Dental emergencies that require our attention can occur at any time. Pain in the mouth, teeth or oral structures is a signal that something is wrong. Often, dental pain does not go away on its own. A careful evaluation by Dr. Karamanis or Dr. Burry is necessary to determine its etiology. Any injury to the teeth or tissues in the oral cavity can be serious and should not be ignored. Dental pain can be a sign of inflammation or injury to the nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth. If untreated, this can lead to an infection which may be dangerous to your health.
Common sources of dental pain include, but may not be limited to, advanced decay and associated inflammation, dental abscesses, dental trauma relating to injuries, fractures, tooth displacement and periodontal (gum) infections.
If you feel you are experiencing a dental emergency during general office hours, one of our reception team will be happy to assist you. For emergencies that occur outside our office hours, please listen to our telephone message for instructions by calling 250-338-9085.
Endodontic therapy is the process by which the inner structures of a tooth (pulp chamber) are treated in the presence of disease. The pulp chamber of a tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It provides nutrients and helps preserve the tooth's health and vitality. At times, the pulp chamber of a tooth can become diseased or injured (abscessed or infected) from trauma or decay. In these situations, bacteria can enter the pulp chamber of a tooth and create an infection.
Endodontic therapy requires removal of the diseased pulpal tissue, thorough cleansing or sterilization of the diseased canals, and placement of special medicaments in the chamber (root canals) once occupied by the pulp. If a diseased pulp chamber is left untreated, byproducts of the infection can spread into your jawbone and potentially cause serious infection.
As a part of the comprehensive services offered at our office, Dr. Karamanis and Dr. Burry provide endodontic therapy to patients requiring this type of treatment.
Common symptoms associated with endodontically involved teeth include prolonged pain to hot and cold, sensitivity to touch or biting pressure, swelling or the appearance of a sore (pimple) on the gum tissue, and spontaneous or throbbing pain that can awaken you at night or worsen when lying down. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our office for an evaluation.