Posts for tag: Root Canals

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
January 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay   Root Canals  

When you're in the throes of pain due to a toothache, all that you can think of is how to get relief from it. A root canal is the only reliableroot canal way you can get rid of pain due to an infection or abscess while also keeping your original tooth intact. Learn more about how getting a root canal at the Venice, FL office of Dr. Clark Wright can reduce your tooth pain. 

Why a Root Canal?
Getting a root canal is the process of clearing a diseased tooth of the bad stuff (bacteria and inflamed pulp tissue), disinfecting it thoroughly, then refilling and covering it so that it won't get infected again. Your dentist may suggest a root canal as an alternative to extraction because it's best to keep your naturally rooted tooth whenever possible. You also save the expense of having to get a dental implant or other tooth replacement.

How Does a Root Canal Reduce Pain?
Some people think that a root canal causes pain, but it actually reduces pain. The source of the pain is the diseased tissue irritating your nerves—once that is removed, you'll get relief. Your Venice dentist will provide you with a sedation treatment that will also reduce the pain and help ensure that you have a comfortable experience during your appointment.

Root Canal Aftercare 
If you want to avoid future tooth pain and the need for a root canal in the future, take these aftercare tips:

  • Avoid eating or chewing on the tooth until it's been covered by a permanent crown.
  • Brush and floss regularly to ensure the health of the crown and your overall oral health.
  • See your dentist at the first sign of discomfort in the treated tooth or swelling.
  • Make an appointment three to six months after the root canal to check on the treated tooth.

Call for an Exam
Your Venice, FL dentist can tell you if you're a good candidate for root canal therapy. Call Dr. Clark Wright's office at (941) 493-5923 today to schedule an examination.

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
September 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay   Root Canals  

If you have ever developed a toothache, you probably understand that it is a painful and unpleasant experience. In most cases, a root canalsudden toothache signifies that your tooth has become infected with decay and requires a root canal. A root canal can relieve your tooth pain and get you back to eating, drinking and chewing normally. Learn more about root canal therapy with Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, FL.

How does a root canal work? 
Patients require a root canal when tooth decay reaches far inside of the tooth to its inner pulp chamber, infecting the tooth’s nerve and tissues that lie within. A root canal focuses on removing the decayed tissue and nerve, then replacing it with filling materials to restore the stability and natural structure of the tooth. The root canal procedure usually lasts under an hour though a second appointment may become necessary if the tooth requires a dental crown.

Does a root canal hurt? 
Just like with other dental procedures, the first step in a root canal is to numb the work area. This means that not only are root canals not painful, but you cannot feel any pain at all due to the anesthetic.

Root Canal Therapy in Venice, FL 
During a root canal, your dentist will make a small entrance hole on the top of your infected tooth. Using specialized instruments, your dentist removes the decayed tissue and nerve from inside of the tooth, then scrubs and cleans it to ensure that no decay remains within. Your dentist then fills the tooth using a rubber-like material called gutta percha, which seals the tooth and protects it from outside elements. If necessary, a dental crown is placed on top of the tooth helping to stabilize and protect it against everyday use.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Wright in Venice, FL. If you have tooth pain, call (941) 493-5923 to schedule your appointment for an examination with Dr. Wright as soon as possible.

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
December 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Find out how a root canal can protect one of your most important assets.

A root canal is a restorative procedure that is designed to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. When the inside of the Dental Crowns tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed then your Venice, FL dentist Dr. Clark Wright will most often recommend root canal therapy.

So, why a root canal over a tooth extraction? Is one option better than another?

While a tooth extraction may be recommended if the tooth is beyond repair, a root canal is almost always the best course of action if the natural tooth isn’t too severely damaged. Instead of just removing the tooth and then having to consider your tooth replacement options, a root canal can simply go inside the tooth to remove the infected tissue and protect the tooth from irreparable damage.

What happens during a root canal?

Here are the steps you can expect when you come into our Venice, FL dental office for treatment:

  1. Anesthesia: Before we begin, we will numb the area surrounding the infected tooth to make sure that you feel absolutely no pain or discomfort during your procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect then we will begin your root canal.
  2. Treating the tooth: Now we will drill through the hard, outer layers of the tooth until we reach the soft, inner layers where the infected pulp is. Once inside we will use special tools to remove the diseased tissue and to disinfect all the dental pathways (or canals).
  3. Antibiotics: Once we have removed the pulp in some cases we may apply an antibiotic to the area to make sure that the infection is fully treated and won’t return. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed instead.
  4. Building up the tooth: Now we will begin to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. By sealing the dental canals we can prevent further infection or damage from happening to the tooth. Then we will place a temporary dental crown over the tooth while your permanent crown is being made.

Why do I need a dental crown?

Most of the time a dental crown will need to be placed over a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. This dental crown provides an additional layer of protection for the hollowed out tooth so that further damage doesn’t befall it.

If you are dealing with dental pain, tenderness or swelling it’s time you turned to your Venice, FL dentist for treatment. Dental pain is often the first sign of an issue. Call our office today if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

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