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What your dentists in Lexington, Kentucky want you to know
Do you have a tooth that throbs every time you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages? If so, you may need a root canal. The tricky thing is you won’t always know if you need a root canal. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Your dentists at Dental Wellness of Lexington, in Lexington, Kentucky Dr. Anthony Feck, Dr. Maxie Combs, and Dr. Carol Wilson want to share some of the signs you may need a root canal.
There are some definite symptoms which could point to the need for a root canal, including:
- Increasing pain from hot or cold foods or drinks
- Increasing pain after dental treatment like fillings or crowns
- Pain when you bite down or chew foods
- Radiating pain that moves into your face, jaws, or head
You may not feel any pain, but you may notice some of these signs which may indicate the need for a root canal. You need to pay attention to:
- A tooth that looks darker compared to the teeth next to it
- A white or red bump that appears next to a tooth root
- Drainage, bleeding, or pus that comes out near a tooth root
You may need a root canal because of deep dental decay, dental trauma from an accident or injury, or just natural causes. The truth is only your dentist can tell for sure if you need a root canal. By taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing, your dentist will determine the best course of action to eliminate pain and preserve your beautiful smile.
For more detailed information about root canal therapy, please visit the Endodontics page on the Dental Wellness of Lexington website at http://www.lexingtondental.com/library/7780/Endodontics.html
If you think you might need a root canal, don’t wait. Spare yourself from tooth pain by calling your dentists at Dental Wellness of Lexington, in Lexington, Kentucky. They are experts at keeping your smile healthy, so call today!
When decay spreads to the tooth’s inner pulp, a root canal treatment may be necessary to save it. It’s a common procedure: after removing all tissue from the pulp, the pulp chamber and root canals are filled with a special filling. The tooth is then sealed and a crown installed to protect the tooth from re-infection and/or fracture, possibly extending the tooth’s life for many years.
Sometimes, however, the tooth doesn’t respond and heal as expected: the number, size and shape of the patient’s root canals may have complicated the procedure; there may have been a delay before installing the final crown or restoration or the restoration didn’t seal the tooth as it should have, both occurrences giving rise to re-infection. It’s also possible for a second, separate occurrence of decay or injury to the tooth or crown to undo the effects of successful treatment.
It may be necessary in these cases to conduct a second root canal treatment, one that may be more complicated or challenging than the first one. For one thing, if the tooth has been covered by a crown or other restorative materials, these will most likely need to be removed beforehand. In cases where the root canal network and anatomy are challenging, it may require the expertise of an endodontist, a dental specialist in root canal treatments. Using advanced techniques with microscopic equipment, an endodontist can locate and fill unusually narrow or blocked root canals.
Because of these and other possible complications, a root canal retreatment may be more costly than a first-time procedure. Additionally, if you have dental insurance, your particular benefit package may or may not cover the full cost or impose limitations on repeated procedures within a certain length of time. The alternative to retreatment, though, is the removal of the tooth and replacement with a dental implant, bridge or partial denture with their own set of costs and considerations.
The complications and costs of a repeated procedure, though, may be well worth it, if it results in a longer life for the tooth. Preserving your natural tooth is in most cases the most desired outcome for maintaining a healthy mouth.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment.”