Root Canal Therapy
Restoring Smiles in Chaska
If you experience severe 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 regularly perform this safe, conservative treatment to preserve internally damaged teeth and save them from extraction. Modern root canal therapy is a surprisingly comfortable procedure and one that can literally save your smile.
Why Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?
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 and pulp can become vulnerable to infection. The same bacteria that penetrate the enamel to cause a cavity can eventually 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 a tooth
- A pimple-like sore on your gums near a painful tooth
- A tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
- Severe pain when you chew or bite down
What Are My Options to Reduce Pain?
Root canal therapy has developed the reputation as something to fear or dread but, thanks to state-of-the-art technology and our expert approach, we can keep you comfortable and calm throughout a root canal performed at Chaska Dental Center. To help reduce pain, we will always first numb the treatment site with local anesthesia. Additional sedation options include nitrous oxide (AKA “laughing gas”) to ease your mind and remove you from worry regarding the sights, smells, and sounds of what is going on around you. Nitrous oxide takes effect almost immediately and wears off soon after the procedure is over and the nasal mask is removed. Combine anesthesia and sedation with our team’s gentle and friendly approach and you will see how comfortable and painless getting a root canal can really be!
Root Canal Therapy Step-By-Step
With root canal therapy, Dr. Meschke and Dr. Swingdorf can alleviate this kind of pain. In addition, root canal therapy can eliminate an infection in the early stage to preserve your tooth, prevent the need for implants or bridges, and help 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 your 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 a permanent crown placed over your tooth. This will result in a beautifully restored tooth and renewed comfort and function.
If You Have a Toothache, Don’t Wait!
Call Chaska Dental Center today to schedule your appointment with our dedicated doctors and team if you are experiencing any kind of dental pain. The sooner we treat it, the easier it will be!