Posts for tag: Root Canal Therapy
If your tooth hurts, there's a serious reason why. Your dentist in Mt. Pleasant, Dr. Kevin Bever Jr., investigates tooth pain and offers state-of-the art treatments to restore that aching tooth to full health and appearance. Root canal therapy is a proven option which removes inflamed and infected interior pulp and crowns a tooth for additional years of service.
Don't put off that root canal
Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation for being complicated and torturous. It's so untrue. As performed by your Mt. Pleasant dentist, your root canal treatment will be painless and takes no more time than a basic crown procedure.
However, it is critical that you do not postpone a recommended root canal procedure. Deep decay, fractures and infection can be treated properly only if you act promptly.
How root canal therapy works
In short, root canal therapy works well. After the dentist isolates and anesthetizes the tooth, he makes a tiny hole into the first root canal, or pulp-filled chamber inside the tooth. (There are up to four root canals in a single tooth.) Using fine-toothed files or a small rotary tool, he removes the diseased and inflamed soft tissue and instills antibiotic medication to quell infection. He seals the canal with a flexible putty called gutta-percha and then proceeds to treat the other root canals.
A temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals, and when you see your Mt. Pleasant dentist again, he'll replace that temporary with a permanent crown customized to support, protect and normalize the appearance of your restored tooth. Likely this tooth will stay in place for many years, says the American Association of Endodontists.
More information you need
A tooth restored by root canal treatment needs no special care. Just brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush. Floss carefully around the margins of the crown to avoid harmful plaque and tartar. See Dr. Bever and your hygienist twice a year for a professional examination and cleaning. And, as always, if you have a concern about this tooth or any other oral health need, please contact the office right away.
Ready for a healthy tooth?
Root canal treatment could be just what you need to keep your smile complete and strong. Call Dr. Keith Bever's office staff today for an appointment.
The words "root canal" can strike fear into the heart of the toughest people you can imagine. However, your dentists in Mt. Pleasant, MI, Dr. Keith Bever and Dr. Lauryne Vanderhoof, want to make sure their patients understand that root canals are nothing to fear and can actually help relieve your pain. In this article, we'll discuss why you might need a root canal and what signs may prompt Dr. Bever or Dr. Vanderhoof to schedule you for one.
What's the purpose of a root canal?
As we mentioned above, many dental patients experience a feeling of dread upon learning that they need a root canal. However, studies have shown that the majority of people who fear root canals haven't actually had one and aren't quite sure what's involved with them. Another, perhaps less foreboding name for root canals is "endodontic therapy," which helps explain their purpose: to clear up problems inside ("endo-") a damaged tooth ("-dontic"). Each tooth contains soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels, which can become infected when decay or trauma breaches the outer enamel. A root canal from your Mt. Pleasant dentist essentially "cleans" the inside of the affected tooth, replacing the infected structures with a rubber material that keeps the hollowed-out tooth stable and functional. A crown on top finishes the procedure.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is by making an appointment with your Mt. Pleasant dentist for an examination and X-rays. However, there are some signs that a root canal may be necessary. Many patients report a sensitivity in the area of the affected tooth; this is usually due to exposing the nerves inside to a hot or cold stimulus such as soup or ice cream. The enamel normally protects the nerves from outer temperature changes. You may also experience an ongoing toothache, particularly while biting down. This is especially true if you've had a tooth break.
For any dental problems you may be experiencing, or to schedule a checkup, contact your dental team of Dr. Bever and Dr. Vanderhoof in Mt. Pleasant, MI, today!
Eliminate Pain and Treat Infections with Root Canal Therapy
Your Mt Pleasant Dentist Explains: What is Root Canal Therapy?
- Minimal to severe pain
- Tooth discoloration
- Swelling and irritation in the surrounding gum tissue
- Signs of infection visible on a radiograph