Why You May Need a Root Canal

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Dental pain, sensitivity, drainage--these signs indicate a serious problem with your tooth. To save it, you may require root canal therapy root canalfrom your Charlottesville dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle. A highly reliable and comfortable treatment, endodontic therapy, as it's also called, relieves pain and infection, preserving your tooth for years. Here's more on the whys and hows of root canal therapy.

The sick tooth

Maybe you injured a tooth in a fall. Maybe you have a deep cavity that has become infected. Whatever the reason, you know you have a problem because you exhibit symptoms of:

  • A throbbing toothache
  • Sensitivity to pressure, heat or cold
  • Reddened, swollen gums
  • A change in tooth color
  • Drainage
  • Continual bad breath

An oral examination and X-rays confirm the need for root canal therapy. This process removes the diseased pulp from the tooth's interior, including its root canals. This step also seals the tooth and following which the tooth will need to be restored fully and likely be protected with a porcelain crown.

The treatment

The American Association of Endodontists says that dentists in the United States perform more than 15 million root canal procedures each year. Most succeed and extend the lives of teeth by many years. Despite what you may have heard about endodontics, the treatment may take just a couple of appointments, and unlike decades ago modern root canal therapy is quick and painless.

To access the interior chamber of the tooth, Dr. Tisdelle opens a small access hole, and inserts a series of tiny metal files into the first root canal, cleaning out the diseased material and smoothing the walls. The dentist then fills the canal with inert gutta-percha. At the next visit, Dr. Tisdelle protects the tooth with a beautiful porcelain crown.

Results of root canal therapy

Basically, you have a fully restored tooth. It looks good, feels normal and bites and chews just as your other teeth do. To care for it, brush twice a day according to American Dental Association guidelines, and floss daily to maintain a plaque-free environment. Get your six-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Tisdelle, too.

Contact us

If you think a tooth is in trouble, please don't wait. Call Dr. Tisdelle and his dedicated team will help you achieve your healthiest smile. Call for an appointment: (434) 977-4101.

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