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Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. If you are in need of a root canal procedure, visit JP Dental Care in Reno, NV. Just call Dr. Jintae Park today!
Why might you need a root canal?
First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.
Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.
The Root Canal Procedure
If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside of the tooth-shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.
If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.
Are you concerned about pain?
The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone.
Are you anxious about the procedure?
If the dental treatment causes you anxiety, please let us know. There are several sedation options we can pursue to make this procedure less worrisome. Our goal is to make your treatment as gentle and comfortable as possible.
No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. And that is welcome news, indeed! Contact JP Dental Care in Reno, NV. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jintae Park, call (775) 853-0503.
Are you concerned that pain or changes in your teeth or gums may be signs that you need a root canal? Although you'll need to pay a visit to the dentist to be sure that a root canal is needed, you may notice a few signs and symptoms if your tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Root canals are just one of the services that Reno, NV, dentist Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care provides.
How can I tell if need a root canal?
Pain is often the symptom that prompts people to schedule a visit to their Reno, NV, dentist. It's important to visit any time you have pain in your teeth, even if it comes and goes. If you ignore it, it will eventually become constant. The longer you wait, the more likely that you'll need extensive dental treatment to address your problem.
Does your tooth hurt more when you chew or put pressure on it? When the pulp in the center of your tooth is inflamed or infected, even the slightest pressure can worsen pain. You may also notice that your pain intensifies after eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages. In fact, the pain may continue for as long a half-hour after you finish eating or drinking.
Painful, swollen and red gums may also occur if you need root canal therapy. These changes could also indicate that you have gum disease and should always be evaluated by your dentist. Tooth darkening can occur in some cases. A change in tooth color is a warning sign that shouldn't be ignored.
Severe, throbbing pain often occurs if you have a dental abscess in your pulp. The bacterial infection is considered a dental emergency and must be treated immediately with antibiotics to prevent the spread of the infection. In addition to pain, other signs and symptoms of a dental abscess include facial swelling near the problem tooth, fever and swollen lymph glands. If you take a look in the mirror, you may see a collection of pus around the tooth or notice that a bump that looks like a pimple has formed on the gum next to it.
What happens during a root canal?
Without root canal treatment, you may eventually lose your tooth. During the procedure, your pulp is removed and replaced with a rubber filling. The treatment also involves cleaning and shaping the small root canals that travel from the top of your tooth into the roots.
For questions on root canals, call your dentist, Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, at (775) 853-0503 to schedule your appointment.