Tuesday, 23 February 2021

What Happens When A Root Canal Fails

What happens when root canal fails

 Root canal treatment is a treatment carried out on your tooth when the pulp (the part of your tooth containing blood vessels and nerves) is damaged, diseased or dead.  You can learn more about root canal treatment here: root canal treatment. This treatment can be expensive and unpleasant so it's not a good feeling when it fails.

What are the symptoms of a failed root canal?

Do you still have pain and discomfort after your treatment? Mild discomfort is expected after the treatment because the tissues around the root of your tooth have been disturbed during the treatment. However, if the pain does not resolve after a few days or continues to increase in intensity, you should consult your dentist.

Common symptoms that may indicate treatment failure are:

  • Tooth tenderness or pain
  • The sensitivity of the tooth to heat or cold stimuli like hot tea or a cold drink
  • Pain on biting
  • Swelling of the gum around the tooth
  • Increased tooth mobility

Causes of a failed root canal

  • Incomplete removal of  bacteria from the root canals during treatment due to variation of the size and shape of the root canal
  • A crack or fissure in the root of the teeth
  • Broken root tip
  • Dislodged or broken tooth filling or crown
  • Tooth decay or periodontal(gum) infection

Can a failed root canal be fixed?

Once you develop any of the symptoms above, it is important you visit your dentist immediately to evaluate the situation. 

The dentist will take xrays of the tooth to find out what is happening in the root canals and around the root of the teeth. Depending on what the results are, you may have to repeat the procedure again. This is called an endodontic retreatment. The root canal fillings are removed and the canals are cleaned and disinfected again. The tooth is then restored with a temporary filling or crown. The permanent restoration will be placed at a later appointment.


Tuesday, 9 February 2021

What To Expect During A Root Canal Treatment


What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure carried out to preserve a damaged or diseased tooth by removing the pulp of the tooth. When a tooth gets damaged either due to tooth decay, fracture, or a failed filling, sometimes the pulp gets infected and may even die. 

The pulp is the living part of the tooth containing the blood vessels and nerves. To preserve the tooth, the root canal procedure is done to remove the infected pulp from the root canals and replace it with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha.

How to know if you may require a root canal

  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli, even after the cause has been removed
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Severe pain when biting or chewing
  • Swollen gums
  • Deep tooth decay

What happens during a root canal treatment?

A local anesthetic will be given to numb the area and prevent pain. An opening is created in the tooth to expose the pulp. The diseased pulp is then removed and the root canals are cleaned and disinfected. 

The root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This is sealed with dental cement. The dentist then restores the tooth for aesthetics and function. This treatment may require more than one dental visit.

Is a root canal painful?

A local anesthetic is applied so it is not painful. But, there will be numbness in the area until the anesthetic wears off. There may be mild discomfort for a few days after the procedure.

How long does a root canal take?

A minor case can take between 30 to 60 minutes. However, you should prepare for it to take up to 90 mins for a complex case. About two to three visits are required to complete the treatment.

Is a crown required after a root canal?

After root canal treatment, a tooth becomes fragile because of the infection, fracture and tooth drilling. A crown will help to protect the tooth and make it more durable. 

Sometimes, if the indication for the root canal was a long standing decayed tooth, the tooth may be discoloured. A crown will restore the original colour to match the remaining teeth. 

Also, a crown will prevent tooth sensitivity that may arise after the treatment from the remaining nerves.

Monday, 8 February 2021

Root Canal Vs Extraction: Which Is Better?


Root Canal Vs Tooth Extraction

Your teeth can suffer damage from a number of issues. There could be a hole caused by tooth decay, fracture of part of the tooth due to an injury or weakness of the tooth or it could also be due to an infection of the gum. When this damage affects the part of the tooth called the pulp which is the layer of the tooth containing the nerves and blood vessels, the treatment options will be to consider either tooth extraction or a root canal treatment. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of each and when your dentist considers which treatment option.

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure carried out to preserve the tooth when the pulp of a tooth is damaged or dead.

What happens during a root canal treatment?

First, a local anesthetic is applied to that area to numb it and prevent pain during the treatment. Then, an opening is created in the tooth to open up the canals containing the damaged pulp. The pulp is removed and the canals are then properly cleaned and disinfected. The canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha and then sealed up. 

After the treatment, the tooth is restored by the dentist for proper aesthetics and function. Your dentist may recommend placing a crown on the tooth after the treatment. There is minimal pain after the treatment, although you will be given pain medication to go home with.

What is tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is a procedure done to remove the diseased or damaged tooth completely from the socket in the bone using dental instruments. There are two types of extractions. It could be a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. 

A simple extraction is done when the tooth can be seen in the mouth. A surgical extraction is carried out when the tooth can not be seen in the mouth because it has broken off below the gum line. It is also performed when the tooth has not erupted in the mouth like the wisdom tooth or third molar.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

An anesthetic is applied to make the area numb. Special instruments are used to loosen the tooth and lift it out of the socket. You may feel some pressure during the procedure. Mild bleeding is expected, so a piece of gauze will be placed over it and you will be asked to bite on it for some time to stop the bleeding. 

If it is a surgical extraction, mild swelling can be expected. However, this can be reduced by applying ice packs over the area. Your dentist will give you a pain relief medication prescription to help with the mild pain after the procedure. You will also be given some instructions to help care for the extraction site and help to heal. You can expect the site to be completely healed after two or three weeks.

