How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Smile
By Blome Family Dental
January 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How a root canal from your dentists in Lincoln, Nebraska can help you.

If you are suffering from tooth pain, you may be wondering if it will ever end. The truth is, root canal treatment can completely eliminate tooth pain and still let you keep your tooth. In other words, root canal treatment can save your smile. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska offer root canal therapy that can help you get relief from tooth pain.

You may need a root canal because of damage from dental trauma, an injury to your face or jaws, deep dental decay, or chronic trauma from grinding or clenching. Your tooth has several layers including enamel, dentin, and the pulp chamber, where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. Once the pulp becomes damaged or bruised, inflammation, fluid, and pressure build up inside your tooth, causing pain which can be severe.

When the pulp is damaged, you may experience both painful and non-painful signs and symptoms like these:

  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down or chew
  • Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Pain that radiates into other areas of your face, jaws, or head
  • A red or white bump on your gums appearing next to a tooth root
  • Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth growing noticeably darker or grayer compared to the teeth around it

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to visit your dentist for x-rays and a dental examination. Your dentist may also test the tooth for vitality and temperature sensitivity, two important indicators of whether you need a root canal.

If you do need a root canal, a small opening will be made in the top of your tooth and the damaged pulp tissue will be drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and left there for a few days to a couple of weeks. After the tooth has calmed down, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material which is permanently left inside your tooth. The tooth is sealed up with a permanent filling or protected with a dental crown, and your root canal is complete.

To find out more about root canal therapy and how it can relieve pain and save your smile, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska today.

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