Root Canal Milwaukee, WI
What is a root canal?
There are many misconceptions about root canals and patients in Milwaukee, WI have it wrong that root canals are procedures that can be excruciatingly painful which is why patients put off having them until the time that their dental condition has worsened. A root canal procedure is effective in repairing and saving a tooth from extraction when it becomes infected due to deep decay, repeated dental treatments, cracks or chips, large tooth fillings, or trauma. The treatment involves removing the infected nerve and tooth pulp and sealing off the tooth to prevent any further damage.
The pulp of the tooth contains the nerves within the root canal. These nerves are responsible for giving you a hot or cold sensation and the absence of this will not affect the normal function of your teeth once you get a root canal. It is important for patients to have this procedure done as soon as the dentist recommends it because if left untreated, the tissue surrounding the tooth may for an abscess and it may no longer be possible to save the tooth. An abscess is a pocket that is filled with pus that may extend up to the roots of the tooth. This may cause swelling in areas of the face, bone loss around the tooth root, as well as drainage problems which manifests as holes through the side of the tooth into the gums or the cheeks.
When is Root Canal Needed?
It is difficult to identify right away that you have an infected tooth pulp unless you make a habit of going to the dentist for regular check-ups. Many mistake an infected tooth pulp for a tooth ache that will not go away and seek help from their dentist when the condition has already worsened. One telltale sign that you may need a root canal is experiencing a chronic tooth ache that becomes worse when you chew or apply pressure to the affected tooth. You may also feel a sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Upon inspection you may notice that the affected tooth has become discolored, swelling or tenderness of the gums near the infected tooth, and appearance of persistent pimples on the gums. If you experience any of these, make sure to schedule a visit with our team in Milwaukee, WI to confirm if you will require a root canal procedure.
What is the Root Canal Procedure?
Root canal procedures would require a patient to come in several times before the entire procedure is completed. As with any dental treatment, it is necessary for patients to get some dental tests like a dental x-ray to help your dentist determine the extent of the infection and for the team to come up with a treatment plan that will best suit your condition.
Before starting the root canal procedure, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the affected area. A rubber dam will also be placed to drain out the patient’s saliva to keep the area dry. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your dentist will drill a hole into the tooth. This will be used to access the tooth pulp using dental files. Your dentist will clean out the entire cavity of the tooth, removing the pulp, the decayed nerve tissues and any debris. The full length of the tooth cavity will be cleaned making sure that no traces of the infected pulp is left to avoid further damage to the tooth.
The tooth cavity will be flushed with water or sodium hypochlorite to flush away any remaining debris. The tooth will then be sealed after it has been thoroughly cleaned. Your dentist may also opt to apply medication inside the tooth cavity to keep it sterile.
Your next appointment will involve filling in the tooth using a rubber compound and a sealer paste. This will be used to fill the inside of the tooth and the exterior hole will be sealed off by a dental filling.
The last step will be to restore the normal appearance of the tooth and to reinforce the weakened tooth structure. Your dentist may recommend the use of a dental crown and other dental restorations to protect the tooth which has become prone to damage and breaking due to the infection.
What Should I Expect After My Root Canal?
After the root canal procedure, patients can expect their teeth to be sore for about 2-3 more days and will start to go down after that.
Risks of Root Canal
As with any dental treatment, a root canal can have some complications even if your dentist has done a great job clearing the infected tooth of the infection. It is possible that the bacteria from the infected tooth can get carried onto the surrounding areas of the teeth through your gum’s blood supply system. If you feel any unusual pain after the root canal procedure, be sure to go back to your dentist. Often this type of condition can be managed by antibiotics and pain killers.
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