Do you have a toothache, but are a little unsettled at the thought of needing root canal therapy? We can get your questions answered and put you at ease. These are some of the questions we’ve gotten from our patients: What is a root canal? Can I avoid getting a root canal? What are the symptoms? And … will it hurt?
Sometimes, a person may ignore the symptoms for a while. It takes some time for this type of infection advance from a cavity and needing root canal therapy can be avoided; that’s why it’s important to have your oral hygiene routine in place and schedule regular dental appointments.
In other cases, a person may show no symptoms.
These symptoms suggest root canal therapy may be needed:
Another symptom is a dental abscess:
Sometimes you may feel intense tooth pain that makes you think you need root canal treatment, but the pain is a symptom of another problem requiring a completely different treatment. Such as:
IMPORTANT: if you’re experiencing tooth pain, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caye immediately!!
The simple answer is: DECAY.
Here are the two main causes:
The term “root canal” can be used to refer to two different things:
Today we’re going to talk about the dental procedure.
It’s straight forward … a root canal treatment is an attempt to save your tooth after your nerve has been exposed to bacteria from a crack or has become permanently aggravated. And it will get you out of pain!
A root canal treatment is required when a tooth is badly decayed or seriously infected. To protect the tooth, the nerve and its surrounding tooth pulp are removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed. A dental crown is then placed on top of the affected tooth to make sure it maintains its proper function — chewing.
What do these terms mean?
Here are some common causes and how to avoid needing root canal therapy:
Prevention is key! Brushing your teeth (twice a day) is the most important thing you can do each day to avoid tooth decay is brushing your teeth. Cavities and root canals are prevented the same way … by brushing your teeth consistently. Brushing will interrupt the growth of bacteria that turns into plaque.
Flossing is essential too, because it helps clean hard-to-reach areas in between your teeth and remove any food particles left behind.
Millions of people face some anxiety about going to the dentist. At Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, MO., we make it easy for you. A compassionate, experienced dental team can help detect early warning signs of infection, decay, and other issues you might not notice on your own. By putting off a simple trip to the dentist, you could be setting yourself up for lots of problems in the future … treating a cavity early, before it leads to decay, is one of the easiest ways to avoid needing a root canal treatment.
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Periodontal disease, also referred to as “gum disease” is a long-term infection process that attacks the soft tissue that supports, binds, and provides blood flow to your teeth. If you have symptoms like discoloration or bleeding in your gums, it could mean gum disease, which can spread throughout your mouth and needs immediate attention.
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The short answer is: Yes. You will need a dental crown after your root canal treatment. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that will be placed over a root canal-treated tooth at a second appointment (usually a week later). It is designed protect the remaining tooth structure and continue the function of the molar teeth, which is chewing food. This will also guard against any future tooth pain.
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Root canal treatments have gotten a lot of bad press as a painful dental procedure. The truth of the matter is, it can actually be less painful than having a cavity filled. The pain you experience is typically the symptom of the infection. Once it’s removed, your pain is gone.
Be sure to follow a regular oral hygiene routine after your root canal treatment to maintain your crown and avoid future issues. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth, If you notice increased tooth sensitivity after a root canal.
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As they say, “fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all”.
No need to fear a toothache or root canal therapy if you live in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Dr. Caye and his team of professionals will keep you comfortable as they get you out of pain quickly.
Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal therapy, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.