Root Canal Treatment in Wentzville, MO
Many patients don’t know what to expect from root canal treatment. Root canals sounds scary, but once you are number the procedure general feels like getting a filling. Dr. Winschel has done more root canals than most general dentists, and knows when to attempt a root canal or when to send you to a root canal specialist.
Roots Canals and Endodontic Treatment
Root canal treatment is a form of endodontic treatment which aims to completely remove the infection and nerve in a tooth. Endodontists are dental specialists who perform endodontic therapy and treatments.
Root canals represent one of the best-known examples of endodontic treatment.
Reasons to Schedule Root Canal Treatment
Generally, a patient will be recommended to move forward with root canal treatment due to infection, retention, and discoloration.
1) Infection: This can occur when decay or trauma kills off the pulp of the tooth (both nerves and blood vessels), allowing bacteria to enter the tooth’s chamber. This causes a painful infection in and around the tooth. Symptoms can include sensitivity to cold, warmth, sweet foods, or pain when biting down on something hard. The teeth may also be sensitive to pressure or discolor over time.
2) Retention: Occasionally there is not enough space on tooth for a dental crown to stay in place without support from the root. In these cases, the root is utilized to help hold filling material to gain length so the crown can stay on successfully.
3) Discoloration: This discoloration is due to a similar process as bruising. Bruising on an arm or leg will return to normal with time, but the tooth does not return to normal without treatment. A discolored tooth must bleached from the inside out. In order to do this effectively, your dental team will usually recommend that is best to clean and seal the canal with root canal treatment first.
Alternatives to Root Canals
Root canals represent only one option to care for an infected tooth. In some situations, patients may elect to have a tooth extracted instead. Our team can replace the extracted tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture (partial or full denture). However, many patients prefer to keep their natural teeth. A root canal or filling allows you to avoid tooth extraction. You can reduce the odds of needing either a root canal or a tooth extraction by practicing good oral hygiene. Dentists recommend that you brush and floss regularly. It’s also a good idea to set up regular dental appointments for preventative care.
Reach Out to Us to Schedule a Root Canal
Root canals allow you to handle a severely infected tooth. Our team at Parkway Family Dental Care has the experience and training to perform root canal procedures. We’ll discuss the treatment with you and review all your care options.