Is a root canal something that could end up preserving your smile?
When people think of a root canal they often think of a painful, invasive dental procedure that a lot of TV shows and movies have mocked over the years; however, our Waunakee, WI, dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls are here to tell you the truth behind this procedure and when your smile could actually benefit from a root canal.
What is a root canal?
Most people have heard about this procedure and fear it but actually know nothing about it. We are here to tell you that there really is nothing to worry about. A root canal is not there to cause pain; it’s meant to eliminate it. So, if you are dealing with a severe toothache, a root canal will actually remove the source of the pain to protect the damaged tooth.
Why is a root canal performed?
Sometimes bacteria can get through the hard outer layers of the tooth (known as the enamel and dentin layers) and infect the inside of the tooth where a soft-tissue structure known as the dental pulp lies. Luckily, your developed tooth doesn’t need its dental pulp in order to remain healthy and intact. The dental pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is disinfected during a root canal. In essence, a root canal is designed to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.
What are the warning signs that I might need a root canal?
It isn’t always possible to tell whether or not you need a root canal without having one of our Waunakee, WI, general dentists first examine the tooth and take x-rays (to check the health of the pulp). If we notice the pulp is inflamed or infected in the x-rays, we will advise you to get a root canal.
Of course, it’s also important that you seek medical attention right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- A toothache (particularly one that comes on suddenly, is severe or getting worse when putting pressure on the tooth)
- Sudden and lingering tooth sensitivity
- Tenderness, swelling and redness of the gums
- The formation of a lesion on the gums (called an abscess)
Don’t ignore even the slightest warning signs or problems with your smile. If something is wrong it’s important to turn to our dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls in Waunakee, WI, as soon as possible for care. Call Karls Family Dentistry today.