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How root canal treatment from your dentist in Batavia can save your tooth
Tooth pain can drive you crazy. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate tooth pain, like getting a filling. But what happens if you have a new filling and your tooth still hurts? What do you do now? The answer may be root canal therapy. John C. Koechley, D.D.S. in Batavia, IL wants to share the signs you may need a root canal.
Root canal therapy is the state-of-the-art way to eliminate tooth pain and still let you keep your tooth. There are some definite recognizable signs and symptoms you may need a root canal. You need to watch out for:
- Pain that continues even after a filling is placed
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
- Radiating pain that moves into your face, head, and jaws
- Chronic or increasing aching or stabbing tooth pain
- A white or red bump on your gums near the root of a tooth
- Bleeding or drainage near a tooth
Root canal treatment works by removing the diseased and dying tissue from inside of your tooth. The dentist will create a small opening in the top of your tooth and draw out the infected tissue using ultra-thin instruments called files. He will place a sedative material inside your tooth to reduce inflammation and heal your tooth.
After your tooth has healed completely and is no longer painful, we will fill the tooth with an inert material and your tooth will be sealed up permanently with a small filling. Your tooth pain is gone, and your tooth is saved! Root canal treatment typically takes at least two or three appointments, depending on how infected the tooth is.
During a root canal, the blood supply and nerves are removed which can make the tooth brittle and prone to breakage. That’s why it is recommended to place a crown on a tooth that has had a root canal. The crown protects the tooth like a suit-of-armor.
If you have a tooth that hurts, think about root canal therapy. It’s the safe, effective way to eliminate tooth pain while still keeping your tooth. For more information about root canal therapy and other restorative and cosmetic dental procedures call John C. Koechley, D.D.S. in Batavia, IL today!
If there was an “Unsung Hero” award for dental procedures, the root canal treatment would win hands-down. Much aligned in popular culture, today’s root canal treatment is actually a valuable tool for saving teeth that would otherwise be lost. And contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they relieve it.
To help you understand its true worth, here are some common questions and answers about the root canal treatment.
What problem does a root canal treatment fix?
A root canal treatment stops a bacterial infection that has invaded the innermost part of a tooth — the pulp — and is advancing toward the end of the root through small passageways known as root canals. Most people first notice the problem as a sharp pain in the affected tooth that may suddenly dissipate in a few days. The infection has attacked the inner pulp tissue, rich in nerve fibers; when the nerve fibers die they stop sending pain signals. The infection, however, hasn’t died: as it advances, you may then begin to experience pain when you bite down or when you encounter hot foods. You may also notice tenderness and swelling in nearby gums.
How does the procedure stop the infection?
A root canal treatment removes all the infected or dead tissue and cleanses the pulp chamber. We enter the pulp chamber through a small access hole created in the tooth’s biting surface. After tissue removal, we then “shape” and prepare the empty chamber and root canals (often with the aid of microscopic equipment) to be filled with a special filling. After filling, the tooth is then sealed to prevent re-infection (most often, we need to install a permanent crown at a subsequent visit for maximum protection).
How much pain can I expect during and after the procedure?
During the procedure, none — the tooth and surrounding gums are fully anesthetized before we begin the procedure. Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days that can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
What’s the ultimate value for a root canal treatment?
The procedure can save a tooth severely damaged by the infection. Even covered by an artificial crown, a living tooth continuing to exist and function normally within the mouth is usually more conducive for optimum oral health than an artificial tooth replacement.
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 “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”
Don't keep ignoring your toothache. This is important advice from Batavia, IL dentist, Dr. John C. Koechley, who has seen patients suffer needlessly from dental pain. Here are the sources of toothache discomfort and how he often treats them at his dental practice.
Why Your Tooth Hurts
The American Association of Endodontists, dentists highly skilled in dental implant placement and root canal therapy, say that sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages causes tooth pain in children and adults.Why are teeth sensitive to temperature extremes? A small cavity, hairline crack or deteriorating filling may be allowing hot or cold to transfer through tooth enamel and dentin and into the innervated soft tooth pulp. Also, receded gums and thin enamel which expose tooth roots give the same painful effect.
Another common cause is a dental abscess or infection. Resulting from periodontitis (advanced gum disease) or deep decay, abscesses destroy tooth pulp and can even travel out the root into surrounding jaw bone. Redness, swelling, pus around the tooth, bad breath and serious discomfort should alert you to call Dr. Koechley immediately for information on how to proceed.
Root canal therapy, also called endodontics, is a reliable way to treat a dental abscess and save a sick tooth from extraction. This procedure is comfortable and takes just two dental visits. A root canal removes infected pulp and caps the tooth, strengthening it and keeping it from additional decay or injury.
Jaw injury, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Dysfunction and teeth grinding, or bruxism, cause toothaches as well. A fractured jaw requires a trip to the local ER. TMJ and bruxism are often treated and pain relieved with customized mouth guards that cushion teeth and rightly align top and bottom jaws for a better functioning joint.
Finally, your tooth may hurt because it has been partially knocked out or evulsed. Dr. Koechley recommends replacing it in the socket, if possible, and holding it in place while travelling to his office. The American Dental Association and other professional dental entities state that if a tooth is evulsed, it may be completely restored if seen by a dentist within an hour of injury.
The Moral of the Story
When it comes to dental pain, Dr. Koechley, your Batavia, IL dentist, wants you to act at the first sign of discomfort. Quick action relieves pain and preserves your tooth. Additionally, good oral hygiene at home and regular dental check-ups and cleanings go a long way to keeping teeth and gums healthy. Plus, when you see Dr. Koechley every six months, he will spot small problems and treat them before they become painful and expensive.
Do You Have a Toothache?
Don't ignore it. Call the offices of John C. Koechley DDS for an appointment, and schedule your routine exam and cleaning, too.
Singer LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel a string of performances recently, as a more pressing engagement came up: a late-night meeting with her endodontist. It turned out that the country-pop star needed some emergency dental work performed while she was on tour. But her die-hard fans needn't have felt left out — Rimes faithfully tweeted each stage of her dental treatment.
The trouble began before she was scheduled to play a show in Ohio. “Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal,” she informed her twitter followers. Instead of performing, Rimes was advised to spend the next few days resting after the emergency treatment. “Happy Friday! I'll be spending mine in bed,” she tweeted after the previous evening's procedure. The following Monday, Rimes returned to the dentist's chair for follow-up treatment.
It turned out that the singer had been battling dental pain for months. “I am so disappointed that I can't make it to my fans tonight.” Rimes explained in a statement. “I had wanted to give them the show they deserved and only wish this tooth pain held out a little longer.”
If there's a moral to this story, it's this: If you have tooth pain, don't wait to see a dentist. Call us right away!
A feeling of constant pain and pressure in your mouth is a clear indication that you may need a root canal. Another telltale symptom is sharp pain when you bite down on food, or lingering pain after eating something hot or cold. Not every symptom is as clear-cut, however — the only way to know for sure whether you need treatment is to come in for an evaluation.
Pain in your teeth or gums may be a symptom of a serious condition. Even if the pain goes away temporarily, an underlying infection generally does not. If a treatment such as root canal therapy is needed, the sooner it is obtained, the better you'll feel. And remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause tooth pain — it relieves it!
If you have any concerns about tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “I'd Rather Have a Root Canal” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”