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How root canal treatment from your dentist in Kissimmee, FL, can help your smile
If you have been told you need a root canal, you may be fearing the worst. The truth is, root canal treatment is nothing to fear. Modern root canal therapy is easier than you think, and it’s the perfect solution to remove tooth pain, and avoid tooth extraction. Dr. Vincent Grosso II in Kissimmee, FL, offers root canal therapy to help your smile.
Your tooth can hurt for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, infection, trauma, periodontal disease, and other causes. So, how do you know if you really need a root canal? There are some signs and symptoms which may indicate a root canal can help you. Let your dentist know if you experience:
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Increasing pain when you bite down or chew your food
- A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
- Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
- A tooth becoming noticeably darker or grayer than the teeth next to it
If you do need a root canal, don’t worry! Dr. Grosso begins by creating a small opening in the top of your tooth. Using ultra-thin instruments, he will draw out the infected and inflamed tissue through the opening. A temporary sedative filling is then placed inside your tooth. This sedative eliminates inflammation, pressure and pain.
When your symptoms have subsided and your tooth is no longer painful, Dr. Grosso will remove the sedative material and fill your tooth with an inert material. The opening is then sealed up with a permanent filling.
Your root canal is complete, and your pain is gone! You also have kept your complete smile! To find out more about how root canals help your smile, call your dentist, Dr. Vincent Grosso in Kissimmee, FL, today!
As a new permanent tooth develops, the roots undergo a process of breakdown and growth. As older cells dissolve (a process called resorption), they’re replaced by newer cells laid down (deposition) as the jaw develops. Once the jaw development ends in early adulthood, root resorption normally stops. It’s a concern, then, if it continues.
Abnormal root resorption most often begins outside of the tooth and works its way in, beginning usually around the neck-like (or cervical) region of the tooth. Also known as external cervical resorption (ECR), the condition usually shows first as pink spots where the enamel is being undermined. As these spots continue to erode, they develop into cavity-like areas.
While its causes haven’t been fully confirmed, ECR has been linked to excessive pressure on teeth during orthodontic treatment, periodontal ligament trauma, teeth-grinding or other excessive force habits, and bleaching techniques performed inside a tooth. Fortunately, ECR is a rare occurrence, and most people who’ve had these problems won’t experience it.
When it does occur, though, it must be treated as quickly as possible because the damage can progress swiftly. Treatment depends on the size and location of the resorption: a small site can often be treated by surgically accessing the tooth through the gum tissue and removing the offending tissue cells. This is often followed with tooth-colored dental material that’s bonded to the tooth to replace lost structure.
A root canal treatment may be necessary if the damage has extended to the pulp, the tooth’s interior. However, there’s a point where the resorption becomes too extensive to save the tooth. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar tooth restoration.
In its early stages, ECR may be difficult to detect, and even in cases where it’s been diagnosed more advanced diagnostics like a CBCT scanner may be needed to gauge the extent of damage. In any case, it’s important that you have your teeth examined on a regular basis, at least twice a year. In the rare chance you’ve developed ECR, the quicker it’s found and treatment begun, the better your chances of preserving the tooth.
Do you have any signs and symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal? Every year, more than 22 million people receive the tooth-saving treatment, according to the American Society of Endodontists. Our Kissimmee, FL, dentist, Dr. Vincent Grosso, offers root canal therapy and other dental treatments that help his patients improve their oral health.
Do you know common root canal signs?
Although a visit with your Kissimmee dentist is the best way to determine the cause of your symptoms, a few things often occur if you have an inflammation or infection in your tooth pulp.
Severe, throbbing pain can occur if you need a root canal, but the ache in your tooth may seem mild at first. Any pain in a tooth should always prompt you to call the dentist. Pain can occur for a variety of reasons ranging from a cavity to a crack in a tooth to an infection. Once pain occurs, your tooth won't get better without a little help from your dentist.
If you have an inflammation or infection in your pulp, you may notice that mealtime has become particularly painful. Chewing exerts pressure on teeth and can cause increased pain. Hot and cold beverages and foods often irritate an inflamed or infected tooth, sending jolts of pain through your mouth for as long as 30 minutes after you finish eating or drinking.
Healthy teeth don't normally change color. If one tooth darkens, it's safe to assume that you have a problem that warrants a dental visit. An infection or inflammation can also affect the gum tissue surrounding your tooth. You may notice that your gum is red, swollen, and painful if there's an issue with your tooth pulp.
If you experience a dental abscess, a bacterial infection in your pulp, you may experience worsening pain, fever, a pimple-like bump on your gum, facial swelling, and swollen lymph nodes. Without immediate treatment, your infection can spread to other parts of your body, including your heart and brain. Luckily, dental abscesses can be successfully treated with antibiotics and root canal therapy if you call the dentist when you first notice these symptoms.
Root canal therapy will end your painful symptoms by removing the pulp, thoroughly cleaning the interior of the tooth and root canals, then replacing the pulp with a rubber-based filling.
Save your tooth with root canal therapy. Call our Kissimmee, FL, dentist, Dr. Grosso, at (407) 350-5969 to schedule your appointment.