When Will You Need Root Canal Therapy?
What we commonly call “having a root canal” is simply a task that Dr. Nash can do right in his office. It is actually a very good thing and can prevent much more severe problems later, not only within your teeth but throughout your body.
The pulp deep inside your teeth can become infected. At that point, if left unchecked, it can not only kill the tooth completely, but spread elsewhere.
It is important to Dr. Nash and his staff that their patients take their oral health seriously, and learn to take care of their teeth at home, but sometimes something like this will crop up.
How Will I Know I Need This Procedure?
Simple. You’ll have a toothache. If, between your annual or semi-annual exam, you feel a tooth begin to throb and find it very painful, you should be seen as soon as possible. You may also feel some swelling in the jaw area around the tooth.
The pain is indicative of the infection attacking the pulp within your tooth and killing it. Like any other infection, if left untreated, it will most likely become much worse before it gets better.
Dr. Nash and his staff are very experienced with root canal therapy and can easily, and without much or any pain at all, take care of this for you. With today’s modern dental offices the equipment can make it a relatively simple job.
Your dentist may also see a problem developing when he or she reviews your regular check-up x-rays.
What, Exactly, is the Dental Treatment?
Treating an infection in the root canal is essentially a two-step procedure. First you will be numbed to ensure your comfort and to relieve the pain.
Next, Dr. Nash will drill into the tooth and remove the offending pulp and hence the infection. During a root canal, the nerves will be removed from the tooth as well. The empty area will now be filled with medicine and a filler material which can vary.
After the canal is cleaned and filled again, it is important to have a crown made to cover the cusps of the tooth. This will help strengthen and protect the tooth in the future.
A mold will be made and you will wear a temporary crown until the new one is applied.
If necessary, pain medications may be recommended for a day or two after ward.