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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!
If a pain you’ve been feeling goes away, you might believe the problem that caused it is gone too. But that doesn’t mean it has, especially with a tooth. An excruciating toothache that suddenly stops should still be examined. Here’s why.
Tooth decay often works its way into a tooth’s innermost layer, the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and other tissue. The infection attacks the nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. As the infection persists, though, the nerves will eventually die and will no longer be capable of sending pain signals — hence the “mysterious” end of your toothache.
Although the pain has stopped, the infection is very much active in the tooth and will continue to work its way through the root canals to the jaw. And ultimately, the pain will return as the infection invades the bone.
But there’s good news: a tooth in this condition can be saved with a procedure known as root canal therapy. We drill a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp, usually through the biting surface of back teeth or in the rear in front teeth. Once inside the pulp chamber, we clean out the infected and dead tissue. We then fill the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling and seal the access hole. In a few weeks the tooth receives a life-like crown to further protect it from re-infection and fracture years later.
A straightforward root canal treatment can be performed by a general dentist. If there are complications like a complex root canal network, however, then the skills and specialized equipment of an endodontist (a specialist in root canals) may be needed.
A root canal treatment resolves the real cause of a toothache that suddenly stopped, as well as puts an end to future pain and infection related to the tooth. More importantly, it can save your tooth and add many more years to its life.
If you would like more information on tooth pain, 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 Severe Toothache.”