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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Do the words "root canal" fill you with dread? Unfortunately, root canal therapy has a bad reputation that is completely undeserved. The truth is that root canals end your pain and save your tooth. During the procedure, your Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, makes your comfort a priority.

The truth about root canals and pain

You've probably heard plenty of jokes about root canals. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are much more pleasant than jumping into a pit of rattlesnakes or free-falling from a plane without a parachute.

Back in the early 20th century when people started joking about root canals, the procedure may certainly have been painful. Limited dental anesthesia options and less sophisticated techniques may have meant an uncomfortable experience for patients.

Luckily, advances in dental technology have changed things for the better. In fact, the pain won't be a concern during your root canal procedure. You'll receive a local anesthetic that effectively numbs your mouth when you first arrive at the Oakville dental office. Your dentist won't place an instrument in your mouth until he's sure you don't feel a thing. If at any time, you begin to feel a little pain, just raise your hand to let him know.

What you can expect during a root canal

Root canals are performed when the pulp in the center of a tooth is painfully inflamed or infected. During root canal therapy, the tooth pulp is removed, eliminating the source of your pain and preserving your tooth.

A root canal probably won't seem much different than getting a filling. After making sure that your mouth is numb, your dentist will open your tooth and remove the pulp. Since pulp extends into tiny root canals that travel the length of your tooth, he'll also need to clean and shape the canals. An antibiotic will be added to the tooth to prevent infection.

Root canal therapy usually involves one to three appointments. You'll receive a temporary filling in your tooth at the end of the first appointment. Depending on how well your tooth is healing, you'll receive a rubber-based filling during your second or third appointment.

Your tooth may feel a little tender from the procedure for a few days. Over-the-counter medication or medication prescribed by your dentist will help relieve any pain you may feel. In just a week or two, your pain will be gone, and you'll realize that your root canal was much easier than you ever expected.

Root canals help you protect your teeth! Call your dentist in Oakville, MO, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, at (314) 892-2120 to schedule your appointment.

By Advanced Dental Arts
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Could your smile be trying to tell you that you need root canal treatment?root canal

Ouch! Your tooth really hurts. But what could be going on? While a toothache is a pretty big warning sign that something is wrong, our Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, is here to tell you more about the classic symptoms that might be trying to tell you that you need root canal treatment.

It’s important to note that not all symptoms are the same for everyone who needs this endodontic treatment. Symptoms can vary in type and severity, so you shouldn’t ignore any changes that might be going on with your teeth or gums.

The first most common and classic sign that those who need root canal treatment experience is dental pain. The pain is often intense and comes on quickly. The tooth may also be extremely sensitive to chewing or biting. A toothache is a dental emergency and needs to be treated by our Oakville general dentist as soon as possible to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Along with pain and sensitivity, you may also notice that the gums surrounding the tooth are tender, swollen, and red. Pus may even form around the tooth (this is known as an abscess). Pus is a telltale sign that an infection has set in.

When you give us a call let us know the symptoms you are facing so that we can determine whether this is a problem that needs to be addressed the same day or if you can wait a day or two for an appointment. We will ask you questions regarding the pain’s location, severity and onset to figure out the best course of action.

It’s also important to recognize that dental pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to undergo root canal treatment. Of course, it does mean something is going on. It might be decay or a crack in the tooth. Whatever the case might be, the minute you experience dental pain you need to come in for an immediate evaluation. The sooner we handle this problem the better it will be for your oral health.

Don’t let dental pain or other issues affect your oral health and your daily life. Our Oakville, MO, family dentist is here to provide you with the emergency dental care you need whenever you need it. Call Advanced Dental Arts anytime!

By Advanced Dental Arts
April 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful and time-consuming. However, this reputation is simply a myth. In actuality, root root canalcanals are a painless, necessary dental procedure that can help save your tooth from extraction. Your Oakville, MO dentist is here to help you bust these common root canal myths and more.

How can a root canal save my tooth? 
When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, the options are to remove the decay and preserve the tooth using a root canal or to remove the tooth entirely. While tooth extraction is effective in removing the decay, it also removes the tooth itself. This comes along with the side effects of a missing tooth: the surrounding teeth moving to compensate for the gap, bone atrophy and a misaligned bite which could make chewing difficult. A root canal keeps your tooth’s natural structure intact, avoiding these problems.

Do I need a root canal? 
The number one sign that you may need a root canal is a toothache. A painful tooth often means that the tooth’s nerve has become damaged. This can be from decay eating through the tooth into the inner pulp chamber or from trauma which exposes or damages the nerve. Your Oakville dentist can help you determine if a root canal is the best treatment for you.

What can I expect at my root canal procedure? 
The first step to a root canal procedure is administering local anesthetic to numb the entire work area. This means you should not feel any pain at all. If you do, alert your dentist so he or she can remedy the problem. Your dentist makes a small access hole in the top of the tooth. The decayed or damaged pulp and nerve are removed from the tooth using special tools. After cleaning and sterilizing the inside of the tooth, a filling material fills the tooth to preserve its natural structure and prevent further decay. Most root canals require a dental crown to protect the tooth. Since a dental laboratory needs time to fabricate the crown, your dentist usually affixes the crown to your tooth at a second appointment.

How can I avoid needing a root canal in the future? 
Most root canals are required due to heavy decay damaging the tooth’s inner pulp and nerve. A strong at-home oral care routine is the easiest way to prevent tooth decay. Brush twice a day, splitting your mouth into quadrants and brushing each one for 30 seconds. Make sure to switch your toothbrush for a new one when it starts showing signs of wear. Floss at least once a day using fresh floss for each quadrant of your mouth. See your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO. Call (314) 892 -2120 to schedule your appointment for a root canal today!