Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Oh, boy, does that back tooth hurt--even throbs. You also have a persistent bad taste in your mouth, and you just don't feel well. That tooth may be infected, and if so, Dr. Jon LaFlamme may recommend root canal therapy. At Thorp Dental Center, your dentist performs this reliable and tooth-sparing procedure, saving you problems associated with tooth loss. Yes, every tooth is important, says your Thorp, WI dentist. He'd rather restore than extract. Learn all about root canal therapy here.
What is a root canal?
Actually, a root canal is a part of your tooth. Deep inside each of your tooth roots is an pulp-filled chamber, or canal. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue which kept the tooth anchored and nourished as it developed during your youth. As you mature, however, the interior pulp becomes unimportant to overall oral function, and it may be removed if infected or injured by a blow to the face, decay, multiple fillings or other conditions.
So when the health and structure of a tooth is compromised, Dr. LaFlamme does a root canal, or as it's more properly called, root canal therapy or endodontics. This two visit procedure at Thorp Dental allows the dentist to extract the pulp, disinfect the chamber and fill it with a sealant called gutta-percha. A porcelain crown finishes the procedure, beautifying and strengthening the tooth for years--even a lifetime, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Signs you need a root canal
Someone's tooth may be deteriorating, but he or she may not even know it. That's why semi-annual check-ups with your Thorp dentist as so important to your oral health. However, many individuals do exhibit worrisome symptoms such as:
- Throbbing pain
- Discoloration of tooth enamel
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, sugary foods or the pressure of biting and chewing
- Bad breath which does not resolve with brushing, flossing and mouth rinse
- A pimple on the gums near a tooth
- Swelling of the jaw
At the first sign of any dental discomfort or irregularity, please contact Thorp Dental Center right away. The sooner you act, the better your chances are that Dr. LaFlamme can save your tooth.
Avoiding tooth loss
If your Thorp dentist examines your tooth, X-rays it and determines that it is in trouble, root canal therapy is a much better solution than extraction. Why is that? It's because tooth loss creates a set of irreversible problems such as:
- Bone and gum deterioration
- Compromised smile aesthetics
- Movement of remaining teeth to fill the gap
- Change in speech clarity
- Costs associated with tooth replacement
If Dr. LaFlamme says you're a candidate for endodontic therapy, you'll experience relief from your symptoms and enjoy a tooth that strong and attractive. Please contact Thorp Dental Center, serving Boyd, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Gilman, Greenwood, Owen, Stanley, Thorp, Withee, and surrounding Wisconsin communities if you are concerned about the health of a tooth. Call (715) 669-5330. Rest assured that you're in the best of hands!