Posts for tag: Root Canal

By North Main Dental Inc
February 13, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

During this year's baseball spring training, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton got into a row with a steak dinner—and the beefsteak got the better of it. During his meal, the Gold Glove winner cracked a tooth.

Fortunately, he didn't lose it. Buxton's dentist rescued the tooth with a dental procedure that's been around for over a century—a root canal treatment. The dependable root canal is responsible for saving millions of teeth each year.

Dentists turn to root canal treatments for a number of reasons: a permanent tooth's roots are dissolving (a condition called resorption); chronic inflammation of the innermost tooth pulp due to repeated fillings; or a fractured or cracked tooth, like Buxton's, in which the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria.

One of the biggest reasons, though, is advanced tooth decay. Triggered by acid, a by-product of bacteria, a tooth's enamel softens and erodes, allowing decay into the underlying dentin. In its initial stages, we can often treat decay with a filling. But if the decay continues to advance, it can infect the pulp and root canals and eventually reach the bone.

Decay of this magnitude seriously jeopardizes a tooth's survival. But we can still stop it before that point with a root canal. The basic procedure is fairly straightforward. We begin first by drilling a small hole into the tooth to access the inner pulp and root canals. Using special instruments, we then remove all of the infected tissue within the tooth.

After disinfecting the now empty spaces and reshaping the root canals, we fill the tooth with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. This, along with filling the access hole, seals the tooth's interior from future infection. In most cases, we'll return sometime later and bond a life-like crown to the tooth (as Buxton's dentist did for him) for added protection and support.

You would think such a procedure would get its own ticker tape parade. Unfortunately, there's a cultural apprehension that root canals are painful. But here's the truth—because your tooth and surrounding gums are numbed by local anesthesia, a root canal procedure doesn't hurt. Actually, if your tooth has been throbbing from tooth decay's attack on its nerves, a root canal treatment will alleviate that pain.

After some time on the disabled list, Buxton was back in the lineup in time to hit his longest homer to date at 456 feet on the Twins' Opening Day. You may not have that kind of moment after a root canal, but repairing a bothersome tooth with this important procedure will certainly get you back on your feet again.

If you would like more information about root canal therapy, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By North Main Dental Inc
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain   Root Canal  

ToothacheIt's human nature to ignore little aches and pains. After all, most of us don't want to be thought of as complainers. Unfortunately, ignoring the subtle changes that point towards needing a root canal can prevent you from receiving the treatment you need to save your tooth. Your Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental, diagnose and treat many types of tooth issues and provide root canals when needed.


Ongoing tooth pain is never normal

Pain in your tooth is a signal that something is wrong. If you need a root canal, the pain is caused by an inflammation or infection in the pulp, a soft collection of nerves, blood vessels, and tissues in the center of your tooth. During root canal therapy, your Dayton dentist removes the pulp, cleans the tooth, shapes the canals with tiny files, and, finally, fills the tooth with a rubber-based filling.

If you have an inflammation or infection, pain in your tooth may be mild, moderate, or intense, depending on the severity of the problem. In some cases, the pain may go away for a few days, only to return again. Does your tooth hurt more when you eat? Inflammations and infections can trigger pain when you put pressure on your tooth or when the tooth is exposed to hot, cold, or sweet substances.


Inflammations and infections can cause noticeable changes in teeth and gum

Pain isn't the only sign that you may need a root canal. You may actually be able to see changes in your tooth or gum. Your tooth may darken, or you might notice that the gum around the problem tooth is red, inflamed, and swollen.


Tooth pain accompanied by fever or facial swelling can be a sign of a serious infection

You'll need a root canal if you develop a bacterial infection called an abscess in your pulp. An abscess is a dental emergency and requires prompt treatment with antibiotics, in addition to a root canal. If you don't receive treatment, the infection could spread throughout your body. In addition to severe, throbbing pain, other abscess symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, pus, or a bump that looks like a pimple on the gum next to the tooth.

Do any of these root canal signs sound familiar? Call your Dayton, OH, dentists, Drs. James and Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental at (937) 275-0076 to schedule an appointment.