Root Canal Therapy
Why does root canal therapy have such a bad reputation? The truth is that this procedure is fairly simple and can allow us to save a tooth that we might otherwise have to pull. Thanks to advances in dental technology and improved techniques, you are unlikely to feel any discomfort during the procedure, and it will relieve the pain you are currently experiencing.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Although many people refer to the root canal therapy procedure as simply “a root canal,” your root canal is actually part of the anatomy of your tooth. The pulp chamber and the nerve of your tooth are both housed in the root canal.
Sometimes, the root canal can become infected. This infection is often painful and can cause the death of the tooth’s root. If your tooth’s root dies, the tooth itself will eventually become discolored and fall out.
Root canal therapy treats the infection in the root canal by removing the infected material from the tooth. The inside of the tooth is then filled to protect and stabilize the tooth as well as prevent the infection from recurring. If necessary, we may also cover the affected tooth with a crown to provide further protection.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
If you need a root canal, you will often have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain in the tooth, particularly when pressure is applied
- Pain and sensitivity that are triggered by changes in temperature
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling of the gum or cheek
- A pimple-like lesion that appears on the gums adjacent to the tooth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t delay. Call our Wausau dental office today to schedule your examination with Dr. Kim. Waiting to treat the problem could result in the infection spreading to other teeth or even throughout your system, creating further complications and discomfort.
Root canal therapy is safe and effective with more than a 95 percent success rate. Once your tooth has been fixed, you can expect it to stay that way for a lifetime.
Following Your Root Canal
After your root canal is completed, you may experience some sensitivity and discomfort in the tooth. This can usually be controlled with medication, and we will discuss which options are right for you. As your body adjusts and realizes that it no longer has to fight an infection, the inflammation and sensitivity will fade away. Most people are able to return to a normal level of activity later that day or by the following day.
Dr. Kim will also provide advice as to when you can expect your tooth to be fully restored to functionality. Depending on the extent of the infection, your tooth may require further restoration, and Dr. Kim will discuss this with you.
If you are in pain, please call our office today at 715-849-5667 so we can determine the cause of your discomfort and create a plan for treatment.