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By Anderson Dental Center
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure

The reasons people need root canal therapy vary. However, rest assured if Dr. Anderson or Dr. Hoffner at Anderson and Hoffner DentalRoot Canal Center in Findlay, OH, recommend you have this restorative treatment, you'll be back to good oral health in no time. Read here about the treatment and reasons why people need this reliable restoration.

What is root canal therapy?

Simply put, root canal therapy removes damaged, inflamed and infected pulp from the interior of a tooth--specifically, from the slender chambers inside each root. Accomplished entirely in-office with benefit of local anesthetic (numbing shot), root canal therapy preserves remaining hard structure and covers it with a custom-made porcelain crown.

Root canals take up to three visits to Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay. The first involves X-rays and examination to diagnose the problem. The next two involve removing the pulp (with tiny metal files), disinfecting the canals, sealing them with a biocompatible putty and and covering the tooth with a temporary crown. The last visit entails placement of the final porcelain crown, a lifelike jacket of premium quality ceramic.

Reasons you need a root canal

Basically, bacteria has invaded the interior of your tooth, causing the pulp to become infected and swollen, says Dear Doctor. Most typically, such a tooth is super painful. Bacterial invasion happens because of large or small cracks in the tooth enamel or from deep decay. Fortunately, root canals relieve pain and pressure, and as the tooth heals, it experiences less and less sensitivity to cold, pressure and heat.

Other signs which indicate need for this restoration are:

  • Drainage
  • Bad breath which does not respond to mouth wash or toothbrushing
  • Dull pain in the area of the frontal sinuses
  • Swelling of the jaw, face, and gums
  • A fistula, or reddened pimple, on the gums near the tooth
  • Darkened enamel

Find out more

If you have urgent dental symptoms, please contact Anderson and Hoffner Dental Center immediately for a consultation. If your dentist says it's time for a root canal, expect a successful treatment. Most teeth treated with root canals function for years and years, says the American Association of Endodontists in Findlay, OH. Call today at (419) 424-5850.

By Anderson Dental Center
June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

When a tooth is cracked, infected (abscessed) or deeply decayed, an individual may consider getting it extracted. However, tooth extractionRoot Canal Therapy 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.