Dental Procedures to Save your Teeth
When a tooth is cracked, infected (abscessed) or deeply decayed, an individual may consider getting it extracted. However, tooth extraction causes problems of its own: gum and bone recession, an unattractive smile gap, and compromised biting and chewing to name a few. If you are suffering from an ailing tooth, do you have a way to salvage it? A root canal from your Findlay, OH, dentist, Dr. Bill Anderson or Dr. Austin Hoffner, may be the right restorative treatment for you.
What is a root canal?
What people call a root canal is more properly termed root canal therapy or endodontics. This precise restorative treatment removes the soft pulp from the vertical chambers, or root canals, which make up the inside of each tooth. Root canals contain connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves which help a tooth develop. However, as a person matures, the tooth can function well without it.
Symptoms that you may need root canal treatment are:
- Dental pain or sensitivity when biting, chewing or consuming hot or cold menu choices
- Throbbing toothache
- Foul-tasting drainage
- Bad breath
- Serious fracture of tooth enamel
- Multiple and deep fillings
- Congenital malformation of a tooth
Your dentist in Findlay will determine if a root canal is right for you by visually examining the tooth and taking digital X-rays to visualize the roots and surrounding bone.
Contrary to what people think about root canal therapy, the procedure takes just two visits to Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center. Straightforward and relatively quick, this restorative treatment does more to relieve pain and discomfort than it does to cause it.
In fact, root canal therapy usually requires nothing more than a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Plus, at-home recovery is quick with over the counter analgesics as needed and a soft diet for a day or two.
What happens during the procedure?
After determining you are a candidate for root canal treatment, your dentist will numb the tooth and drill a very small hole into the root canal. There are as many as four chambers inside a tooth. Through the hole, he inserts metal files of increasing size to remove the diseased tooth pulp and smooth the canal sides.
The next step is filling the chamber with a natural putty called gutta-percha. It seals and protects the chamber. After treating all the canals as needed, the dentist places a temporary filling or dental crown to protect and cover the tooth.
After a week or so, you return to Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center for installation of a customized porcelain crown. This permanent restoration realistically rejuvenates the aesthetics and oral function of the tooth.
Teeth treated with root canal therapy can last as long as your other teeth, says the American Association of Endodontists. Simply brush and floss as you normally would, and see Dr. Anderson or Dr. Hoffner semi-annually for routine exams and cleanings.
Save that tooth
And relieve your discomfort, too. Please contact Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findley, OH, today for an appointment: (419) 424-5850.