Toothache pain, sensitivity, changes in tooth structure, and drainage are all signs that something is going wrong with your tooth. At Glover Dental Group in Orlando, FL, Dr. William Glover performs root canal therapy to save a tooth that exhibits such concerning symptoms. Pain-free and very effective, root canal therapy can spare a tooth and allow it to live on for many more years.
What is root canal therapy?
Dentists have performed root canal therapy for generations, and in just two appointments at Glover Dental Group in Orlando, Fl, you could undergo this tried and true treatment as well.
The objective of the procedure is to remove the tooth's damaged interior pulp. Soft, innervated, and highly vascularized, tooth pulp is susceptible to infection, inflammation, and injury from incidents such as physical trauma or decay
To accomplish the procedure, Dr. Glover first looks at the tooth and X-rays it to determine its viability. Then, he applies the numbing medication, surrounds the tooth with a protective dam, and creates the first of up to four access holes.
These access holes then allow your dentist to remove the diseased pulp, shape the canals, and instill anti-microbial medication. He accomplishes this "clean out" with tiny metal files or electric tools as needed before sealing the chambers with inert and rubbery gutta-percha. After the procedure, a temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals after which Dr. Glover replaces it with a permanent porcelain crown.
Do you need a root canal?
Typical symptoms of a failing tooth include:
- Throbbing pain (this is the number one symptom, according to the American Association of Endodontists, or AAE)
- Jaw and gum swelling
- Drainage from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath
- Enamel discoloration
- Severe and lasting dental sensitivity to temperature, pressure, or sugar
Will the tooth last?
The AAE says that the vast majority of root canal treatments succeed and that the teeth last indefinitely. Long-term care of the tooth is simple—just brush twice a day and floss daily, while also seeing Dr. Glover semi-annually for examinations and prophylactic cleaning. By following these steps, you'll enjoy retaining your tooth and avoiding the gap and bone deterioration which results from dental extraction—after all, there's nothing quite like a natural tooth.
If you have a symptomatic tooth, don't delay! Contact Glover Dental Group's Orlando office at (407) 567-0941.