Root canals are common procedures used to save a tooth that is decayed
or damaged. Although the procedure has a reputation for causing anxiety
in dental patients, in reality, most find it to be similar to having a
filling. If you have questions about root canals in St. Louis, talk to
your dentist about what to expect during your procedure. Here are some
of the reasons why your family dentist may recommend a root canal.
In some cases, cavities can be treated with a dental filling. However,
when the decay is deep in the tooth, a root canal may be necessary. Your
dentist will recommend a root canal if the decay has infected the pulp
of your tooth. Performing a root canal allows your dentist to remove the
decay completely, so that it doesn’t affect your jaw or neighboring
teeth. Note that the level of pain associated with your decayed tooth
is not an indication of how deep the decay is. In some cases, very deep
decay may not cause pain.
If the pulp of your tooth becomes decayed and dies, a pus pocket may form
at the end of the root. The abscess will continue to collect pus and grow,
and it may form a pimple-like bump on the gums. Left untreated, an abscess
will grow and cause an infection in the jaw bone and surrounding tissue
that could lead to tooth loss. Your dentist can clean out the bacteria
that are causing the abscess by performing a root canal.
If your tooth is hit with force, the nerve at the end of the root could
be severed. As a result, the root will die. Likewise, if a fracture occurs,
it could extend to the pulp. After a trauma, a root canal procedure with
a crown can be used to restore the tooth. In some cases, the effects of
a trauma aren’t seen until many years after an accident, when a
root canal becomes necessary.
If you are experiencing symptoms of severe tooth decay, a dentist can help
you determine if you need a root canal. At West County Dental, Dr. Spalitto
and his team are ready to provide the family dentistry services you need.
To schedule an appointment, please call (314) 821-2712.