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By Kenneth Krause, DMD
November 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Could your toothache be trying to tell you that you require root canal therapy?root canal

What is a root canal? Why is my tooth hurting so much? Do I need to visit a dentist if I’m dealing with a toothache? These are just some of the most frequent questions our Westfield, IN, dentists Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause hear. Find out more about root canal treatment, why it’s performed and when dental problems may be trying to tell you that you need to seek care.

What is a root canal?

This endodontic procedure is performed when a tooth’s dental pulp is damaged or infected. The dental pulp lies inside the tooth underneath the hard enamel and dentin layers. The pulp consists of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. While this structure is important for the development of the tooth, once the tooth has fully matured the dental pulp is no longer necessary for the tooth to remain healthy and strong.

Of course, if decay, direct trauma or an infection sets in and isn’t caught right away it can continue to spread until it reaches the dental pulp. As a result, the dental pulp becomes infected or inflamed. Once this happens the only option is to have the pulp removed in order to preserve the rest of the tooth.

Besides removing the pulp, our Westfield, IN, general dentists will also disinfect the inside of the tooth to remove any bacteria or pus that is present. Furthermore, we will also fill the root canals with a special material to prevent an infection from occurring in the future.

What are the symptoms of a damaged dental pulp?

If you are experiencing any of these issues it’s time to schedule a visit with us right away, as you could require root canal treatment:

  • A toothache
  • Pain that gets worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity (to hot or cold temperature)
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gums around the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums (known as an abscess)

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

Once the dental pulp is inflamed or infected it needs to be removed to prevent bacteria from growing within the tooth. The sooner we treat the tooth the better. If you don’t seek care, this infection can lead to bone and tooth loss.

Don’t let dental problems get the better of your smile. Here at Krause Dental in Westfield, IN, we pride ourselves on providing expert and immediate dental care when you need it most. Call us right away if you are experiencing any dental symptoms.

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

The term “root canal” is a part of our social lexicon, and not always with a positive meaning. But contrary to its negative reputation, a root canal treatment can make all the difference in your dental health.

Here are 3 things you may not know about this important procedure.

A root canal treatment is a “tooth” saver. Decay deep inside the tooth pulp puts the entire tooth at risk. The infection not only destroys nerves and tissue in the pulp, it has a direct path to the root through tiny passageways known as root canals. By cleaning out this infected tissue, then filling the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling, the procedure stops the disease from further harm and seals the tooth from future infection. Without it, it’s highly likely the tooth will be lost and other teeth threatened by the infection.

A root canal doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The biggest misconception about root canal treatments is their supposed painfulness. That’s just not true, thanks to anesthetic techniques that numb the teeth and gums — and any discomfort afterward is quite manageable with mild anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. The procedure actually stops the real pain, caused by the infection damaging and finally killing the tooth’s nerves, when it stops the infection.

Root canal treatments are even more effective thanks to recent advancements. Not all infected tooth situations are the same: some teeth have smaller offset passageways called accessory canals that grow off a larger root canal that can be quite difficult to detect and access. Missing them can leave the door open for re-infection. In recent years, though, endodontists, specialists in root canal disorders, have improved the way we address these complications using advanced technologies like specialized microscopic equipment and new filling techniques. The result: a lower risk of re-infection and a higher chance of long-term success.

Hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy good dental health and won’t need a root canal treatment. But if you do, rest assured it won’t be the unpleasant experience you might have thought — and will be a welcomed solution to pain and threatening tooth loss.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”