Fix the “Root” Of Your Dental Problems
Do you have teeth with numerous deep fillings that are still causing you problems? If so, you might need a root canal. We know that term can have a tendency to make some patients nervous, but we are here to tell you that root canals aren’t as bad as you may think. Many patients don’t truly understand the need for a root canal and how it can actually save you from a more costly and involved procedure such as a dental implant.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is used as a method to save your tooth after an infection. Although small in size, a tooth has multiple layers, starting with the enamel on the outside of the tooth and ending with the pulp. A root canal is a form of endodontic treatment that treats the inside of a tooth where the pulp is located. The pulp extends from the tip of the tooth, near the crown, to the very bottom of the tooth, near the root, and sometimes can become infected. A root canal removes the infected pulp, cleans and disinfects the root, and seals it.
Symptoms That Indicate a Problem
Some patients are warned that there is a possibility that they have a root canal in their future due to their level of tooth decay. Other patients who might not visit our office as frequently, may experience one of these symptoms:
- Severe discomfort while chewing
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Swollen or tender gums
- Lingering teeth sensitivity to cold and hot
Care Following a Root Canal
The care following a root canal is easier and more pleasant than after having a tooth extracted such as when wisdom teeth are removed. While the numbing agent is wearing off, it is best to be extra careful and avoid eating so as not to bite your tongue or cheek. Be sure to take any medication that is recommended and plan meals carefully for a few days, being sure to eat soft foods. We also suggest chewing on the opposite side of your mouth and paying careful attention when brushing teeth.
Please don’t postpone treatment for a tooth that is causing you discomfort. If an infected tooth is left untreated, it will not heal on its own and will cause more damage to your jaw and body over time. If you have not visited our office located in Spotswood, NJ recently or are feeling tooth discomfort, please call us today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!