Cincinnati Root Canal Therapy from Top Dentists
So you need a root canal. Learn more about what it is and what you can expect.
A root canal treatment is required when the pulp inside of the root canal becomes a problem. The root canal could become inflamed or infected due to a variety of causes such as deep tooth decay or injury to the tooth. Even an injury to the tooth that has no visible signs of the injury may result in pulp damage. If the tooth pulp becomes infected or inflamed, severe pain and even abscess can follow – neither of which are pleasant. That’s why getting a root canal is so important. In fact, it’s why seeing your family dentist any time you have a toothache is important – catch these issues at their first signs.
Signs you have an infected tooth and need a root canal might include:
- Persistent and intense toothaches: They may get bad enough for the pain to spread to other areas of your head like your jaw or ear.
- Abnormal sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
- Discharge: There may be bleeding or leakage, or if the abscess ruptures, you’ll have a sudden rush of gross fluid (the pus) in your mouth. This is an emergency – now all that infected fluid is dispersed throughout your mouth and jaw. Seek an emergency dentist
The Risks of a Tooth Abscess
A tooth abscess occurs when the infection in the pulp creates a pocket of infected pus around the root of the tooth. While not extremely common, an abscess that is not treated will continue to spread to the bone around the tooth’s root. It may even spread into surrounding tissues and bone. And infections that get to your muscle and bone can cause permanent damage that may result in the surgical removal of said tissue or bone.
In some cases, people have actually died from the infections that originated from a tooth abscess. Occasionally, the infection will spread to other parts of the body such as the heart. In rare cases, the infection has spread to the brain causing a brain abscess or even a coma. For millennia before root canal therapy was invented, people commonly died from infections spreading from abscesses like these. But we have resources now to not let that happen. So don’t put off a needed root canal too long — it can lead to a serious infection.
The Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure involves cleaning the pulp from its chamber with very small instruments. After removing the pulp, the pulp chamber and the root canals are shaped to the required space so that a biocompatible material can fill the space. The material that is most often used is a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, which is positioned with an adhesive-like cement to ensure complete closure of the root canal. The opening is closed with a temporary filling, which will be removed so the tooth can be completely restored.
Following the root canal, a restoration method will be placed on the tooth – possibly a crown or another type of protection. This protection will ensure that the tooth will be completely functional again.
Occasionally, a tooth may not be strong enough to keep the restoration in place following a root canal. When this condition exists, a post may be placed inside the tooth. Occasionally, a dentist will recommend tooth extraction and replacement with an implant crown. At the end of the day, while a root canal isn’t what anyone wants to be doing with their time, it is way better than getting an infected jaw bone and having to undergo removal and reconstructive surgery. That’s extreme and extremely avoidable.
Contact Beckham Square Family Dental today for Root Canal procedures in Cincinnati
If you are looking for a Cincinnati dentist who performs root canals and believe that you have a toothache that is severe and not responding to over-the-counter pain medicines, then you should call our office immediately at 513.489.7800. We can quickly diagnose the problem and see if you need a root canal. And if a root canal is required, we can perform it quickly to alleviate your pain or refer you to root canal specialist. If needed, use our contact form to schedule your root canal today.