Has your dentist recommended a root canal for a problem tooth? Dr. Cary Limberakis and Dr. Jonathan Limberakis, your Jenkintown, PA dentists, explain how this tooth-preserving root canal therapy can benefit you.
Why do I need a root canal?
Your dentist will suggest a root canal if the pulp at the center of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Without a root canal, tooth extraction is usually necessary. If you need a root canal, you may experience:
- Tooth pains that worsens when you bite or chew
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
- Swollen or tender gums
If you don't receive root canal therapy, you may develop a potentially dangerous infection called an abscess. The bacteria from this infection can spread throughout your body and even cause a heart attack or stroke.
What causes the infection or inflammation?
Infection of inflammation can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- An mouth injury
- Extensive tooth decay
- Cracks or chips that allow bacteria to penetrate your tooth
- Faulty crowns
- Numerous dental procedures performed on the tooth
How does my Jenkintown dentist perform a root canal?
Undergoing a root canal won't seem much different than receiving a filling. After offering you a local anesthetic or sedation, your dentist starts the procedure by drilling into your tooth to expose the pulp. He removes the pulp using tiny files to clean and shape the root canals in your tooth. Small posts are usually added to the tooth to help support the crown that will cover it once the procedure is completed.
At the end of this appointment, you'll receive a temporary filling in the tooth. Adding a temporary filling allows sufficient time for fluids to drain from the tooth. In about a week, your dentist will check your tooth and add a permanent filling if there are no further signs of infection. Your tooth will probably feel a little tender for the next few days or weeks, but over-the-counter medication will relieve any pain you might experience.
Do you have a toothache or other dental problem? Call Dr. Cary Limberakis and Dr. Jonathan Limberakis, your Jenkintown, PA dentists, at (215) 886-8866 to schedule an appointment to evaluate your tooth. Prevent tooth loss with root canal therapy.