Tooth decay can become so severe that it puts your entire tooth at risk, not just the portion that’s visible in your smile. In the event that your tooth becomes infected, Dr. Tolliver and his team take all the steps necessary to save your tooth, not just outright extract it. With root canal therapy in Springfield, MO, you can give your damaged tooth a second chance. To schedule your next root canal therapy or confirm if treatment is needed, give our dental office a call!
There are many symptoms that imply that you need to have a root canal procedure performed. For example, if you notice severe discomfort or sensitivity in your tooth that does not go away, it’s likely a sign that serious decay or infection is present inside the tooth. You may also find it very difficult to bite down or chew food. If your tooth appears to be black, brown, or a dark shade of yellow, it means you’ll need to get to our dental office right away for closer examination. The last thing you should do is put off your treatment.
There are many misconceptions out there about root canal therapy, which is why Galleria Dental of Springfield is happy to explain the process to patients as much as possible to give them confidence about their future care. Below, you can read a handful of the most common questions Dr. Tolliver hears so you can stay informed on the facts behind root canal therapy. Of course, if your question isn’t mentioned, you’re always welcome to give us a call directly or bring up your concerns at your next appointment.
Root canals are stereotypically known for being painful or uncomfortable, but this is actually not the case. The reality is it’s actually the infection that’s causing a lot of the discomfort people associate with root canals. In fact, root canal therapy is what alleviates discomfort, rather than causing it. Additionally, dentists always make sure to numb the mouth beforehand, making treatment feel more comparable to receiving a dental filling. We’ll always make sure that you feel comfortable and prepared before beginning any stage of your treatment.
Not only are root canals safe to complete, but they actually are essential to saving teeth severely damaged by decay or injury. It’s also considered to be a highly successful treatment, with success rates reaching as high as 95% on average. On top of that, a tooth can last a lifetime after receiving a root canal. Thankfully, any teeth treated by a root canal are covered with a natural-looking, durable, and long-lasting crown, so no one will notice your tooth was treated in the first place.
When deep decay reaches the inside of the tooth, it can cause the pulp and nerve in the center to become irritated, inflamed, and of course, infected. However, it’s not the only reason why the nerve and pulp may need root canal treatment. For example, if a tooth is worked on too many times, contains large fillings, or has been cracked or chipped, oral bacteria can travel inside and develop an infection as well. If you experience severe facial trauma, it can also leave a tooth cracked and at risk of an infection.
When a tooth’s nerve or pulp becomes damaged, bacteria can reach this sensitive area and begin to multiply inside the pulp chamber. When the tissue inside the tooth becomes infected, pus-filled pockets can form at the end of the roots of the tooth, which are deep inside the jawbone. When this occurs, it’s known as an abscess. In order to prevent further spread of the infection, damaged and diseased tissue must be removed.
Your tooth will likely feel sensitive following root canal therapy, but this is normal. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen sodium. In most cases, you should be able to return to your regular activities the day after treatment.