Greetings Fairfield! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Andrew Dine, DDS, Inc. We hope the holiday season is treating well, and you’re enjoying our winter weather. But there’s one thing that can put a damper on any sort of holiday celebration: an infected tooth.
Infected teeth can make it difficult to eat all of your favorite food. Infected teeth can also cause painful toothaches that keep you up at night. At the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH, we’ve helped countless patients with infected teeth.
It’s certainly not the right time of year to be grumpy because a toothache is keeping you from resting, so come to our office for realistic dental solutions for your oral health. We offer root canal therapy to relieve the pain of an infected tooth, and restore the chewing ability of your teeth.
In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at the benefits of root canal therapy. We’ll also discuss when you need a root canal vs. when you need to have a tooth extracted. So if you’re looking for a dentist for a root canal, read on to find out more about this important procedure.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is performed at the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, Inc. in Fairfield, OH, with one goal: to save your tooth! Root canal therapy is performed after a tooth has become infected by bacteria.
When plaque and dental tartar build-up on your teeth, they can do more than just cause cavities. As bacteria erodes the enamel (outer layer) of your teeth, it can reach the inner chamber of your tooth. This soft material is your dental pulp; dental pulp contains blood vessels which keep your tooth alive and nerves. When a tooth becomes infected, it can trigger extreme pain in the inner nerves of your teeth.
When a tooth is infected, it will cause you a great deal of discomfort. But that’s not the only risk caused by an infected tooth. Infections can eventually kill the tooth, necessitating its removal from your mouth. Untreated infections are also prone to spreading and destroying bone and other teeth. Root canal therapy can completely restore your tooth to health.
Despite some common misconceptions, root canal therapy is not very painful if it is performed by a skilled dentist. When you’re searching for a dentist for a root canal, it’s important to consider what methods that dentist has available to prevent discomfort. At the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, Inc. we offer laughing gas to relax our patients and use DentalVibe technology to prevent any discomfort from injections.
Root canals therapy is a common and straightforward procedure performed because it is the most effective way to end an infection. Most patients tell us afterwards that their root canal therapy caused no more discomfort than having a cavity filled.
Root Canal vs Extraction
If a tooth is severely infected it may have to be extracted. However, extractions are a last resort for decayed or damaged teeth. It’s always healthier to save an infected tooth, because removing a tooth can make it difficult to chew and increase your risk for other oral health problems. Often times root canal therapy can prevent the need for an extraction. At the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, Inc. in Fairfield, OH, we will evaluate your oral health and discuss your options for root canal therapy or an extraction.
When Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is performed on infected teeth. A dental exam is needed to tell is your tooth is infected, but their are a number of symptoms which suggest the presence of an infection. If you suffer from a severe or recurring toothache, experience pain or discomfort when you chew or bite, have frequent bad breath, or notice a discolored tooth , you should schedule an appointment at our Fairfield office right away.
Make An Appointment
If you think you have an infected tooth, it’s essential to schedule an appointment at our comfortable and modern office as soon as possible. We will evaluate the health of your tooth using x-rays if necessary. During a root canal, we’ll remove the decay and infection from your tooth and then restore your tooth with a crown.
Contact the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, Inc. if you suspect you may need root canal therapy. You can each our office by calling [tel].