Chaska Restoring Smiles with Root Canal Therapy

If you experience dental pain, you may need root canal therapy. Despite a negative reputation, root canal therapy is truthfully not a traumatic procedure. Dr. Meschke and Dr. Swingdorf perform this safe, conservative treatment to preserve internally damaged teeth and prevent removal of a tooth. Modern root canal therapy is a surprisingly comfortable procedure and one that can save your smile.

Why does my tooth hurt?

To know why your tooth hurts, you first need to understand how each tooth is constructed. Covering the outside of a tooth is enamel, which is the hardest material in the human body. Despite its strength, enamel can be penetrated by some of nature’s smallest living organisms—bacteria.

Underneath the enamel layer is dentin, a somewhat softer and much more sensitive component of a tooth. At the core, each tooth contains pulp, commonly called the nerve, with canals leading to the root. These canals play a crucial role in dental function – they transport nutrients to the root and carry away toxins.

When damaged by a tooth fracture, deep cavity, or other trauma, the canals become vulnerable to infection. The same bacteria that penetrate enamel to cause a cavity can migrate to the nerve where a serious infection may develop. Left untreated, this infection may cause the pulp (nerve tissue) to die. This causes pain, pressure, and – ultimately – bone, gum, and tooth loss.

Other than a toothache, recognizable signs that can indicate you have an infected tooth include:

  • Spontaneous aching
  • Swollen gum tissue around the tooth
  • A pimple-like sore on your gums near the painful tooth
  • A tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
  • Severe pain when you chew or bite down

Why do I need root canal therapy?

With root canal therapy, Dr. Meschke and Dr. Swingdorf can alleviate the pain. In addition, a root canal therapy eliminates infection in the early stage to preserve your tooth; prevents the need for implants or bridges; and helps you avoid bone loss and the need for bone grafting.

Once you are comfortably settled in the dentist’s chair, the tooth and surrounding tissue will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Then, a small opening is made into the infected tooth, so the dentist can clean out the pulp chamber and attached canals. After this step is completed, the hollow space is disinfected and a biocompatible sealer is placed. The tooth is then sealed and prepared for a crown. Dr. Meschke or Dr. Swingdorf may prescribe an oral antibiotic to ensure that the infection is completed eradicated. At the conclusion of your appointment, you’ll be able to drive and resume your normal routine.

After a couple of weeks, you’ll return to Chaska Dental Center to have the permanent crown placed over your tooth. This results in a beautifully restored tooth and renewed comfort and function.

If you have a toothache, don’t wait until the pain becomes unbearable.

Call Chaska Dental Center today to schedule your appointment with our dedicated doctors and team. We care for families from Southwest Metro Area.

I brought my daughter, 10 years old, to the clinic yesterday. Was blown away by how east to work with all of the staff. Wendy at the front desk was wonderfully warm and inviting. The hygienist we had, Erin, was wonderful with my daughter. She was very engaging. We had Dr. Swingdorf as our dentist and he was amazing. Talked to my daughter instead of to me, which I LOVE! He addressed all of our concerns and was very approachable. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding dental clinic!

I want to state how fortunate I am - and I am certain everyone else of Dr. Meschke's patients - to have such an outstanding and most capable person as Dr. Tom Meschke as our dentist. I am certain Dr. Meschke has to be one of the very best dentists in the entire state of Minnesota. He is personable with his patients, he is genuinely interested in correcting and resolving your dental issue. I know he has made a big difference in my dental health from where I started with him about 20 years ago to where I am today which is in positive dental health. There are many good dentists in Minnesota, I am certain, but I do not believe that Dr. Meshke could be ranked below any of them. He is truly the best! - Steve W.

Fantastic dental experience! The office staff have always treated me with respect and care. Dr. Swingdorf is the best dentist I've ever seen. Highly recommend! - Ross N.

Really enjoy coming in, the doctors and the entire staff are more engaged and concerned which makes the atmosphere much more friendly and less transactional. The atmosphere was only one facet that made the experience great, I went for a basic appointment but it felt tailored to my needs more so that with other dentists I've gone to. Would definitely recommend to friends and family - Christopher S.

Life changer for me! I had missing teeth and bone loss for years and Dr. Meschke came up with a plan for implants. I can chew with the right side of my mouth again for the first time in over 10 years! Our family of 9 is lucky to have him for a dentist. Professional, Innovative, Caring, & Affordable. Thanks Dr. Meschke!!! - Scott F.

Dr. Swingdorf, I wanted to thank you and Linda and the rest of Chaska Dental's staff for all your courtesy and care to make sure my dental and overall health continue to be excellent. - Camille

Thank you Dr. Swingdorf for your time and attention when I came in for my 6 month check up. I very much appreciate all you do for my and the health of my dental care. I cannot thank you enough!

The receptionists are helpful and courteous, the hygienists are patient, gentle, knowledgeable and very nice. We've been coming here for years and have no intentions on going anywhere else.

One too many kernels of Kettle Korn at the Twins game this past weekend. I called CDC first thing Monday morning and was in the chair for molar restoration within a half hour. Now that's accommodation. Thank you! Go TWINS!

As much as it is contradictory to say; You make dentist visits/work enjoyable! Thanks again and...I always refer my friends your way for a great dentist!

Tom, Thank you so much for your honesty & integrity. I had no idea of your warranty or even that this tooth had been worked on before or when. This will not go unnoticed in the community. I've already told several people of your honesty and quality of work & will continue to do so. - Luke

Dear Tom, Thank you for your care and concern for me - I appreciate your professional pride in your excellent work - even when you make a patient wait. Thank goodness you did have new caps made. I LOVE MY NEW TEETH. Best wishes to you and your family - you are special. XOXO-Susan

The dental care from Dr. Meschke and his staff is the best I've received in my adult years. They are professional, thorough, and make the experience something to look forward to (which is a hard thing to do, given that it's dental work and generally, not an enjoyable experience).
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Just a note to say a sincere Thank You for the beautiful work you did on my front tooth, the "prettiest" tooth in my mouth. Yes, Betty, my sister-in-law was informed. I'll show it off Saturday at a wedding shower!
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