Root Canals

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If you are experiencing pain when you eat or drink, it can be incredibly disruptive and difficult to deal with. Thankfully, a root canal can often be a solution, and today’s technology can make root canal therapy simpler than ever. Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS provide this treatment for our Cincinnati patients.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure which eliminates bacteria from an infected root canal, which prevents further or future infection and can save the natural tooth. This infection can be painful and must be addressed to maintain the health of the teeth.

What is a Root Canal Procedure Like?

Inside of the teeth, below the hard enamel and dentin that compose the outer layers, there is soft tissue known as pulp, which contains the nerves and blood supply of the tooth. A root canal occurs when there is an abscess, allowing bacteria to enter and infect the pulp, resulting in pain and inflammation as well as damage to the tooth.  An abscess can develop as a result of bacteria entering this area due to a deep cavity or chronic irritation to the nerve.  The severe pain and inflammation that can result from an irreversibly irritated or infected tooth can often be solved by root canal therapy, many times in a single visit.  Often, an antibiotic be used prior to or after the procedure. During root canal treatment, this infected tissue is removed. When this is complete, the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed. Fully developed teeth can survive without the internal nerve because they continue to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. Modern root canal techniques are simple, and the procedure is similar overall to a filling.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Patients who have infected pulp within the teeth might require a root canal. Some signs you may need a root canal include pain in the teeth, especially while chewing or biting. You may also notice a blister or swelling adjacent to the tooth, gum tenderness, severe hot or cold sensitivity, spontaneous and lingering ache, deep decay, or fractured tooth. If you notice any of these signs, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Schedule an Appointment

If you believe you may need a root canal, schedule an appointment with Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates DDS in our Cincinnati, OH office. Call (513) 631-6600 or request your appointment online.