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Root Canals

Root canal therapy may be right for you if have an infected dental pulp typically referred to as your nerve.  A dental pulp or nerve is the soft tissue located in the center of your tooth.  It contains your tooth’s blood vessels, nerves, and dental tissues.  An infected pulp can lead to:
  • A severe toothache, especially when pressure is put on the tooth
  • A persistent pimple located on the gums near or below a tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums underneath the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold objects, even after the object has been removed
  • A discolored tooth
  • In extreme cases, the death of the tooth
At Dowden Family Dentistry, we are devoted to helping you save and mantain your natural teeth whenever possible.  Unfortunately, we realize it is not always possible to avoid the eventual loss of a certain tooth.  Fortunately, in alot of cases, we are able to save your tooth by offering root canal therapy.  If root canal therapy is necessary, Dr. Dowden will carefully remove the infected pulp, clean and sanitize the area, and finally seal the space with a temporary filling until the tooth calms down.  At a following appointment, this temporary filling will be removed and replaced with an actual filling or a crown if it is needed.  Our talented team is determined to offer you and your family the most comfortable care possible, regardless of your needs.
Teeth that have been treated with a Root Canal can become weaker or brittle without the nerve and blood supply.  A crown and post are often recommended to keep the tooth from fracturing. The time frame in which the final restoration is placed can greatly influence the long-term success of a tooth's longevity.

Instructions following a Root Canal

After an appointment, don't look for trouble. It's usually best to exercise caution with a tooth that's either having endodontic therapy or has just had it completed. Until your dentist tells you otherwise, you should favor the tooth. Here are some reasons why:

  • The filling may break. - In those cases where a tooth's treatment requires more than one appointment, the temporary filling that's used to create a seal to protect your dentist's work might break or come out. If it does, saliva (and the bacteria and debris it contains) will recontaminate the interior of your tooth and your dentist will have to spend your next appointment cleaning out your tooth a second time.

  • Even in the case where a tooth's treatment has been completed, if the temporary filling that's been placed looses its seal, coronal leakage may occur. (A situation where bacteria are able to recontaminate the treated tooth's interior.)
  • The tooth may break. - Since the way their tooth feels is now back to normal, a person is often eager to make use of it again.

  • Until your dentist has had a chance to finish rebuilding your tooth, it should be considered fragile. What a disappointment it would be to spend the time, effort, and money to have root canal treatment performed, only to have the tooth irreparably break or crack before it was fully restored.
  • Foods to watch out for. - In light of the above, avoid using a root canal tooth to bite into or chew hard or crunchy foods. Notably, this might include items like raw vegetables (carrots, celery) and hard candies. But really, due to a tooth's potentially fragile state, any number of other kinds of foods might be able to cause damage too.

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