Posts for tag: root canal
Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.
After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.
More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.
Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.
Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.
Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.
A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.
Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.
If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?”
When bacteria invades a tooth, trouble soon follows. Maybe a tooth decays, or if conditions are right, the interior pulp becomes infected and inflamed, resulting in horrible toothache. At Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY, your family dentists, Dr. Stuart Baldwin and Dr. Ben Baldwin, save severely compromised teeth with root canal therapy. A straightforward, two-visit procedure, a root can heal and protect a tooth so you can keep it for life.
What is a root canal treatment?
Performed in its entirety at Baldwin Dental Group, a root canal treatment removes the soft pulp which resides in tooth's interior chamber and slender canals which occupy each root. Your Madisonville, KY, family dentist will review your symptoms and examine and X-ray your tooth to determine if this restorative service is your best option.
Common symptoms which indicate you need a root canal are:
- An obvious and large chip or crack
- Darkened tooth enamel
- A pimple at the gum line
- Throbbing pain
- Jaw and/or gum swelling
- Extensive decay
- Several fillings, or fillings which are in poor condition
- Extreme dental sensitivity to heat, cold, pressure, or sugar
When possible, Dr. Baldwin prefers root canal treatment to tooth extraction to avoid the problems associated with tooth loss (a smile gap, degraded gum and bone, poor biting and chewing and weakening of adjoining teeth). Plus, research from the American Association of Endodontists indicates that root canal therapy preserves teeth for years--even for the rest of the patient's life.
How it all works
Your family dentist will numb your tooth and place a rubber dam around it to protect the rest of your mouth from debris and infection. This device also keeps the area dry as he works.
Then, Dr. Baldwin uses a high-speed drill to create an opening into the first root canal. (Larger teeth have up to four root canals.) Through the hole, he introduces small files or a rotary endodontic tool to remove the damaged pulp. Also, he cleans and disinfects the canals, filling each with putty called gutta-percha.
After restoring each canal, the family dentist places a protective temporary cap over the tooth. You'll heal for a week or so and then return to the office for placement of a beautiful and realistic porcelain crown.
Your renewed tooth needs no special care. Just brush twice daily, and floss every day. See Dr. Baldwin for your usual semi-annual examination and hygienic cleaning.
Concerned about a tooth?
Don't hesitate to contact Baldwin Dental Group for an appointment. Dr. Stuart Baldwin, Dr. Ben Baldwin and their caring team will work hard to help you and that tooth feel better fast. Phone (270) 245-1547 for an appointment in Madisonville, KY.
Root Canals are essential to oral health care. Some people think they are painful, but that's just a myth. Root canals actually relieve pain. Modern technology has come a long way, allowing your Madisonville, KY, dentist to treat your tooth pain.
What's a root canal?
A tooth is composed of several layers:
- The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part.
- The second layer, under the enamel, it is called dentin. This layer is yellowish and a bit softer.
- The third layer of the tooth is called pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves.
- The last layer is the cementum. This part anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel, then the dentin, it reaches the pulp, causing pain. Your Madisonville dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining, then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
Why would I need a root canal?
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up. Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean at some point, but you have to deal with bacteria eating away at your teeth.
- Brushing and flossing on a regular basis
- Eating sugary foods and drinks like sugary gum and soda contribute to tooth decay, but healthy foods like apples and carrots help scrape plaque off teeth
- Constantly drinking water also helps remove plaque and food debris from your teeth
If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your Madisonville, KY, dentists. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (270) 245-1547.
A damaged tooth often means a painful tooth and is a situation that most people would choose to avoid if given the chance. However, broken and damaged teeth are one of the most common dental issues. So, luckily, your dentist can help repair your damaged tooth and restore your biting surface with a root canal. Find out more about root canals, how they work, and why they are important with Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY.
How does a root canal work?
A root canal is an important procedure aimed at preserving the tooth’s natural structure while removing decayed or infected tissue inside. The infection comes from tooth decay, which, after reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, damages the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve which lie inside. This results in a toothache or if left untreated, can cause a dental abscess. By removing the tooth’s tissues and nerve, your dentist also removes the tooth’s ability to feel pain, curing both the infection and the toothache in one fell swoop.
Root Canal vs. Extraction
In the past, dentists could only remove the infected tissue by removing the entire tooth altogether, leading to further complications. Since implementing modern root canals, dentists can keep the tooth intact and cure the infection. A missing tooth, such as one which your dentist has extracted, results in some serious side effects, like the degradation of the bone underneath, a process called bone atrophy. As the bone atrophies, the skin on the face may begin to sag. Additionally, the teeth around the missing tooth may shift to accommodate for the extra room in the mouth, throwing off the natural bite, making chewing more difficult, or even triggering conditions like TMJ disorder.
Root Canal therapy in Madisonville, KY
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures, performed about 41,000 times a day according to the American Association of Endodontists. While root canals often come with the assumption that the procedure is long and painful, this is a myth. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the work area and ensure that you feel no pain during your treatment.
For more information on root canal therapy or how it could benefit you, please contact Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY. Call (270) 245-1547 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
What you need to know about root canal treatment from your Madisonville dentist
Dental pain is something you shouldn’t ignore, especially when your pain can be relieved by root canal therapy. There are some definite signs and symptoms you might need a root canal. In other cases, you may not feel any pain at all and only your dentist can tell you need a root canal. Your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, in Madisonville, Kentucky, want to help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to knowing if you need a root canal.
Your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group want you to know you may need a root canal if you experience:
- Constant throbbing pain or pressure in your mouth
- Sharp, acute pain when you bite down on food
- Pain that lingers after you’ve eaten hot or cold foods
- Swelling in your gums where the root tip of your tooth is
- A white bump with or without pus in your gums where the root tip is
When you make an appointment with your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, they will take x-rays and look for a dark (radiolucent) area at the tip of the root of your painful tooth. This indicates an abscess and the need for a root canal. They will also do pulp testing to determine the health of the pulp, the area inside your tooth containing nerves and blood supply. They will test your tooth for sensitivity to temperature, and for the vitality of the pulp to determine whether or not the pulp of your tooth is damaged or diseased.
You may need a root canal because you have suffered a traumatic injury or accident involving your teeth. Root canals are also often needed for deep dental decay which has reached the pulp of your tooth. Root canals relieve the pain by eliminating the disease inside your tooth while still enabling you to keep your tooth.
To find out for certain if you need a root canal, stop in and visit your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group. You can be assured of excellent care before, during and after your appointment. To find out more about root canal treatment call your dentists at Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, Kentucky. Get some help for your painful tooth and call today!