal treatment and what this therapy entails before you visit Dr. Michael Scheske at his Union, MO dentist office.

What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that allows your dentist to remove decay from the inside of a tooth. Without treatment, a decayed tooth will eventually degrade to the point where it has to be extracted. When a tooth is removed, it leaves your mouth vulnerable to a number of additional dental problems, such as gum disease and loss of bone tissue. So before an extraction is necessary, it's best to see your Union dentist to see if root canal treatment can help you.

When Do You Need One?
Most cavities can be cleaned up with a dental filling. But when tooth decay grows deep into the pulp of the tooth and starts to affect the nerves, a root canal may be needed. Here are a few signs that you may need one:

  • intense, throbbing pain that doesn't go away
  • severe hot or cold sensitivity that lingers
  • the tooth feels as if it might come loose
  • pimples forming on the gums near the affected tooth

What Your Appointment Will Be Like
After drilling into the decayed tooth, it will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. The tooth is then filled with a substance that will keep it free from bacteria. In most cases, the process can be completed in one visit. The last step is to come back to the dentist to have a permanent crown placed over the tooth. 

The Earlier You See a Dentist, the Better
The process of fixing a decayed tooth with root canal treatment is easier the earlier you see your dentist for an exam. Call (636) 583-8100 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scheske at his Union, MO office.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
June 02, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: ibuprofen   pain management  

Millions of Americans regularly use ibuprofen to manage minor pain and swelling. As with other fields in healthcare, the drug is a mainstay in dentistry especially for post-procedural discomfort. But ibuprofen and similar drugs also have side effects that can lead to serious health problems. So, should you be concerned about its safety?

For most people, ibuprofen is safe and effective — but only if used properly. Like aspirin, ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduces pain and inflammation by blocking the effect of substances called prostaglandins, released by injured or damaged tissues. NSAIDs differ in mechanism from pain relievers like steroids or narcotics and don’t have the same side effects, especially the addictive qualities and impaired consciousness potential of narcotics like morphine or codeine. While these more potent drugs are usually reserved for serious injuries or illnesses, NSAIDs like ibuprofen are ideal for mild to moderate pain following routine dental work.

The biggest concern for the use of an NSAID is its tendency to thin the blood, especially if used continuously over several weeks; this can make bleeding control more difficult after an injury. Prolonged overuse has also been linked to erosion of the stomach lining leading to ulcers or bleeding, kidney failure, early miscarriage and repeat heart attacks for patients with cardiovascular disease.

With this in mind, we recommend that adults take no more than 2,400 milligrams of ibuprofen during one twenty-four hour period for short-term pain relief unless otherwise recommended by a doctor. Research has shown that a single 400-milligram dose of ibuprofen is safe and effective for relieving even severe post-operative pain for about five hours in most people. On the other hand, we don’t recommend a NSAID during pregnancy or for people with a history of intestinal bleeding or heart attacks.

Taking into account your medical history and the procedure you’ll be undergoing, we will recommend the best pain management medication for your situation. In most cases, ibuprofen will be an effective means to reduce your discomfort level and, taken properly, will not pose a danger to your overall health.

If you would like more information on dental pain management, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Pain with Ibuprofen.”

By Office of Michael C. Scheske, DDS, PC
May 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals  

Root CanalsOf all of the dental procedures Michael C. Scheske, DDS, PC offers, root canal treatment is one of the most feared. For some reason, many Union residents believe that root canals are very painful. Thankfully, this could not be any further from the truth. Root canals don't cause pain - they take it away.

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure Union residents need when their teeth are infected or decayed on the inside, around the tooth root. This can happen as the result of a tooth chip or crack, deep decay or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of an infected or inflamed tooth can include pain, swelling, sensitivity, discoloration and drainage, but not all infected teeth present symptoms at all.

When Dr. Scheske performs a root canal treatment on a Union resident, the goal of the treatment is to clean out the infection, reduce the inflammation and take away the pain - not cause it. The treatment also fills the tooth to reduce the chances of developing further infection or inflammation in the future.

Thanks to modern anesthesia, having a root canal done should not be any more painful than having a filling placed. Many Union residents are actually surprised to find out how painless root canal treatment actually is. It really isn't painful or uncomfortable.

While some pain and sensitivity after the treatment are normal, these symptoms can usually be treated pretty easily with an over-the-counter pain medication. Plus, they generally subside pretty quickly, unlike the symptoms of an inflamed or infected tooth.

If your Union dentist recommends root canal treatment, there is no need to worry. The procedure isn't complicated, dangerous or painful. Instead, it is simply a routine procedure that dentists such as Dr. Scheske perform all of the time, and it is a procedure that will make you feel better, not worse.

Do you have one or more teeth that need a root canal? If so, call Dr. Scheske to set up an appointment today. You'll be glad you did.