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    How to Care for Your Teeth After a Root Canal

    Last updated 8 hours 53 minutes ago

    A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is an effective way to treat an infected tooth. In order for your root canal to be successful, however, you must care for your teeth properly after the procedure. Keep reading to find out how to care for your teeth after a root canal.

    Post Treatment Symptoms

    After you complete your root canal procedure, you may experience several temporary symptoms as a result of the treatment. While your tooth heals you may feel tenderness in both the tooth and your jaw. Your tooth also may simply feel different, but this symptom will also subside. If these symptoms do not gradually dissipate or if you experience substantial pressure or pain, contact your endodontist as soon as possible. The first step in caring for your teeth after a root canal is being aware of the normal symptoms and differentiating them from abnormal symptoms that may indicate a complication.


    You should not eat anything immediately after your root canal procedure because the numbness in your mouth may cause you to bite your tongue or accidentally chew using your newly treated tooth. You should avoid using your treated tooth in the days following the procedure; try eating smaller, softer foods or drinking nutrient-filled shakes. 


    Many people effectively treat their post-treatment symptoms with over the counter pain medication. This helps to ease any pain or tenderness you may feel in the days after the procedure. In some cases your doctor may prescribe you with stronger pain medications.


    Once your tooth is healed, keep it healthy by practicing good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once each day as well. You should also be seeing your dentist regularly for checkups.

    For more information about how to care for your teeth after a root canal procedure, contact Southport Dental. We are a dentistry practice that proudly serves the Indianapolis and Greenwood areas. To learn more about our crowns, dentures, implants, and other services, feel free to visit our website. You can also reach us by calling (317) 497-5061 today. 

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    Treating an Abscessed Tooth

    Last updated 8 days ago

    An abscessed tooth occurs when a hole or a crack allows bacteria to enter the pulp of the tooth. This can have negative consequences if left untreated. Watch this video to learn about how an abscessed tooth is treated.

    When the pulp in your tooth becomes infected, a root canal is an appropriate treatment. During this procedure a dentist will clean the center of the tooth and remove its infected pulp. In most cases, a crown is then placed on the treated tooth for extra strength and support. This treatment can be done in as little as one visit with minimal pain, and the tooth will last a lifetime.

    For more information about the treatment of an abscessed tooth, call Southport Dental or visit our website. We specialize in crowns, implants, tooth extractions, and more in the Greenwood and Indianapolis areas. If you would like to know more about us, feel free to give us a call at (317) 497-5061. 

    How Lumineers Work

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Lumineers can be used to effectively treat a variety of dental problems. They can even be applied in as little as two visits to your dentist. Unlike other procedures such as dental implants, this procedure does not require temporary pieces or drilling. Here is a closer look at how Lumineers work.


    The purpose of Lumineers is to repair teeth that are discolored, chipped, crooked, gapped, or aesthetically displeasing in any way. Using a custom mold, your dentist will attach prosthetic teeth to your natural teeth. These prosthetics function like your normal teeth and look completely natural. You can have your Lumineers placed and your teeth revitalized in just two visits, so your teeth can go back to looking and functioning excellently in a short period of time.

    First Visit

    During your first visit, you will talk to your dentist and determine if Lumineers are right for your needs. Then you will have an impression taken of your upper and lower rows of teeth so that your Lumineers can be personalized to fit your teeth. Your dentist will then send the impressions to the laboratory so that they can create the perfect Lumineers. Once this has been done, you will have to wait for your Lumineers to be created. This typically takes a few weeks.

    Second Visit

    Once your custom Lumineers have been created, it is time to return to your dentist for placement. Your dentist will have you try them on and make sure that they are a perfect fit for your mouth before attaching them. Once you are sure that they fit, your dentist will bond each Lumineer to its corresponding natural tooth. After evaluating your bite and ensuring that your new teeth are in proper working order, you are free to enjoy your improved smile.

    Do Lumineers seem like the treatment for you? If so, contact Southport Dental. In addition to Lumineers, our practice also specializes in crowns, dentures, implants, and tooth extraction in the Greenwood and Indianapolis areas. For more information about our services, feel free to give us a call at (317) 497-5061. You can also learn about our root canals and wisdom tooth extractions by visiting our website.

    A Woman's Guide to Hormones and Tooth Health

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Throughout her lifetime, a woman’s body goes through many different hormonal cycles that come with a lot of side effects. These female changes can actually affect oral health, which is why it is important to understand the link between hormones and the mouth to help improve the health of her teeth and gums:

    Puberty Hormones

    When a girl goes through puberty, her body starts to produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The introduction of these sex hormones can actually increase a young girl’s risk for developing gingivitis, which is an early stage of periodontal disease. If teen girls practice a good oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist regularly, they can lower their risk for gum disease and maintain their oral health.

    Menstrual Hormones

    Some women notice changes in their gums every time they menstruate. If you notice that your gums are bleeding or swollen in the days leading up to your period, you should talk to your dentist about oral hygiene products you can use to decrease these symptoms.

    Pregnancy Hormones

    As a woman’s body prepares itself to support another life, it must make some hormonal changes. These extra hormones can increase a pregnant woman’s risk for developing gingivitis. In fact, about 60-75 percent of pregnant women experience some form of gingivitis in at least one trimester. These hormonal changes can also cause strange growths to develop in certain areas of the mouth. The acid that comes up with morning sickness can even break down enamel and expedite tooth decay. It is important to visit your dentist throughout your pregnancy to avoid these oral health issues.

    The dentists at Southport Dental are here to help you maintain your oral health throughout every stage of your life. Whether you are struggling with the effects of hormonal changes or want to learn more about adult braces, we provide services that can help. To learn more about our Indianapolis dental services like root canals and periodontal treatment or to schedule an appointment, call (317) 497-5061. 

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