Root Canal

It’s not always easy to determine that you have an infection in a tooth that requires root canal treatment. That’s why knowing the signs are so important. Throbbing pain, a pus formation on your gum line, and a dark color to the tooth are the most common indications that you should have an oral exam. However, sometimes infected teeth produce no symptoms at all and we catch the problem at a routine exam.

People sometimes put off having a root canal because they fear the pain. Fortunately, dental pain control has come a long way and you can remain entirely comfortable during this procedure. The alternative of needing the tooth extracted or experiencing worsening symptoms is far worse than undergoing this common procedure.

Tooth Anatomy 101

Every tooth contains a chamber that has roots and pulp inside of it. The pulp of each tooth contains a canal that travels from its root to the inside of the tooth, which is why the name of the procedure is root canal. It’s the canal’s job to delivery blood and nutrients to the root while fighting off bacteria and other toxins at the same time.

A deep cavity, dental disease, trauma, and infection can all cause damage to the canal of a tooth. This typically results in severe pain and pressure in the affected tooth. The pulp will eventually die without treatment. This can lead to loss of bone and gum as well as extraction of the tooth.

What to Expect When You Get a Root Canal

As soon as you get comfortable in the dental chair, Dr. Kuipers provides you with anesthesia and places a piece of rubber called a dental dam inside your mouth. This ensures that the tooth he’s working on stays dry and clean. Next, he uses a dental drill to create a small hole in the crown of your affected tooth. This gives him access to remove the diseased pulp. He then cleans your tooth from the inside and puts a temporary crown on it to prevent re-infection.

Don’t Risk Worsening Pain and Disease

Besides the issues mentioned above, not removing infected pulp can eventually cause a tooth abscess. This extremely painful condition causes muscle loss in the jaw bone. If the infection spreads, you may experience decay in additional teeth and need restorative work on those teeth as well. Please contact us for an evaluation if you have any type of oral pain or notice pus formations or a dark coloring to one of your teeth.