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Brushing and flossing your teeth each day is a simple routine for beautiful teeth, but sometimes due to injury or sickness, the health of a smile suffers. Staining and decay can mar an otherwise great grin. An exam will show if you require a root canal and anything else that needs improvement. At our practice, Dr. Yati Yadav of Your Family Dentist, PC in Peoria, AZ and serving the Glendale and Phoenix, AZ area, can help.
What can a root canal fix?
Root canals fix teeth that are badly decayed at the root, fostering infections beneath the tooth. These infections can present as a small bump on the gums. Pain is usually present in the surrounding tissue.
This procedure also adjusts very decayed teeth that appear darker in color. This discoloration is due to decay or where the enamel has weakened. While root canals do not add coverings to the teeth, they do stop the progression of the infection.
Root canals also address discomfort when the patient consumes food or when pressure is applied to the area. Sensitivity and tooth pain that continues after hot and/or cold foods or are no longer near or on the teeth.
Patients that experience pain in their gums that increases during the day and then recedes in the evening may need a root canal. Should you notice tender, inflamed tissue near the area of the tooth irritation, a root canal from your dentist may be able to fix this.
When the teeth are cracked, they become more susceptible to infection and other challenges. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canals can fix deeply cracked teeth and restore them before the infection gets worse.
Maybe you have noticed changes in your dentition that signal the need for a root canal. Dr. Yadav is happy to examine your teeth and meet your dental needs. Contact Your Family Dentist, PC in Peoria, AZ and serving the Glendale and Phoenix, AZ area at (623) 878-3300 to schedule a consultation.
As a new permanent tooth develops, the roots undergo a process of breakdown and growth. As older cells dissolve (a process called resorption), they’re replaced by newer cells laid down (deposition) as the jaw develops. Once the jaw development ends in early adulthood, root resorption normally stops. It’s a concern, then, if it continues.
Abnormal root resorption most often begins outside of the tooth and works its way in, beginning usually around the neck-like (or cervical) region of the tooth. Also known as external cervical resorption (ECR), the condition usually shows first as pink spots where the enamel is being undermined. As these spots continue to erode, they develop into cavity-like areas.
While its causes haven’t been fully confirmed, ECR has been linked to excessive pressure on teeth during orthodontic treatment, periodontal ligament trauma, teeth-grinding or other excessive force habits, and bleaching techniques performed inside a tooth. Fortunately, ECR is a rare occurrence, and most people who’ve had these problems won’t experience it.
When it does occur, though, it must be treated as quickly as possible because the damage can progress swiftly. Treatment depends on the size and location of the resorption: a small site can often be treated by surgically accessing the tooth through the gum tissue and removing the offending tissue cells. This is often followed with tooth-colored dental material that’s bonded to the tooth to replace lost structure.
A root canal treatment may be necessary if the damage has extended to the pulp, the tooth’s interior. However, there’s a point where the resorption becomes too extensive to save the tooth. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar tooth restoration.
In its early stages, ECR may be difficult to detect, and even in cases where it’s been diagnosed more advanced diagnostics like a CBCT scanner may be needed to gauge the extent of damage. In any case, it’s important that you have your teeth examined on a regular basis, at least twice a year. In the rare chance you’ve developed ECR, the quicker it’s found and treatment begun, the better your chances of preserving the tooth.
How a root canal eliminates tooth pain
Tooth pain can make you miserable, affecting your ability to sleep, eat, and enjoy your life. Fortunately, there is a way to relieve tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Root canal therapy is the treatment you need. Dr. Yati Yadav at Your Family Dentist in Peoria, Arizona offers a wide range of dental services including root canals to help relieve tooth pain. He proudly serves residents in the Glendale and Phoenix area and he can help you too.
Tooth pain can be caused by many things including deep dental decay, trauma, and even grinding your teeth at night. When tooth pain strikes, it can be acute and severe. When your tooth is damaged, the inner layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, becomes bruised. Inflammation and pressure builds up inside your tooth, causing pain.
