Posts for tag: root canal

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
October 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Find out if root canal treatment is on the horizon for you.root canal

Why is your tooth hurting so much? It can often feel like the whole world comes to a crashing halt when you are facing a toothache. Our Venice, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Clark Wright, understands just how painful and miserable dental pain can be. Of course, you may be wondering whether or not this means that you need to get a root canal. Find out the telltale signs that a root canal is in your future and why dental pain should always be checked out.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

We know that when people hear the words “root canal” it often evokes negative images; however, this procedure could just end up preserving your natural smile.

Our Venice dentist may recommend that you get a root canal if a tooth has been so terribly affected by trauma, decay or an infection that the health of the nerves and dental pulp inside the tooth have been compromised. When this happens, the only option is to remove the pulp and clean out the tooth in order to protect it.

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

If we have advised you that you need a root canal and you decide to delay it or not to get the treatment you need the problem will not resolve itself. If the dental pulp isn’t removed, the infection or damage will continue to spread until the tooth is no longer viable and will need to be extracted. At that point we will have to remove the tooth completely and then replace it with an artificial tooth such as a dental bridge or implant.

Instead of going through the hassle of having your tooth removed and replaced, it’s much simpler (not to mention more cost effective) to just have the tooth treated with root canal therapy in the first place.

What are the signs that I may need to come in for treatment?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important that you seek treatment right away:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity that lingers when exposed to hot or cold
  • Pain that gets worse when biting down or chewing
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen, tender gums around the affected tooth
  • The development of an abscess (a pimple-like growth that is a sign of infection)

If your smile is giving you warning signs, it’s best to heed those warnings. Call our Venice, FL, dental office right away at the first sign of trouble so we can treat the problem as soon as it happens.

By Dr. Clark J Wright
May 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals have an undeservedly bad reputation. People often joke that they would rather do anything than undergo a root canal. The truth is that this common dental procedure offers an excellent way to save an at-risk tooth and usually isn't any more uncomfortable than getting a filling. Your Venice, FL, dentist, Dr. Clark J Wright, explains how a root canal can help your smile.Root Canal

Root canals prevent tooth loss

Root canals are usually performed if the pulp at the center of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. An infection in your tooth can be particularly dangerous if the bacteria enters your bloodstream. When bacteria travels to your heart or brain, it can cause a heart attack or stroke. Extracting the tooth is one way to remove the inflammation or infection, but it's a drastic solution to the problem. During a root canal, your Venice dentist removes the infected pulp, which allows you to keep your tooth.

Root canals keep your smile strong and healthy

A missing tooth not only affects your self-confidence but your oral health. Thanks to your root canal, your smile won't change. After tooth loss, your jawbone may begin to shrink because it's no longer being stimulated by your tooth roots. Eventually, a weaker jawbone can lead to the loss of other teeth and facial sagging. When your tooth remains in your jaw, you don't have to worry about these unpleasant consequences.

Root canals put an end to your pain

An infection in your tooth can be very painful. In addition to a severe aching or throbbing, you might experience swelling in the gum around the tooth, fever, tenderness or trouble chewing. After your root canal, your pain will subside, and you'll be able to chew without pain again.

A root canal can improve the appearance of your tooth

Discoloration due to a large filling or tooth decay can mar the appearance of your tooth. After your root canal, you'll probably receive a crown to protect your treated tooth. Crowns completely cover teeth above the gum line and hide any cosmetic issues.

Are you concerned that you might need a root canal? Call Dr. Clark J Wright, your Venice, FL, dentist, at (941) 493-5923 to make an appointment. Preserve your smile with a root canal!

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
April 04, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral health   root canal  

If the words “root canal” frighten you, what you probably don't know is that “root canal treatment” doesn't cause pain, it alleviates it — by treating infection deep in the root of your tooth.

  • What is a root canal? The central chamber of a tooth contains the living vital tissues comprising the pulp including its nerves and blood vessels. The interior of the tooth's roots containing the pulp make up its root canals.
  • How do I know if a tooth has a root canal infection? Symptoms of root canal infection may include sharp, intense pain when you bite down, a dull ache or pressure, or tenderness and swelling in gums near an infected tooth. There may be lingering pain after eating cold or hot foods. However, sometimes an infected tooth may stop hurting and you no longer feel pain. This doesn't mean the infection has gone, only that the nerve may have died. Make an appointment if you suspect that you have any or some of these symptoms.
  • Why would a tooth need root canal treatment? If the tissues in the root canal/s become infected or inflamed because of deep decay or trauma to a tooth, root canal treatment is needed to treat the infection and save the tooth. If left untreated, root canal infection can spread into the bone immediately around the root.
  • What takes place in a root canal procedure? After a local anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area, a small opening is made in the biting surface for a back tooth, or behind a front tooth. Dead and/or dying tissue is removed from the pulp chamber and the root canals are cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent future infection.
  • What can I expect afterwards? Your tooth may feel tender or sensitive for a few days. You can take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin or ibuprofen, for example, to relieve pain or discomfort. Contact us if you have pain that lasts more than a few days. A crown is usually needed to protect the tooth following root canal treatment. Further arrangements need to be made for this stage of the procedure. Don't chew on the affected tooth until symptoms subside and the tooth has been restored as necessary.
  • Who performs root canal treatment? While all general dentists have received training in endodontic treatment and can perform most endodontic procedures, in complicated situations you may be referred to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal diagnosis and treatment.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about root canal treatment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
March 07, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral health   root canal  

One of the most common treatments we are asked about is a root canal and the unfortunate bad reputation associated with it. The truth is that the procedure actually relieves the pain associated with the problem and not visa versa. And here's why.

A root canal or endodontic treatment (“endo” – inside; “dont” – tooth) is a necessary procedure in which diseased pulp tissue — and the nerve, which responds by causing the pain — is removed. This is followed by cleaning and sealing the root canals. This usually results from pulp inflammation and infection as a result of a severe decay or in a heavily filled tooth. Root canal treatment is typically performed by general dentists who have taken specialized training or by endodontists, dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of root canal problems. We perform them here in our practice to save a tooth, literally, from further damage and/or loss.

Here is a quick overview of the procedure. We will begin by making a small opening in the chewing surface of your tooth so that we can access the tooth's root canal. We use small instruments to remove the dead and dying tissues of the pulp. The root canals are cleaned and disinfected. The canals are then sealed with a biocompatible filling material. Lastly, we will seal the access hole with a filling material. You will then need to get a permanent restoration or crown to protect the tooth fully.

If you feel that you have the symptoms of a root canal problem and may need a root canal treatment, contact us to schedule an appointment. And to learn more about the signs, symptoms, and what to expect after root canal treatment, read the article “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”

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