By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
February 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root canals offer an excellent way to treat infected teeth and prevent tooth loss. Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC, who offers root canal root canalstreatment in Union, MO, explains why you might need a root canal and how this important treatment can help you.

Why do I need a root canal?

You may need a root canal if there is an infection or inflammation in the pulp at the center of a tooth. Inflammation and infection can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Cracks or chip in the teeth
  • A broken tooth
  • Frequent dental work on a tooth
  • A large, deep cavity
  • Trauma

What symptoms may indicate that I need a root canal?

As you can imagine, inflammation and infection can cause significant pain, much more than is common with a cavity. You might notice this pain when you use the tooth to bite or chew, or it can occur during or after you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. In some cases, the pain may be constant. Your gums might feel sore near the tooth, and you may see a small bump or pimple on the gum.

Why should I save the tooth?

Removing the tooth might seem like the simplest option when you have these symptoms, but extracting a tooth can cause several problems. Missing teeth can change your bite and make it more difficult to chew food. Your tooth not only helps you bite and chew, but also keeps your jawbone strong by constantly stimulating the bone. A missing tooth may also have a negative effect on surrounding teeth, which will try to fill the space in your mouth. Unfortunately, this will cause your remaining teeth to become crooked as they shift.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, your Union dentist makes an opening in your tooth, removes the infected pulp, then cleans and shapes the root canals that run through the tooth. One or more rods may be placed in the tooth to provide added support. Dentists typically use gutta percha, a durable, latex-based material, to seal the tooth before adding a filling and a crown.

If you're concerned about a problem tooth, call Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC, at (636) 583-8100. In addition to root canal treatment, Dr Scheske also offers a variety of general and cosmetic dentistry services in his Union, MO, office. Call today and get the relief you need!