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I’d rather have a Root Canal than…(fill in blank!) Root canal Treatment in Gettysburg

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 19:12 PM

 

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The dental procedure known as a root canal is often employed to save a natural tooth. Dentists commonly perform this operation as part of their general resume. Endodontists and oral surgeons are specialists who can provide root canal treatments as well. In general, root canal treatment means the removal of the pulp tissue from within a tooth and its replacements with a material to seal the hollowed our root system. Root canals become necessary in a variety of situations. Here are some reasons why your dentist could decide this procedure is the best option in your case.

  • Tooth decay can wreak havoc on a tooth. Infections due to bacteria can eat away at the enamel and delve farther if left unchecked. While early intervention with a bonded filling or a crown can often prevent the need for invasive treatment, many times an infection damages and weakens the tooth to the point that a root canal is necessary. This generally occurs when the pulp (the inner portion of the tooth) becomes inflamed or dies. If left untreated infection can form around the root. Eventually the infection can spread to the face and cause swelling and even life threatening systemic infection. A root canal can usually effectively clear the infection and save the tooth.
  • Trauma can lead to the need for a root canal. This happens when forceful impact occurs to a tooth. A blow to the mouth, a bad fall, a car accident can cause trauma to the tooth and the pulp tissue. Sometimes, even many years after the trauma, the pulp can die and become infected. Root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp can save the tooth.
  • A deep filling due to deep decay often will cause a tooth to be temperature sensitive. This is normal. Occasionally, even years later, the pulp will become inflamed or infected and require root canal treatment.

Modern root canal treatment is usually comfortable and painless. Dental IV sedation anesthesia is available for apprehensive patients.  Contrary to popular belief root canals do not cause pain, they relieve pain!

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a local Gettysburg dentist.

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Topics: Sedation dentist Gettysburg, Absessed tooth, Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal: 4 Common Myths

Posted by Peter Samuels on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

 

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When it comes to dreaded treatments at the dental office, most fearful patients rank root canals at the top of their list. Much of the fear associated with root canal therapy, however, is likely due to misconceptions. Let's consider some of the most persistent myths regarding root canal therapy:

I'll definitely know if I need a root canal. Most patients mistakenly assume that if they're not in severe pain, they certainly don't need root canal therapy. It's true that tooth pain sometimes indicates the need for a root canal, but that's not always the case. In fact, some patients who need a root canal have no pain at all because the nerve in the affected tooth has died. Yet the tooth still needs treatment, as a dead tooth in the mouth can lead to infection.

Root canals are painful. In the minds of fearful patients, root canal therapy and pain go hand in hand. In fact, it's often the fear of pain that results in anxious patients avoiding dental treatment for years at a time. Indeed, root canal therapy likely was painful in the past, before modern dental treatments were commonplace. Modern dentistry has come a long way and most patients report that root canal therapy is not painful at all. It’s more like just getting a filling.

Root canal treatment isn't a long-term fix. Some patients avoid root canal therapy, reasoning that it's just a temporary fix that will need to be addressed again down the road. However, dentists consider root canal treatment a long-term restorative solution. Of course, no dental restoration lasts forever, but if  the patient practices good oral hygiene, the benefits of root canal therapy can save a tooth for many years.

Extraction is a better choice. If the tooth is severely damaged anyway, isn't extraction a better option than restoration?  Yes, sometimes extraction of a tooth and replacement with a dental implant is an alternative.  Every situation is different and the options should be discussed with your dentist.  Extraction of a tooth without replacement can result in bone loss and shifting of the bite.  Even with the advent of alternatives such as dental implants, root canal treatment to save a tooth is still often the best alternative.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of  Maryland School of Dentistry.

GettysburgFamilyDentist.com      717-334-0555

Topics: Root Canal Treatment

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