If you have a tooth that hurts, it can dramatically affect your life. It can keep you from sleeping, and it may even radiate into your jaws and head. Fortunately, you can eliminate tooth pain for good; the answer is a root canal treatment! Dr. John Fay at Fay Dental Care in Green Bay, WI wants to share the facts about root canal treatment and how it can help you.
Dentists agree that in most cases, it’s best to try and keep your tooth if you can. Once you have a tooth removed, you either live without it, or choose a method of replacing it, and that can be expensive. Why not just keep the tooth if you can?
A root canal allows you to do just that. A root canal eliminates pain but keeps your tooth in place. So how do you know if a root canal will help you? There are some definite signs and symptoms you may need a root canal. You need to pay attention to:
- Increasing tooth pain after exposure to hot or cold
- Increasing tooth pain after a filling is placed in a tooth
- Pain that spreads to your jaws, face or head
- Chronic throbbing and aching pain
- Swelling and redness in your gums around the tooth root
- A red or white bump in your gums near the tooth root
- Bleeding or pus draining from your gums near the tooth root
During root canal treatment, Dr. Fay will create a small opening in the top of your infected tooth. He will place tiny instruments called files into the opening and draw out the diseased, infected tissue from inside your tooth. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth which helps eliminate inflammation and calm your tooth down. After inflammation and pain are gone, Dr. Fay will fill your tooth with a rubbery, inert material known as gutta-percha, and protect your tooth with a dental filling or dental crown.
A root canal can help you feel better, and still keep your smile complete. For more information about root canal therapy and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Fay at Fay Dental Care in Green Bay, WI today!