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Find out how root canal treatment could actually prevent a tooth extraction.
While there are certainly a lot of unfortunate jokes at the expense of root canal therapy, it’s important to understand the benefits of this simple endodontic treatment and what it can actually do to improve your smile for the long term. After all, our Gaithersburg, MD, dentist Dr. Steven Rattner could end up saving your teeth with a root canal. “How?” you might be wondering. Here’s how:
If you are dealing with a dental infection, deep decay or trauma (e.g. fracture; crack) that has caused inflammation or an infection within the dental pulp (a structure that lies inside the tooth) the only option is to get root canal treatment in order to remove the pulp and to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Some people may think that it’s easier to just have the tooth removed rather than undergoing root canal therapy but this is not the case. Removing a permanent tooth means jawbone loss, negative changes to your overall facial structure and also the need to replace the missing tooth with an artificial tooth so that the rest of your smile doesn’t shift into the open gaps and cause misalignments. It’s much easier and more cost-effective to undergo this simple endodontic procedure and try to save the tooth rather than having it removed.
In order to preserve the tooth, our Gaithersburg, MD, general dentist will numb the gums around the tooth with local anesthesia. Once the area is numb we remove the dental pulp and clean out any bacteria that is present. From there we will seal up the root canals and the inside of the tooth. In most cases, a dental crown will need to be placed over the top to protect the natural structure while also restoring full chewing force back into your smile.
If you are dealing with a toothache, or if you are dealing with other warning signs of an infection, decay or injury then it’s time to call Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD right away. Let us know what’s going on and we will get you in for an appointment.
“You need a root canal,” isn’t something you want to hear during a dental visit. But whatever your preconceptions about it may be, the fact is root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they alleviate it. What’s more, it may be your best chance to save a tooth that’s at high risk for loss.
First of all, root canal treatments address a serious problem that may be occurring inside a tooth — tooth decay that’s infiltrated the pulp chamber. If it’s not stopped, the decay will continue to advance through the root canals to the bone and weaken the tooth’s attachment. To access the pulp and root canals we first administer a local anesthesia and then create an opening in the tooth, typically in the biting surface.
After accessing the pulp chamber, we then remove all the pulp tissue and clean out any infection. Â We then fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling and seal the opening we first created. The procedure is often followed some weeks later with a laboratory made crown that permanently covers the tooth for extra protection against another occurrence of decay and protects the tooth from fracturing years later.
Besides stopping the infection from continuing beyond the roots and saving the tooth from loss, root canal treatments also alleviate the symptoms caused by decay, including tenderness and swelling of surrounding gum tissue and sensitivity to hot and cold foods or pressure when biting down. And, it reduces pain — the dull ache or sometimes acute pain from the tooth that may have brought you to our office in the first place.
General dentists commonly perform root canal treatments; in more complicated cases they’re performed by an endodontist, a specialist in root canal treatments. Afterward, any discomfort is usually managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
Root canal treatments are a common procedure with a high rate of success. Undergoing one will end the pain and discomfort your infected tooth has caused you; more importantly, your tooth will gain a new lease on life.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, 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 “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”
What your dentists in Gaithersburg want you to know
Your tooth hurts a lot, now what? Do you need a filling, or do you need a root canal? That’s a good question, and one that only your dentist can answer. That’s because diagnosing the need for root canal treatment relies upon state-of-the-art technology only available from your dentist. Your dentists at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD want to share some of the signs and symptoms you may need a root canal.
There are some definite signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal including:
- Chronic, throbbing pain that doesn’t go away
- Sharp or throbbing pain that radiates to other areas
- Sharp pain when you consume hot or cold foods or drinks
- Redness and swelling around a tooth
- Yellow or white drainage coming from the root of your tooth
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit your dentists in Gaithersburg. Using x-rays, temperature testing and vitality testing, they can determine for sure if you can benefit from root canal therapy.
It’s important to visit your dentist because you may not experience any signs and symptoms, but you may still need a root canal. Sometimes teeth can lose their vitality naturally. The nerves and blood supply can dry up, causing the tooth to appear darker than the teeth around it.
There are many reasons why your tooth can be damaged and need root canal therapy. Teeth can be compromised due to:
- An accident or injury to your jaws or face
- Deep decay which has traveled to tooth pulp
- Chronic trauma due to grinding or clenching
If you do need a root canal, it’s because the pulp, an area of tissue deep inside your tooth, is damaged or diseased. When the pulp is compromised, it causes inflammation and swelling inside your tooth. The only way to relieve the pressure is to open up the tooth and remove the diseased tissue. The tissue is then replaced with an inert material and your pain is relieved.
Typically a dental crown is recommended after a root canal because the treated tooth can become brittle and break easily. For more information about the signs and symptoms you may need a root canal, call your dentists at Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD. They can help relieve your tooth pain, so call today!