Let's say you're worried about a molar: chewing and cold beverages cause a stab of pain and sensitivity, letting you know something is definitely wrong. Must you lose this tooth? At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, family dentists, Dr. Anthony Marengo, Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik, offer state-of-the-art treatments to restore teeth to excellent form, function, and health. One such treatment is root canal therapy. It could save your sick tooth. Learn the signs that you may need a root canal.
What is a root canal?
Actually, a root canal is part of your tooth anatomy. Molars, such as your painful one, usually have three to four of these interior chambers, or canals, within them—one in each tooth root. Filled with connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, root canals are susceptible to damage, inflammation, and infection from deep decay, oral injury (cracks), infection, and other dental problems.
Fortunately, dentists have long used root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, for generations, removing diseased interior pulp, relieving uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms, and saving the tooth from extraction. At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, your family dentists gently and expertly perform this restorative service on scores of patients. After treatment, your teeth will feel better and last for many years, possibly even a lifetime!
To confirm you need a root canal, your dentist will examine and X-ray your tooth. Then, the treatment takes two office visits: one to remove the diseased pulp, add antiseptic medication, and seal the tooth, and another to cover the tooth with a lifelike dental crown made of porcelain.
Symptoms of a problem tooth
Signs you need endodontic therapy include:
- Severe toothache
- Drainage which smells and tastes bad
- Reddened gums
- Pus at the gum line
- A pimple on the gums near the affected tooth
- Change in the color of tooth enamel
- Swelling of the jaw
- Dental sensitivity to cold, heat, pressure, or sugar, that does not resolve quickly
- Cracked or missing tooth structure
It's not difficult
Root canal therapy does not cause dental pain or illness throughout the body. Instead, the process is comfortable, cures the infection and increases the strength and lifespan of the affected tooth. In just two visits, endodontics alleviates the dangers of abscess, decay, and other problems which threaten oral health.
To find out if a root canal could help you, please contact Esthetic Enhancement for an appointment. Family dentists Dr. Marengo, Dr. Sylvester, and Dr. Kolarik will be happy to help you and your tooth. Phone (913) 829-9222.