Too many people see a dentist’s office as a painful and scary place. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we dispel that image with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them are going to get tense.
It doesn’t need to be that way. Patients need to get a root canal because of an infected tooth. That tooth is usually giving them pain, sometimes a lot of pain. A root canal is performed to relieve it, and to save the tooth. The procedure itself is painless.
It’s called a “root canal” because we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.
Most root canals are successful, and result in the infected tooth being saved. The only alternative is to have the tooth extracted – so as worrisome as it might be to hear you need a root canal, the alternative is worse.
Your maxillary sinuses are very close to your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that area, the location can be hard to pinpoint. It could be an abscessed tooth needing a root canal.
Swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also occur. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.
An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most common type of oral abscess initiates in the pulp of the tooth and is typically caused by cavities. When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually bring about pain.
An abscess can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. If it’s caught in time, it can be treated with a root canal. A root canal involves removing bacteria from the empty canals in the tooth. Then it is cleaned, filled, and sealed. After a little time passes and we’re sure the root canal was successful, we’ll place a dental crown or some other restoration on top of the tooth.
You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both troubles—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.
If you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, don’t put it off. Call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant and schedule an appointment. We’ll determine the cause of your paint and take the appropriate steps. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.
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Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Florissant furniture store? All right: no surprise there. Dental chairs are made for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. They’re just what the dentist ordered for CEREC same-day crowns, one of our specialties at Koch Park Dental.
Our patients have been lying back in Koch Park Dental seats since 1987. The cushioned comfort has pampered our patients, while allowing us to perform procedures like cosmetic dentistry and root canals.
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, also known as CERamic REConstruction, which is a lot easier to say (and remember). It is state-of-the-art dentistry. Instead of having to wait weeks or even months, CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns allow us to create and insert your crowns in just one appointment.
Computer Designed Crown
Even more impressive than the speed and quality of CEREC Same Day Crowns is that they cost about the same as traditional crowns made in a lab. Unlike those traditional crowns, your mouth is digitally scanned and the new crown is made by a computer.
You don’t even have to leave one of our comfy dental chairs; just sit back and wait while your new crowns are completed.
What sets Koch Park Dental apart is our personal service, professionalism, experience and competitive pricing.
Call our Florissant office today to find out if CEREC Same Day Crowns are right for you. We also provide general dentistry.
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Hello Missouri, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist – speak). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, and St. Charles areas know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.
At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to
An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.
When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in St. Louis or Florissant performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned, and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
Hi. I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant. I hope that today’s St. Louis dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 314-837-7744.
At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we offer:
Chesterfield Office: 14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, MO 63017
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013
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