Posts for tag: Root Canals

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
November 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   Root Canals  

Dentists perform over 15 million root canals every year because it is an effective way to preserve your original teeth. Many patients lose root canalteeth or have to have them extracted because they put off this important treatment for too long. Find out if you need a root canal treatment and what this therapy entails before you visit Dr. Michael Scheske at his Union, MO dentist office.

What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that allows your dentist to remove decay from the inside of a tooth. Without treatment, a decayed tooth will eventually degrade to the point where it has to be extracted. When a tooth is removed, it leaves your mouth vulnerable to a number of additional dental problems, such as gum disease and loss of bone tissue. So before an extraction is necessary, it's best to see your Union dentist to see if root canal treatment can help you.

When Do You Need One?
Most cavities can be cleaned up with a dental filling. But when tooth decay grows deep into the pulp of the tooth and starts to affect the nerves, a root canal may be needed. Here are a few signs that you may need one:

  • intense, throbbing pain that doesn't go away
  • severe hot or cold sensitivity that lingers
  • the tooth feels as if it might come loose
  • pimples forming on the gums near the affected tooth

What Your Appointment Will Be Like
After drilling into the decayed tooth, it will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. The tooth is then filled with a substance that will keep it free from bacteria. In most cases, the process can be completed in one visit. The last step is to come back to the dentist to have a permanent crown placed over the tooth. 

The Earlier You See a Dentist, the Better
The process of fixing a decayed tooth with root canal treatment is easier the earlier you see your dentist for an exam. Call (636) 583-8100 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scheske at his Union, MO office.

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!

By Office of Michael C. Scheske, DDS, PC
May 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals  

Root CanalsOf all of the dental procedures Michael C. Scheske, DDS, PC offers, root canal treatment is one of the most feared. For some reason, many Union residents believe that root canals are very painful. Thankfully, this could not be any further from the truth. Root canals don't cause pain - they take it away.

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure Union residents need when their teeth are infected or decayed on the inside, around the tooth root. This can happen as the result of a tooth chip or crack, deep decay or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of an infected or inflamed tooth can include pain, swelling, sensitivity, discoloration and drainage, but not all infected teeth present symptoms at all.

When Dr. Scheske performs a root canal treatment on a Union resident, the goal of the treatment is to clean out the infection, reduce the inflammation and take away the pain - not cause it. The treatment also fills the tooth to reduce the chances of developing further infection or inflammation in the future.

Thanks to modern anesthesia, having a root canal done should not be any more painful than having a filling placed. Many Union residents are actually surprised to find out how painless root canal treatment actually is. It really isn't painful or uncomfortable.

While some pain and sensitivity after the treatment are normal, these symptoms can usually be treated pretty easily with an over-the-counter pain medication. Plus, they generally subside pretty quickly, unlike the symptoms of an inflamed or infected tooth.

If your Union dentist recommends root canal treatment, there is no need to worry. The procedure isn't complicated, dangerous or painful. Instead, it is simply a routine procedure that dentists such as Dr. Scheske perform all of the time, and it is a procedure that will make you feel better, not worse.

Do you have one or more teeth that need a root canal? If so, call Dr. Scheske to set up an appointment today. You'll be glad you did.