When your tooth is severely damaged, you may think that your it is not salvageable. However, that may not necessarily be the case. In fact, there are many situations where you don’t necessarily need to extract a tooth just because a filling or simple crown isn’t enough to fix it. That’s where root canal therapy comes in. When you visit Peery Family Dentistry, Dr. James M. Peery Jr. and Dr. James M. Peery III are more than prepared to do everything they can to save your tooth, not simply resort to an extraction. Contact their office today to get your infected tooth cured!
Root canals are treatments specifically designed to treat extensive tooth decay. By extensive, we mean decay that has reached beyond the enamel layer and inside the dentin, which is directly underneath enamel. It also includes decay that reaches the inner tooth, known as the pulp. As the decay develops, it eventually kills the nerve inside the tooth and causes it to die.
As the root begins breaking down, the tip of the tooth root begins developing an infection. This results in pain, swelling and fever-like symptoms, which can be deadly if left untreated. Fortunately, the dentists at Peery Family Dentistry have performed plenty of root canal treatments in the past and are more than happy to provide thorough examination to confirm if treatment is necessary.
The most common symptom of needing a root canal is tooth pain. This is because the swelling caused by the infection is applying pressure inside the tooth and against the nerve. However, tooth pain is not the only symptom to keep in mind. Your gums may also feel swollen and tender around the area in question. You may have chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away even after brushing. Your pain can range from mild to severe and your tooth may feel sensitive to cold and hot stimuli, especially long after the stimuli is taken away.
The best way to know for sure is to schedule an emergency appointment. You don’t want to let the infection get worse and put your oral and overall health at risk.
The process for root canal treatment starts with an X-ray in order to determine the exact location of the infection. If our dentists determine that a root canal is the best next step, they’ll schedule you for treatment as soon as possible. During treatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic around the affected area as well as in the tooth itself to make treatment as comfortable as possible. After accessing your inner tooth through the top of the crown, they’ll begin irrigating and shaping the canal. This process works to remove all infected tissue and make room for replacement material known as gutta percha. This material is intended to block the root structure and prevent future infections from occurring. After the material is placed, the inner tooth is sealed off with a crown on top. You’ll be given a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being made. Once fabricated, you’ll come back about two weeks later to have the permanent crown placed.
Do you think you may need a root canal? Contact our office to get your treatment scheduled today!