Have you been struggling with regular tooth pain that has made you concerned about the state of your smile? Here at Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, dentist Dr. Paul Scholl and his professional team see many the patient on the verge of losing a tooth. Luckily, root canal therapy can save smiles and heal the uncomfortable symptoms that come with tooth decay. Learn more below!
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a pulp-filled space that occupies each tooth root. Containing nerves, connective tissue, and tiny blood vessels, tooth pulp sometimes becomes inflamed and infected due to decay, injury, or another circumstance which exposes inner tooth structure to bacteria.
Root canal therapy is the restorative procedure that removes the sick pulp and replaces it will a biocompatible putty. Dr. Scholl uses specialized tools to extract the pulp and reshape the canal walls. Typically, he instills some antibiotics to quell any infection, as well. He restores up to four canals as needed.
A temporary crown protects the tooth as it heals. After a week or two, you return to Art of Dentistry for placement of a realistic and resilient crown made of high-quality ceramic. The tooth looks natural, feels good, and functions well under the pressures of biting and chewing.
What are the signs that you need one?
Dr. Scholl often recommends root canal therapy when symptoms, X-rays, and oral examination shows the tooth is in danger of failure. Your symptoms may include:
- Toothache pain and dental sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids and to the pressure exerted on the chewing surface
- Darkened tooth enamel
- Reddened gum tissue
- Drainage from the tooth
- Bad breath which cannot be treated with mouthwash or brushing your teeth
- Jaw swelling
- Loss of a substantial amount of tooth structure, filling material or crown
At the first sign of any tooth discomfort or change in function or appearance, call your dentist. The sooner you act, the quicker and easier your recovery will be!
What happens afterward?
Root canal treatments are highly successful and relieve pain and preserve teeth for many years. To keep your gums healthy, be sure to brush your restored tooth twice daily with a soft brush and floss around it, too. Additionally, see your dentist semi-annually for prophylactic cleaning and examination.
If you develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms, we can help. Dr. Scholl and his team at Art of Dentistry work hard to prevent serious dental problems, however, if they do happen, a root canal treatment could be your best path to a fully restored smile. Call us at (414) 445-3670.