Never Fear, Root Canal Therapy Is Here!
It seems like more superhero movies are being announced and promoted than ever before. For fans of these stories, it’s fun to watch people (and aliens) with superpowers save the day.
Well, there’s another hero that is often misunderstood in the world of restorative dentistry. It’s root canal therapy, and we want to share an example of how it could save your smile.
Root canals are one of the most feared treatments in dental care, but they shouldn’t be. We perform them regularly at our dentist office in Millburn, NJ, to help patients who are suffering from infected teeth.
The staff a Millburn Dental Arts doesn’t want anyone to be in pain, and believe it or not, a root canal could be just what you need to feel normal again.
It Can Start With Something Small
Root canal therapy isn’t something we want to do. It’s something Dr. Scott Krosser will do when it’s needed to preserve a tooth and to protect your smile.
The reason you may end up needing a root canal can start with something small.
Maybe you have decided to make yourself a salad for a light lunch. You toss in some lettuce and spinach. You add some cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices. You toss in a few olives, then polish it off with a touch of your favorite salad dressing.
You take a few bites. You made a tasty salad, and you are eating healthy. You are feeling good when you bite down into something hard that you really didn’t expect to be there. You spit it into your napkin.
It’s an olive pit. It also doesn’t take long for you to notice that your tooth is starting to hurt.
You find a mirror. You don’t appear to be bleeding, and you don’t think your tooth is chipped. What you don’t realize — yet — is that you have cracked your tooth.
Bacteria can get into that crack and start eating away at your tooth from the inside. After a few days, you notice your teeth are more sensitive. Drinking coffee and sipping ice water are both a little painful now.
You’ve also noticed that it hurt when you bite or chew with that same tooth.
Then one morning you wake up with a toothache. This pain never goes away, but it definitely gets more intense at certain times.
You finally give in. You’ve had enough, and you call Millburn Dental Arts to schedule an appointment with Dr. Krosser.
What You Can Expect
Once we determine the problem — your tooth is infected — then we can get to work on the solution.
Tooth infections occur when bacteria reaches the pulp, a soft connective tissue found in the center of your tooth and in your root canals. These are the openings in your roots where nerves and blood vessels enter each tooth.
If the pulp becomes inflamed, it can put pressure on those blood vessels and the nerves. This can cause the pain of your toothache and your increase tooth sensitivity, and it hurts the health of your tooth.
To alleviate your pain, Dr. Krosser will need to remove the infected pulp along with the nerves and blood vessels.
Before starting the root canal procedure, however, we will make sure you don’t feel any pain. We will give you a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues. We also will use the latest techniques and technology to help you remain comfortable.
After the infection matter has been removed, your tooth will be cleaned and sanitized, filled to help it retain its shape, and sealed with a dental crown or filling to restore isn’t function and its appearance.
Review Of Root Canal Symptoms
In our example, you cracked your tooth, which allowed bacteria to get inside your tooth and cause an infection. Untreated tooth decay, gum disease, and broken teeth also can create openings for bacteria to cause infections.
We mentioned some symptoms of infected teeth above, but we want to review them just in case. Contact us today if you are experiencing these symptoms:
▪︎ An ongoing or a recurring toothache
▪︎ Increased tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets
▪︎ Visible discoloration of a tooth
▪︎ A pimple-like growth on your gums
▪︎ Gums that feel tender or become swollen