Our teeth should not hurt or be super sensitive. In fact, these symptoms indicate something is wrong in the interior of a tooth. What can you do? Do you have extract an ailing tooth? Dr. John Grinaldi performs comfortable root canal therapy in North Dallas. It heals infection and saves a tooth for years of additional use to the patient. Could it be right for you?
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a simple restorative dental treatment which removes the soft innervated pulp from the one to four interior tooth chambers. This pulp plays an important developmental function, but as the patient matures, the pulp is no longer necessary. Dr. John Grinaldi, dentist in North Dallas, uses root canal therapy to restore normal tooth function and appearance, relieving pain and infection. Also called endodontic therapy, the root canal takes just two dental appointments, is very straightforward and succeeds most of the time, says the American Association of Endodontists.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
In general, if your tooth hurts, something is wrong. Symptoms of hot and cold sensitivity, throbbing pain, redness or a pimple on the gums, bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth usually mean infection resulting from deep dental decay. A failing restoration or oral injury and fracture can produce similar symptoms. Root canal therapy removes the infected connective tissue, nerves and blood supply within the tooth and cures inflammation and infection.
While most infected teeth exhibit noticeable symptoms, some show very mild signs or occasionally, nothing at all. That’s why routine exams and cleanings with Dr. Grinaldi remain your best protection serious dental issues.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
To start off, Dr. Grinaldi visually inspects the painful tooth and takes digital X-rays to determine if root canal therapy could restore full health and function. If so, he uses a simple pain shot to numb the area and places a protective rubber dam around to tooth to prevent the spread of bacteria within the mouth.
Next, the dentist drills a hole into the first root canal and using a series of tiny dental files, he removes the pulp and smooths the interior walls of the canal. He rinses the area and instills antibiotics. Using a natural elastic filler, gutta-percha, Dr. Grimaldi seals the canal. He proceeds to the other chambers as needed, finishing the treatment with a temporary filling.
At home, the root canal patient takes over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for mild discomfort and eats a soft diet for a day or two. He or she returns to the office in a week to 10 days to receive a customized porcelain crown to beautify, support and protect the tooth.
What Are The Long-Term Benefits?
Root canal therapy relieves pain and infection, is relatively quick and comfortable and preserves ailing teeth for many years of service. Patients care for their restored teeth with twice a day brushing, daily flossing and semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Grinaldi.
Are You Concerned About A Tooth?
Don’t wait. Please contact Dr. John Grinaldi and his team for a restorative dentistry consultation. Root canal therapy saves teeth and relieves pain and infection.