A root canal works by removing the inflamed, diseased tissue inside your tooth. Treatment begins by your dentist creating a small opening in the top of your tooth. The diseased tissue is drawn out through the opening, and a sedative filling is placed inside your tooth.
The sedative filling reduces pressure and pain by eliminating inflammation, allowing your tooth to calm down. When you no longer feel pain or other symptoms, the sedative is removed and your tooth is refilled with an inert material. The opening is sealed up with a dental crown, and you are done!
You may need root canal treatment if you notice:
- Pain that continues even after dental treatment
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- A red or white bump on your gums next to a tooth root
- Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
You don’t have to put up with tooth pain! Instead, just pick up the phone and call Dr. Yati Yadav at Your Family Dentist in Peoria, Arizona, serving residents in the Glendale and Phoenix area. Find out more about how root canal therapy can relieve your pain by calling today!
Learn more about root canals and why they are performed.
Root canal treatment has gotten a pretty bad reputation over the years and now our Peoria, AZ, dentist Dr. Yati Yadav is here to debunk some of these myths and negative images surrounding this procedure. After all, it’s really no more invasive than having a tooth filled after a cavity, and it could just end up saving your tooth from needing to be extracted.
So, why is a root canal performed?
A root canal requires us to go inside the tooth, where the source of the issue lies. While decay destroys the outer layers of the tooth (known as the enamel) sometimes untreated decay or damage to the tooth can allow bacteria to enter inside the tooth where the dental pulp lies. When this happens, the pulp becomes infected. Once this occurs, the only option is for our Peoria, AZ, general dentist to perform a root canal to remove the infected pulp and the bacteria from inside the tooth.
What are the signs that you might need a root canal?
It’s important that if you are dealing with any changes or symptoms then you seek care from your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner the problem is treated the better for the health of your smile in the long run.
The most common symptom of an infected dental pulp is a toothache. The pain may be persistent or may come and go. Some toothaches may be mild (but even mild pain shouldn’t be ignored!) or severe and you may notice that the pain gets worse whenever you chew or bite down on the tooth.
You may also notice that the tooth has become sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. The sensitivity will often linger. Along with pain and sensitivity, you may also notice that the gums surrounding the tooth are red, puffy and even tender to the touch. Sometimes a bump or growth forms on the gums (this is known as an abscess).
If you are experiencing warning signs that you might need a root canal it’s important to play it safe and visit our office as soon as possible for a checkup. Turn to Your Family Dentist in Peoria, AZ and serving Glendale, AZ, to get the care your smile needs.
The term “root canal” is a part of our social lexicon, and not always with a positive meaning. But contrary to its negative reputation, a root canal treatment can make all the difference in your dental health.
Here are 3 things you may not know about this important procedure.
A root canal treatment is a “tooth” saver. Decay deep inside the tooth pulp puts the entire tooth at risk. The infection not only destroys nerves and tissue in the pulp, it has a direct path to the root through tiny passageways known as root canals. By cleaning out this infected tissue, then filling the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling, the procedure stops the disease from further harm and seals the tooth from future infection. Without it, it’s highly likely the tooth will be lost and other teeth threatened by the infection.
A root canal doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The biggest misconception about root canal treatments is their supposed painfulness. That’s just not true, thanks to anesthetic techniques that numb the teeth and gums — and any discomfort afterward is quite manageable with mild anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. The procedure actually stops the real pain, caused by the infection damaging and finally killing the tooth’s nerves, when it stops the infection.
Root canal treatments are even more effective thanks to recent advancements. Not all infected tooth situations are the same: some teeth have smaller offset passageways called accessory canals that grow off a larger root canal that can be quite difficult to detect and access. Missing them can leave the door open for re-infection. In recent years, though, endodontists, specialists in root canal disorders, have improved the way we address these complications using advanced technologies like specialized microscopic equipment and new filling techniques. The result: a lower risk of re-infection and a higher chance of long-term success.
Hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy good dental health and won’t need a root canal treatment. But if you do, rest assured it won’t be the unpleasant experience you might have thought — and will be a welcomed solution to pain and threatening tooth loss.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”