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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.
Root canal therapy is one of the most common treatments at dental offices. The American Association of Endodontists estimates that dentists perform about 41,000 root canals each day. This treatment, which is offered at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, allows countless patients to keep their teeth instead of having them extracted. If you're wondering if a root canal would help you, keep reading to learn more about this very common dental procedure.
Getting a Root Canal
Some patients dread the idea of getting a root canal, but it can be very beneficial to your overall dental health. Instead of giving up on the tooth and removing it, your dentist cleans it out, fills it with a protective material and then seals it with a crown so that it can heal. After a successful root canal, the tooth can last as long as your other teeth as long as you're committed to good dental habits.
Would It Help You?
Your Waunakee dentist will recommend a root canal if your tooth is still strong enough to stay rooted after the decayed tissue is removed. That's why it's important to get an exam and consultation as soon as pain or intense sensitivity starts in the tooth—the earlier the diseased pulp is removed, the better. In many cases, an abscessed tooth (infection at the root) can also be cleaned and heal successfully after a root canal.
After a Root Canal
You want to take every step possible to avoid having to get another root canal in the future. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
- See your dentist two or three times per year for thorough cleanings and a visual check for cavities or decay.
- Brush the pits and grooves of your teeth thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Avoid eating sticky, sugar-filled treats.
- Consider a dental sealant if you're prone to cavities.
Keep Your Smile Strong
Part of keeping your smile strong is eliminating tooth decay and taking necessary steps to avoid losing your teeth. Call Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI today at (608) 849-4100 to schedule an examination with a qualified root canal dentist.
Singer LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel a string of performances recently, as a more pressing engagement came up: a late-night meeting with her endodontist. It turned out that the country-pop star needed some emergency dental work performed while she was on tour. But her die-hard fans needn't have felt left out — Rimes faithfully tweeted each stage of her dental treatment.
The trouble began before she was scheduled to play a show in Ohio. “Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal,” she informed her twitter followers. Instead of performing, Rimes was advised to spend the next few days resting after the emergency treatment. “Happy Friday! I'll be spending mine in bed,” she tweeted after the previous evening's procedure. The following Monday, Rimes returned to the dentist's chair for follow-up treatment.
It turned out that the singer had been battling dental pain for months. “I am so disappointed that I can't make it to my fans tonight.” Rimes explained in a statement. “I had wanted to give them the show they deserved and only wish this tooth pain held out a little longer.”
If there's a moral to this story, it's this: If you have tooth pain, don't wait to see a dentist. Call us right away!
A feeling of constant pain and pressure in your mouth is a clear indication that you may need a root canal. Another telltale symptom is sharp pain when you bite down on food, or lingering pain after eating something hot or cold. Not every symptom is as clear-cut, however — the only way to know for sure whether you need treatment is to come in for an evaluation.
Pain in your teeth or gums may be a symptom of a serious condition. Even if the pain goes away temporarily, an underlying infection generally does not. If a treatment such as root canal therapy is needed, the sooner it is obtained, the better you'll feel. And remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause tooth pain — it relieves it!
If you have any concerns about tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “I'd Rather Have a Root Canal” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”