Target Tooth Disease in Marshalltown
Tooth decay is a serious problem, affecting millions of Americans every year. Causing pain while chewing, talking, and smiling, damage below the surface of the teeth can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Affected individuals may also be acutely sensitive to temperature, finding both hot and cold food or drinks too much to bear.
At Colene Grecian, DDS, we are highly experienced with root canal endodontic treatments, offering support and therapy to help your teeth remain as healthy as possible.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a very common form of treatment that targets the pulp of a tooth. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed, nerve damage can spread, leading to great pain during routine activities. With a root canal, dentists can address this pain, alleviating negative symptoms and preventing further infection that could result in the removal of the affected tooth. While not all oral pain requires a root canal, root canals are the first line of defense against abscesses and more serious forms of infection.
How a Root Canal Works
A root canal is designed to remove decay from within a tooth. In this process, a dentist will drill an opening in the top of the tooth to remove all pulp from within chambers and canals. These areas are then cleaned with a disinfectant solution like sodium hypochlorite. If necessary, your dentist will shape the area within the tooth with small files to remove all decay and create adequate room for a filling. This cavity will then be filled with a rubber-like material known as guttapercha and coated with a sealing paste. Then, your dentist will place a permanent filling to prevent future damage. This tooth is generally then covered by a crown.
When a Root Canal Is Necessary
When you are having extreme pain in your teeth and gums, seeing a dentist is imperative. At Colene Grecian, DDS, we will begin the process of treating tooth pain with an examination of your mouth, which includes taking X-rays to determine the status of problematic teeth. Additionally, a pulp viability test may be performed, which involves placing a cold stimulus on a tooth to check for a healthy response. If there appears to be an issue within a tooth, your dentist will prepare for a root canal. Root canals often take place in a single appointment of 90 minutes to 2 hours, but may require a second appointment based on their severity.
Before beginning a root canal, your dentist will thoroughly numb the surrounding tissue with lidocaine or other local anesthesia. While some patients do find the process to be painful, many equate the experience with that of undergoing a standard filling. Most patients can return to daily activities within hours. If you’ve been noticing soreness, pain, or anything else making your teeth and mouth uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 641-752-3337 at your earliest convenience!