 It is important to replace the tooth to prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth. There are options for replacement ranging from partial dentures, bridges to dental implants. Your dentist will explain each option to you and help you choose an appropriate replacement.

Root canal vs tooth extraction

Tooth extraction is done when the teeth are too damaged or diseased to be saved especially if they have been damaged for a long time. 

If the tooth has suffered a fracture well below the gum line, tooth extraction may be considered.

Keeping the tooth is always the best option if possible because a replacement is never really as good as having the original tooth.

So, the final verdict of having a root canal treatment or extraction will be arrived at after discussing with your dentist about your own peculiar case.

Monday, 25 January 2021

How To Be A More Productive and Organized Mom At Home

Do you sometimes feel that your life is going by too quickly? 

Are you always stressed trying to balance household chores, cooking, cleaning, caring for your children, and working/running a business? 

Do you find that days are passing without accomplishing the things that matter to you?

You can reduce your stress and become more productive by becoming more organized.

In this article, we will discuss six strategies to become more organized and get more done without stress. You will also get a coupon code to download your own copy of The Mom's Home Planner

1. Declutter your home

To declutter means to remove any unnecessary items that you are not using any more from your home. This is the first step towards organizing your home.


Once you declutter, you will notice that there is more space in your home. It's easier to clean and dust. 

It also has a psychological effect of improving your mental state because clutter can make you feel anxious, stressed, and depressed. In fact, a direct link between clutter and higher stress levels has been established by researchers. 

A study from UCLA's  Centre on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) has shown that women who think their homes are cluttered have higher levels of cortisol(stress hormone). According to the study, the amount of stuff the women and their families had accumulated was directly proportional to their stress levels.

There are many health benefits you can get from decluttering your home. This includes better sleep and a better diet. 

Researchers at the Minnesota University found that people who spent time in an unorganized room were twice as likely to eat chocolate than an apple. A study at Florida State U university also reveals a link between hoarding and obesity noting that people with extremely cluttered homes were 77% more likely to be overweight.

Decluttering can be a daunting process. If you try to take on the whole house at once, you will feel overwhelmed. 

Take it one room at a time starting with rooms like the kitchen or the living room. 

When decluttering, ask yourself these questions to determine what to keep or dispose of.

  • Do I use this item?
  • Do I like this item?
  • How often do I use this item?
  • Do I have a specific place where this item is kept?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Do I already own four of these items?
  • Am I only keeping this item because someone gave it to me?
  • I didn't remember I owned this item. Do I really want it?

If an item is broken and can't be repaired, throw it away. If it's in great shape but you don't want or need it, you can donate it or sell it.

Of course, you can keep something that is of sentimental value to you. Just make sure you have a place for it.

2. Set up a cleaning schedule

A cleaning schedule is a great way to keep your home clean and in order. You will be amazed at how your stress levels will reduce by implementing a simple cleaning schedule. 

A study by researchers at Indiana University showed that those who kept their homes cleaner were healthier than those who did not because the process of cleaning a home constitutes exercise.

To create a schedule, determine what cleaning tasks need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. You can decide what works best for you and your family. 

Once you have decided what tasks you need to be done, assign time and day of the week to each of them, such as: Mondays are for cleaning bathrooms, Wednesdays for dusting, Saturdays for washing. 

It's advisable to write them down in a planner like The Mom's Home Planner so you don't forget.

Consider hiring someone to do the cleaning for you, if you have a busy schedule.

3. Meal Planning and Meal Prep

Planning and preparing your meals will eliminate a lot of stress. You won't have to wonder what to eat and whether you have enough food items to prepare it.

 Meal planning helps you save time and money. 

Meal planning is very simple. You just need to decide how many meals you will be eating in a day including snacks, for how many people, and when. 

Choose meals that are nutritious, easy to make, and your family likes. Write them down in your meal planner and paste it on your kitchen wall or cabinet for easy reference. 

You can download and print a meal planner in The Mom's Home Planner.

Another thing to consider is how often you do your grocery shopping. Do you shop several times a week, weekly, monthly? 

Consider shopping in bulk if you can afford it to save time, money and reduce stress.

Meal prep involves preparing your meals ahead. You can choose to prepare complete meals for the week, or some meals like stews and soups or just individual ingredients to make meals. 

There is no right or wrong way to do this. 

4. Cleaning and Organization with Kids

One of the best ways to keep your house organized is by involving your kids in the cleaning and organizing process. Even small kids can be included in the cleaning process. 

You can start by teaching them how to put away their toys after playtime.

Help kids keep their belongings organized with places to return things easily like drawers, cupboards e.t.c.

 You can put pictures or words in front of the bins so they know what belongs there. 

Teaching kids to help with household chores teaches them responsibility and lifelong skills such as contributing to a community and thinking about the needs of others.

 It also helps them develop a work ethic.

5. Digital Organization

Digital clutter slows down your digital devices. Cleaning up your digital devices can help make your life more functional and organized. 

Major places to start with your digital decluttering include:

Declutter your inbox by deleting read emails from your inbox or filing them into categories.

Delete your extra pictures. Delete multiples and pictures you don't like.

Empty your downloaded files, trash bins, desktop, and history.

6. Relaxation and rest

To be productive, you need rest. Take time out to do things that you enjoy


Get help from your spouse, relatives, or/and domestic staff like a nanny, cleaner e.t.c.

Pick a time when you are done for the day. Your long list of todos will still be there tomorrow. Your body and your mind need rest.

Create a habit of getting to bed at a reasonable time.

These tips can help you stay productive, happy, and healthy enough to care for your home.

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