Posts for tag: Root Canal
Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.
After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.
More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.
Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.
Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.
Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.
A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.
Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.
If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?”
Just a century ago, it wasn't unusual for many people to have a few missing teeth due to dental issues. Today, root canals are routinely used to save teeth that are infected or inflamed. Read below to learn how Dr. E. Richard Zbaraschuk, your dentist in Sequim, WA, can help protect your smile with a tooth-saving root canal!
What is root canal therapy?
Root canals are needed if the pulp at the center of your tooth has become infected or inflamed. During a root canal, this diseased pulp is removed once your mouth has been numbed with a local anesthetic. Once the pulp has been removed, the interior of the tooth and the root canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Following this process, your Sequim dentist will put a temporary filling in the tooth for a week or two to allow it to drain. During your next appointment, he'll remove the temporary filling and replace it with a permanent one. He may also recommend a crown to protect your tooth from cracking or breaking.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
Although a visit to the dentist is the only way to tell for sure if you need a root canal, you may experience a few signs or symptoms that may indicate that you have an infection or inflammation. For instance, your tooth may be painful, although the pain may not be strong or constant at first. Pain tends to increase when you consume sugary, hot, or cold beverages and foods.
You may also notice that your tooth has darkened or that the gum around the problem tooth is red, swollen, and sore. If you have a serious tooth infection (i.e. an abscess), you may soon begin to feel ill. Abscesses can cause severe pain in the jaw and ear, swollen lymph nodes, and fever.
A small bump on your gum or pus around your tooth may also be signs of an abscess. Abscesses are dental emergencies that require immediate treatment to prevent the infection from spreading throughout your body.
Root canals may also be needed if your tooth was injured, loosened or knocked out then reimplanted.
Need treatment? Give us a call!
Root canals protect your smile! Call Zbaraschuk Dental Care in Sequim, WA, at (360) 683-3626 to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these signs and symptoms.
The term “root canal” is a part of our social lexicon, and not always with a positive meaning. But contrary to its negative reputation, a root canal treatment can make all the difference in your dental health.
Here are 3 things you may not know about this important procedure.
A root canal treatment is a “tooth” saver. Decay deep inside the tooth pulp puts the entire tooth at risk. The infection not only destroys nerves and tissue in the pulp, it has a direct path to the root through tiny passageways known as root canals. By cleaning out this infected tissue, then filling the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling, the procedure stops the disease from further harm and seals the tooth from future infection. Without it, it’s highly likely the tooth will be lost and other teeth threatened by the infection.
A root canal doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The biggest misconception about root canal treatments is their supposed painfulness. That’s just not true, thanks to anesthetic techniques that numb the teeth and gums — and any discomfort afterward is quite manageable with mild anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. The procedure actually stops the real pain, caused by the infection damaging and finally killing the tooth’s nerves, when it stops the infection.
Root canal treatments are even more effective thanks to recent advancements. Not all infected tooth situations are the same: some teeth have smaller offset passageways called accessory canals that grow off a larger root canal that can be quite difficult to detect and access. Missing them can leave the door open for re-infection. In recent years, though, endodontists, specialists in root canal disorders, have improved the way we address these complications using advanced technologies like specialized microscopic equipment and new filling techniques. The result: a lower risk of re-infection and a higher chance of long-term success.
Hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy good dental health and won’t need a root canal treatment. But if you do, rest assured it won’t be the unpleasant experience you might have thought — and will be a welcomed solution to pain and threatening tooth loss.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”
Are you wondering what your nagging toothache is trying to tell you?
While it isn’t always possible to be able to tell exactly what dental procedure or restorative treatment you’ll need, that’s one job that you can leave to our Sequim, WA dentist, Dr. Richard Zbaraschuk. Sure, we know the idea of getting a root canal doesn’t sound like a day at the beach, but it’s an easy and common procedure that could just end up saving your tooth.
What is a root canal?
While you may only think of the hard outer layers of enamel when you think of a tooth, a tooth has so many more components. Under all those hard outer layers lies a structure known as the dental pulp.
The pulp is necessary for the development of a tooth; however, once the tooth has fully matured the pulp is no longer a vital structure to the health of the tooth. The pulp consists of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed the only option is to have it removed. During a root canal, our Sequim general dentist will not only remove the pulp but also clean out the inside of the tooth to remove pus, bacteria or debris before filling the root canals to prevent reinfection.
What are the signs that a root canal may help me?
While everyone experiences different symptoms and levels of intensity, the most common sign that you may need a root canal is dental pain. The toothache you experience may be mild or severe. It may ache, throb or feel like a stabbing pain. It may be persistent and keep you up at night or it might only be a minor nuisance. Either way, the minute you notice a toothache it’s time to get a dental evaluation. This is considered a dental emergency.
Other signs that a root canal may be on the horizon include:
Sensitivity to hot or cold in the affected tooth
Swollen or sore gums surrounding the tooth
The formation of an abscess (a pimple-like bump) on the gums near the tooth
If there are any changes in your smile or suspicious signs that there might be a problem it’s a good idea to call Zbaraschuk Dental Care, PS in Sequim, WA right away. Let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we will determine whether you need to come into our office immediately. Don’t put this call off.
You know something is wrong with your tooth, but what? It's super-sensitive to hot and cold foods, and when you bite down, you feel some vague pain. Dr. E. Richard Zbaraschuk offers premiere dentistry in Sequim, WA for your optimal wellness. He'll uncover the problem with your tooth. In fact, he offers a wide range of restorative dental treatments, including comfortable root canal therapy.
Signs you may need root canal therapy
Root canal therapy has helped literally generations of dental patients retain teeth compromised by infection, deep decay, multiple fillings or oral injury. The aim of this comfortable, two-appointment service is to remove the soft pulp from within the tooth, fill and crown it, and save it from extraction.
What tells Dr. Zbaraschuk you need root canal therapy? X-rays give a good picture of tooth structure above and below the gum line, showing any cracks, abscesses (infection) or bone deterioration. Additionally, the dentist visually inspects your tooth, looking for darkly colored enamel, redness or swelling at the gum line, drainage and tell-tale bad breath.
Other symptoms indicate the need for root canal therapy, too. If you have a swollen jaw, a throbbing toothache and dental sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure and the pain persists, you likely have problems deep within your tooth structure.
The root canal process
If you need this Sequim restorative dentistry treatment to attain oral wellness, Dr. Zbaraschuk first will inject the area around your tooth to numb it so you are comfortable. Then, he'll use a high speed drill to create a small hole in your tooth, accessing the first of up to four root canals. (In general, molars have three or four canals and front teeth, one or two).
Using small metal files of ascending size, he will clean the canal, removing the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue which make up the pulp. He'll also disinfect the chambers, adding gutta-percha putty to seal and support them. Finally, he places a temporary filling.
At the next appointment, Dr. Zbaraschuk removes the temporary restoration. He covers the tooth with a realistic porcelain crown to support and protect the tooth. While this crown may need replacement in 10 years or so (as many crowns do), the tooth itself should endure for decades--even for the rest of your life, says the American Association of Endodontists.
Are you concerned?
If your tooth exhibits any of the symptoms outlined here, or if your instincts tell you something is wrong, contact Zbaraschuk Dental Care in Sequim, WA. We're here to help and guarantee you accurate, respectful and comfortable care. Call (360) 683-3626 for an appointment.