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Which would you rather have — the flu or a root canal procedure? Nearly 80 percent of people recently surveyed by the American Association of Endodontists wisely chose the root canal. If this takes you by surprise, then let us bring you up to date on root canal treatment today. It’s nothing like the experience that once made it the butt of jokes and a benchmark against which other “undesirable” experiences were measured.
The term “root canal” actually has two meanings. It is part of the pulp-filled chamber at the center of every tooth containing nerves and blood vessels that keeps teeth vital (alive). It’s also the endodontic (endoÂ = inside; dont = tooth) procedure that treats inflammation and infection in this tissue. Common causes of pulp problems are traumatic damage (for example a crack, chip, or root fracture), deep decay, or gum disease.
The first sign of a problem is typically pain — ranging from acute and intense pangs when biting down, to lingering discomfort after consuming hot or cold foods, to a chronic dull ache and pressure, or tenderness and swelling in nearby gums. The primary pain may abate as the nerves in the pulp die, but the infection will continue, compromising the affected tooth, jeopardizing the health of the surrounding tissues, and often triggering secondary pain.
Pain-Relieving, Tooth-Saving Treatment
Endodontic treatment, by contrast, is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. The tooth and surrounding area are numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. In order to access the diseased pulp, a small opening is made in the biting surface of the tooth. Tiny instruments are used to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the root canal(s) and pulp chamber, and prepare the empty tooth interior to receive a biocompatible filling material to prevent bacteria from returning. A permanent crown may be placed over the tooth at that time, or a second visit may be needed. A crown (cap) is important to the tooth's long-term strength and functionality.
For a day or two following treatment you may experience temporary sensitivity, which often responds to an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen. Occasionally, prescription medications, including antibiotics, may be needed.
All in all, doesn’t saving a tooth sound easier and more constructive than coming down with the flu?
If you would like more information about root canal treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide To Root Canal Treatment.”
No one looks forward to a root canal, but there are certain circumstances that make them necessary. Root canals are an excellent way to treat dental problems while keeping a natural tooth intact. Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. James Cinamon, your dentists in Framingham, MA, want their patients to be aware of the signs that a root canal may be the best option for maintaining your dental health.
Why is a root canal needed?
There are several reasons why a root canal may be necessary, all stemming from damage to the soft tissues, or the pulp, on the inside of the teeth. A tooth that has a significant amount of decay or one that has had several prior procedures may need to be hollowed out and crowned to keep the root system in place. A tooth that has a deep crack may also need shoring up. A root canal from your Framingham dentist is essentially a larger-scale cavity filling; it removes infection and seals off the tooth from further damage.
Signs of pulp damage
One of the ways that dental tissue damage presents itself is through tooth sensitivity; hot or cold food and drinks can cause a tingling and sometimes painful sensation from the area of damage or decay. It may also be very painful to chew or brush in that area. Some people develop a abscess, a bump that resembles a pimple, on the gums nearby. It's important to remember that these symptoms can be indicative of other problems, but it's important to make an appointment with your Framingham dentist to determine the cause and the best course of treatment.
If you've been having an unexplained toothache and think you might need a root canal or other dental procedure, it's time to call Dr. Hubley and Dr. Cinamon in Framingham, MA. Helping you maintain good dental health is our main goal!