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By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
December 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal could help save your inflamed or infected tooth. The procedure, one of the many treatments offered by your Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, eliminates your pain and helps you avoid the loss of your tooth.

Why root canals are needed

Root canals treat inflammation in your tooth pulp caused by extensive decay, injuries, and bacterial infections. If the pulp isn't removed and replaced during root canal therapy, you'll eventually lose your tooth.

Root canals also protect your health if you have an abscess. The bacterial infection that caused the abscess can enter your bloodstream and travel to your heart, brain, and other organs without prompt treatment. In addition to receiving a root canal, you'll also need to take antibiotics if you have an abscess.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal therapy doesn't have a very good reputation. In fact, 57 percent of adults surveyed by the American Association of Endodontists in 2019 reported that they were more afraid of root canals than spiders. Although receiving a root canal may have been a painful experience many years ago, that's no longer the case. Advances in dental technology and pain control have made the procedure no more difficult than getting a dental filling.

Before the root canal begins, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. The procedure won't start until you're comfortably numb and can't feel any pain.

After your tooth is opened, your dentist will remove the pulp and clean the interior of the tooth, including the root canals that extend from the top of the tooth to the roots. Tiny files make cleaning and shaping the narrow canals much easier. He may also add an antibiotic to the tooth to kill any lingering bacteria before adding a temporary filling to the tooth.

You'll return to the office in a week or two to receive your permanent filling. Gutta-percha, a rubber-based filling material, is often used to permanently fill teeth treated with root canal therapy. A dental crown may also be recommended to strengthen your treated tooth. You'll visit the Charlottesville dental office at a later date to receive your crown.

After your root canal, your tooth will function normally and you'll no longer have to live with tooth pain.

Do you think you may need a root canal? Call your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, at (434) 977-4101 to schedule your appointment.

By By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
February 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Have you been experiencing dental pain or troublesome tooth changes lately? If so, your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, may be able to help the situation with tooth-saving root canal therapy.

Why are Root Canals Needed?

Your dentist may recommend a root canal if you have an inflammation or infection in your tooth pulp. The pulp, a soft mass of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, is protected by the harder dentin and enamel layers of your tooth. Pulp plays an important role during the development of teeth, but isn't essential once a tooth has reached maturity. After removing the pulp during a root canal, your tooth will continue to function normally.

Once your pulp becomes inflamed or infected, the only way to treat the problem is to remove the pulp during root canal therapy. If you don't have a root canal, your problem will worsen, and you'll eventually lose the tooth.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

Although you'll need to pay a visit to our Charlottesville dental office to determine if you need a root canal, you may experience one or more of these symptoms if you have an inflammation or infection in a tooth:

  • A Persistent Toothache: Infections and inflammations don't always cause severe pain. Even mild pain or pain that comes and goes can be a symptom that you have a problem deep inside your tooth.
  • Mealtime Difficulties: Pain often worsens when you consume foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary, with effects that can linger as long as 30 minutes.
  • Gum Changes: Is your gum around your tooth red and painful? The symptoms could be caused by an infection or inflammation in your pulp.
  • Tooth Injury: Root canals may be needed after an injury to your tooth, particularly if the tooth is cracked, broken, or was re-implanted after being knocked out.
  • Change in Color: Does your tooth suddenly look darker than nearby teeth? Color changes may indicate an issue with your pulp.
  • Abscess Symptoms: You'll need a root canal as soon as possible if you have an abscess caused by a bacterial infection in your pulp. Abscess symptoms can include severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes, facial swelling, pus on your gum, or a pimple-like bump on the gum next to the tooth.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Protect your smile with root canal therapy! Call your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Tisdelle, at (434) 977-4101 to schedule an appointment.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Although a throbbing tooth is certainly an unmistakable sign of a serious problem with your tooth, it's not the only one, as there are a host of other, more subtle, signs which may indicate that you need a root canal. Root canal therapy, offered by your Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, can help end your pain and alleviate other negative symptoms if your tooth is inflamed or infected. Read on to learn all of the signs that point towards needing this tooth-saving treatment.


Root canals save at-risk teeth

During root canal therapy, your Charlottesville dentist removes the pulp from your tooth and replaces it with gutta-percha, a rubber-based filling material. He also cleans the inside of the tooth and shapes the root canals that reach from your roots to the crown, or top, of your tooth.

Root canals are necessary if the pulp has become inflamed or infected. Removing the pulp ends your pain but doesn't affect the function of the tooth. If you need a root canal and don't undergo one, you may eventually lose your tooth.


Common signs you may benefit from a root canal

Sustained pain in a tooth is always a cause for concern. It may indicate that you have a cavity or that an infection or inflammation is present in the pulp deep inside your tooth.

Many people assume that pain must be constant or severe if you need a root canal, but that's not always true. Initially, pain may be mild and even be come-and-go. Without treatment, this pain then may become constant.

Does your pain increase when you chew or eat certain foods? If you need a root canal, your tooth will likely feel worse when you put pressure on it or when you consume sweet, hot, or cold foods and beverages.

You may also notice changes in the appearance of your tooth and gums. Teeth that need root canals often darken, with the surrounding gums becoming red and swollen.

An abscess, a serious bacterial infection, can cause severe pain, facial swelling, swollen lymph nodes, a fever, and a pimple-like bump or pus on your gum. Ignoring the signs of an abscess is dangerous, as the infection can spread throughout your body via your bloodstream if you don't receive antibiotic for this dental emergency.


Concerned? Give Us a Call!

Are you concerned about a problem tooth? Call your Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, at (434) 977-4101 to schedule an appointment.

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.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   tooth decay   cavities  

A root canal is used to preserve the health of a tooth. Find out why our Charlottesville dentist might recommend this procedure.

A root canal may be met with negative or fearful responses but this procedure really isn’t a scary as it might seem. In fact, if our root canalCharlottesville, VA dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle recommends a root canal it’s because this is the best way to treat your damaged tooth. Find out why a root canal might be necessary for preserving your oral health.

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal removes damaged or diseased tissue to preserve as much of the tooth as possible and to prevent the need for a tooth extraction in the future.

Our Charlottesville dentist will often recommend a root canal once an infection, decay or damage has reached the inside of the tooth and affected the dental pulp (which contains the nerves, blood vessels, and tissues of the tooth). If the tooth has experienced enough damage then a root canal is usually the best course of action.

What should I expect from my root canal treatment?

This procedure is always performed under local anesthesia so that you won’t experience pain or sensitivity during your root canal. Many people coming into our office for a root canal are already in a lot of pain and desperately want relief. Fortunately, a root canal will be able to provide that relief by removing the infected portions of the tooth.

Once we’ve removed the affected tissue we can start to rebuild the tooth to prevent bacteria from reentering the canals. In most cases, a dental crown will also need to be specially designed to fit over your tooth to provide additional protection and to restore the tooth back to its full functionality.

Whether you have questions about your upcoming root canal or you just need to schedule your next routine appointment, call our Charlottesville, VA dental office today.