Signs You May Need a Root Canal
By Fowlerville Family Dentistry
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If your tooth has started throbbing, root canal therapy may be able to save your tooth. Only your dentists in Fowlerville, Dr. Brian root canalPetersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa can tell you for sure. Learn the signs which indicate you may need a root canal procedure. You could join the millions of people who have preserved teeth through this comfortable, simple and highly successful procedure.

What is a root canal?

More properly called root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, a root canal removes the pulp from the interior chambers of a tooth. These chambers, interestingly, are called root canals. They support the tooth and supply it with the nerves and blood supply necessary to develop it during childhood or adolescence.

Unfortunately, oral trauma or deep decay can expose the pulp to harmful bacteria, causing a dental abscess, or infection. If this occurs, the patient may develop some distressing symptoms such as:

  • A throbbing toothache
  • Jaw and gum swelling
  • Redness around the tooth
  • Bad breath not relieved with brushing or mouth rinses
  • Fever
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold, heat or pressure

Your dentist at Fowlerville Family Dentistry will examine and X-ray your tooth. They can tell if the tooth is too heavily damaged and requires extraction or if endodontic therapy can save it.

The process

Don't worry. Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation. It's not lengthy or torturous. Rather, your dentist needs just two visits restore your tooth to full function.

To begin, the doctor injects the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, the dentist accesses the interior of the tooth, and using a series of tiny metal files of various sizes, they debride the canal and smooths its walls. Then, an antiseptic solution cleans the canal, and the dentist seals it with gutta-percha, a naturally-occurring elastic substance which also strengthens the tooth.

Finally, the dentist covers the tooth with a temporary filling or crown. The patient goes home to heal for a week or so and returns to Fowlerville Family Dentistry for the final restoration. That involves placing a customized porcelain crown that restores full function and smile aesthetics. The American Association of Endodontists says that the vast majority of root canal procedures are successful and save teeth for many years of added service.

What are your symptoms?

If one of your teeth is starting to "act up," please contact Fowlerville Family Dentistry. You may need a root canal to save your dental health. Call (517) 223-8545 for an appointment.