Posts for tag: Root canal treatment
July is Park and Recreation Month, when we Americans celebrate our ongoing love affair with the great outdoors. Since Yellowstone became our first national park in 1872, we've been passionate about preserving our country's natural resources for the enjoyment of this and future generations. As dental providers, it also reminds us of something else worth preserving: our natural teeth.
Not that we don't have amazing restoration options for lost teeth. With the advent of dental implants, you can get a replacement that looks and functions like the real thing. But even though implants are an exceptional choice, they are still not superior in terms of the overall health protections of real teeth. So unless keeping a sick tooth would cause more harm than good, going the extra mile to save it is often the best choice for long-term dental health.
First, though: Preserving natural teeth doesn't start when they're in peril, but with daily and regular care. The “daily” part is your job—brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque, the single biggest factor in the occurrence of dental disease. Doing this every day is critical in preserving your teeth in the long run.
The “regular” part is our job—professional teeth cleaning every six months. Using special tools, we clear away any plaque you might have missed, plus any tartar (hardened plaque), which can't be removed with brushing and flossing. Routine dental visits also give us a chance to check your teeth and gums for any signs of developing decay or infection.
That's important because although prevention can minimize your risk of tooth decay or gum disease, it can't eliminate the risk altogether. If disease does occur, we'll need to treat it as soon as possible to avoid the worst case scenario of a lost tooth. Often, root canal therapy can save a tooth that is diseased on the inside. Using dental treatments, even extensive ones, as needed to preserve teeth remains the best way to optimize dental health.
Teeth treated for disease may still be viable, but they may look the worse for wear. Fortunately, we can often give unattractive teeth a cosmetic makeover. Tooth-colored fillings and porcelain veneers or crowns, for example, can completely change a tooth's appearance for the better. With the right enhancement procedure, you can keep both your natural teeth and your smile.
It takes an ongoing effort to maintain your natural teeth. But just like preserving the natural surroundings of our national parks, it's well worth the effort.
If you would like more information about daily and regular dental care, please contact us or schedule a consultation.
Tooth decay can wreak more havoc than just producing cavities. It can work its way into the innermost parts of the tooth — the pulp and tiny passageways called root canals that lead to the tooth's connection with the bone.
If that happens, you'll need more than “drilling and filling.” Without intervention, your tooth could be lost. That intervention is a root canal treatment, a procedure that removes the infection from within the tooth and preserves it from re-infection.
You've probably heard the old belief that root canal treatments are painful. With modern anesthetic techniques to deaden pain, that's not true. In fact, root canal treatments stop the pain caused by infected nerves within the pulp and root canals. More importantly, it saves your tooth.
Root canals can be performed by a general dentist. More extensive decay or complex root canal networks may require the services of an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canal anatomy and treatments. Endodontists have advanced techniques and equipment to handle even the most difficult case.
Regardless of who performs it, the basic procedure is the same, as is the goal: to completely remove all diseased tissue within the tooth and seal it with a special filling to prevent re-infection. To access the diseased pulp, we first drill an access hole, usually in the biting surface of a back tooth or the back of a front tooth. We then use specialized instruments to remove the infected tissue and flush out the space with antibacterial solutions.
We then insert a filling called gutta percha into the empty pulp chamber and root canals, seal off the filling with adhesive cement, and close the access hole with filling. These fillings and sealants prevent bacteria from reentering the tooth. For added protection against infection and fracturing, we also recommend placing a full-coverage dental crown. This also enhances the appearance of the tooth, which must be modified during the root canal procedure.
The end result: your once endangered tooth has been preserved for hopefully many years to come. So if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment, don't wait — the tooth you save may be your own.
When is it Time for Root Canal Therapy?
Have you putting up with an annoying pain in your tooth? Maybe you thought it would go away on its own or you were hoping that you wouldn’t have to visit your dentist. Unfortunately, pain is often the body’s way of telling you that something just isn’t right. If you’ve been putting off treatment for a while, it might actually be time to have root canal therapy in Mississauga, ON. Here are just some of the reasons why you might need a root canal in Mississauga.
Reasons for a Root Canal
The main reason your Mississauga dentist will recommend a root canal is because the nerve of the tooth is infected or the pulp is damaged. The pulp is the soft part of the tooth’s center and the nerve is found within the root canal of the tooth’s root. The number one culprit of nerve and pulp infections is trapped bacteria or decaying food particles. When the bacteria are left untreated, it attacks the tooth, causing the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing. Facial trauma and dental cracks and chips can also cause the parts of the tooth to become irritated and infected.
So of course you might be crossing your fingers that your dental pain isn’t due to bacteria; however, if you leave pain untreated, a root canal in Mississauga is most likely going to be your answer to getting the relief you deserve.
The Telltale Signs
So you’ve been checking your teeth in the mirror trying to decide whether you might need to make an appointment to see your cosmetic dentist in Mississauga, ON. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call right away:
- An intense toothache that occurs when chewing or applying any pressure to the possibly infected tooth.
- Extreme sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking anything that is hot or cold. If you once got enjoyment out of your evening cup of tea but now it’s just too painful to bear, then a root canal could give you the freedom to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks again.
- Darkening or tooth discoloration
- Swelling, tender gums around the infected tooth
- A recurring pimple on the surrounding gums
If you’ve said yes to any of these symptoms above, then it’s time to get you scheduled for a dental exam in Mississauga. Don’t wait any longer! Call us today at (905) 270-0007. Stop worrying about dental pain and start enjoying life again.