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Your questions are always welcome; don’t ever hesitate to ask us anything about your care, our practice, or dentistry in general! We’ve collected some of the most common questions we are asked, and you can check to see if your question is answered here.
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Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is an important and useful dental procedure that allows us to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. Root canal therapy is used to treat teeth that are severely infected or damaged.
Pain is a common symptom that may indicate the need for root canal therapy. The pain associated with a dental infection is usually described as deep or throbbing. Your tooth may also become extremely sensitive to pressure and changes in temperature. Other possible symptoms include:
- Swelling in the gums
- An abscess, which looks like a pimple on the gum
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Pain and tenderness in the gums
It is possible to have no pain at all and still require a root canal. This typically means that the tooth is so infected or damaged that the nerve has died. If left untreated, however, the infection can spread and the result can include bone loss, damage to the adjacent teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.
If You're In Pain, Call Your Bridgeton Dentist
If you are experiencing pain or have experienced significant trauma to your tooth, call our Bridgeton dental office immediately for an emergency dental appointment. We will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate treatment, which may include a root canal. We will always discuss your options with you before we start treatment.
Understanding the process of a root canal can help to eliminate some of the stress and worry you may be feeling when you are told that you need this type of dental therapy. It may also help to know that this procedure isn’t nearly as bad as its reputation may lead you to believe and that most people who have actually experienced a root canal describe it as being similar to getting a routine filling.
Dr. Burgdorf will begin your root canal by applying an anesthetic to make sure that you are completely comfortable and don’t feel a thing. Once you are numb, he will use specialized instruments to access the interior of your tooth, where the infection is located.
Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned out and sterilized. When all of the infected debris is removed, Dr. Burgdorf may determine that an antibiotic is needed to prevent reinfection. The tooth will then be filled and a temporary crown may be placed, if needed.
Give Your Dentist A Call
Sometimes a crown is needed following root canal therapy, and if this is true for you, Dr. Burgdorf will discuss this with you and make plans for prepping and crafting your permanent crown. For more information, call our dental office today at (314) 291-9000!
Are you worried about your root canal? We understand your concern. Root canals have an unfortunate reputation. The good news is that these days, this reputation is mostly undeserved.
You are likely to experience some discomfort following your root canal as the anesthesia wears off. This is a normal and healthy response of your immune system. As your immune system recognizes that the infection is gone and your tooth is repaired, the discomfort will pass.
Some Tips To Improve Your Comfort
- Avoid chewing foods or drinking hot liquids until after the anesthesia wears off to avoid injury.
- Take any prescribed medications (such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories) exactly as directed. Take antibiotics for the length of time prescribed by Dr. Burgdorf – even if you are feeling better.
- Discuss over-the-counter pain relievers with Dr. Burgdorf to see which one is right for you.
- You can rinse three times daily with salt water, made by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swish gently around the tooth and then spit it out.
- Follow up with Dr. Burgdorf as directed for your permanent filling or crown.
If you experience a great deal of pain or swelling or if your tooth breaks, call our Bridgeton dental office immediately for an emergency appointment.
Part of the fear surrounding root canal therapy may be because of its name. Without knowing much about the procedure, the expression “root canal” can conjure up some pretty scary imagery.
Root canal therapy, often just referred to as “getting a root canal,” is actually named after the part of your tooth on which the procedure is performed. The root canal is a naturally occurring space inside your tooth that houses the pulp chamber as well as your tooth’s nerve.
Sometimes this root canal becomes infected. When this happens, bacteria and debris build-up inside your tooth, setting off your nerve (and probably creating swelling in the gum surrounding your tooth as your body tries to clear itself of the infection).
What Our Bridgeton Office Does
Because of the location of the infection, oral antibiotics won’t do the trick. To treat the infection and relieve your pain, Dr. Burgdorf carefully opens the tooth to access the root canal and then cleans out and sterilizes the interior of your tooth, destroying the infection. Once the infection is cleared out, the tooth is sealed with filling material and sometimes protected with a crown.
If you are in pain, call for an assessment with Dr. Burgdorf today.
Is there a dental procedure with a worse reputation than root canals? Patients perceive root canals as being extensive, painful procedures… but the truth is far from this.
Root canals are actually a valuable dental procedure that will relieve your pain and allow us to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. Patients who have actually had root canal therapy often describe it as no more stressful or uncomfortable than a routine filling. Perhaps the root canal’s reputation is tied in with the painful conditions that it is designed to treat.
The Modern Root Canal
The techniques used in dental procedures have advanced considerably in recent years, including in the field of endodontics (root canals). Updated, modern instruments allow us to perform root canals more efficiently and more effectively than ever before, and before we begin your procedure, we’ll take all the steps necessary to make sure that you are comfortable and can’t feel any discomfort at all.
Following your root canal, you may experience some soreness. This will fade quickly as your immune system realizes that the infection is gone. If needed, we may prescribe some medication to keep you comfortable and ensure that the infection does not return. For more information, call the dental office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS today!