Many people often cringe when they here the term "root canal." While the procedure may not necessarily be at the top of everyone's list of fun things to do, it is a very common and necessary procedure that is often used to repair a cracked tooth or teeth that have become badly decayed or infected.
Root canals are needed when either the nerve of the tooth has become infected, or if the pulp within the tooth is decayed or damaged. A root canal serves to clean out the infected tooth and seal it. Such a dental condition can become quite painful if left untreated, and with new advances in dental technology, a root canal is not the painful procedure many fear it to be.
Paul Culver, your dentist in Brookfield, Wisconsin will discuss root canals with you as an option if he feels it is needed, and will help alleviate your fears and concerns. It is important to have a root canal procedure as soon as possible, because an infection in the tooth can soon spread to other surrounding areas or cause other severe problems.
In some cases, there may not be any visible symptoms alerting you or your dentist that a root canal may be needed, but some of the most common symptoms include pain upon biting or chewing, extreme sensitivity in the tooth to hot or cold, a discoloration of the tooth, or swelling of the gumline around the tooth.
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Most patients who have root canals experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
For more information on Therapy for Root Canals in Brookfield, Wisconsin call Paul G. Culver, D.D.S. (262) 782-1655 today!