Posts for tag: Root Canal Treatment
Teeth can take a lot of force over a lifetime of biting and chewing, thanks to enamel, their outer layer made of the strongest substance in the human body. Unfortunately, they’re not invincible: it’s even possible for you to break or “fracture” a tooth while biting or chewing normally.
Although such a fracture might seem to occur out of the blue, it’s usually related to a condition known as cracked tooth syndrome. It usually occurs in three stages: in the first, miniscule cracks in the outer enamel known as craze lines develop. They’re not immediately dangerous since they only involve the enamel surface; but left untreated they could deepen and progress to the next stage, a larger crack that penetrates the tooth’s underlying dentin.
If allowed to grow, this crack in turn can lead to the third stage, a full fracture that could extend down to the root. A fracture can put the tooth in danger of loss, especially if its inner pulp becomes exposed. To avoid this worst case, it’s best to treat the tooth at the earliest stage possible when craze lines are just developing.
There is a difficulty, though, with detecting craze lines — they’re small, too small to detect normally with x-rays. We, therefore, rely on other methods such as using an instrument called an explorer to feel for cracks, having the patient bite on a stick or rubber pad to replicate pain symptoms or using fiber-optic lighting with special dye stains to highlight possible cracks. Endodontists, specialists in root canals, can use microscopic equipment that’s quite adept at detecting craze lines.
There are also some signs you can be on alert for that might indicate a craze line or crack. If you feel a short, sharp pain — a “wince” — when chewing and releasing food, you could have a crack that hasn’t yet affected the nerves. If a true fracture occurs, the pain will intensify and you may notice pieces of the tooth coming off. If the crack extends to the root, the pain will become greater and more chronic.
It’s important then that you see us for any recurring pain symptoms as soon as possible. If it’s a crack, the sooner it’s treated the better your tooth’s chances for survival.
If you would like more information on cracked tooth syndrome, 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 “Cracked Tooth Syndrome.”
A root canal from your dentist in Waterford, MI, can relieve your tooth pain
Whether it’s acute stabbing pain or chronic aching pain, toothaches can keep you up at night and torment you during the day. Fortunately, there is a solution—root canal treatment can save your smile and end your toothache. Here at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, Dr. Glen J. Marsack offers a wide range of dental services, including root canal treatment. Read on to learn more:
What root canal treatment can do for you
You may need a root canal if you experience:
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down or chew your food
- Pain that continues even after a filling or crown is done.
- A red or white bump that appears on your gums next to a tooth root
- Bleeding or drainage coming from the bump on your gums
- A tooth growing noticeably darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it
You may need a root canal because the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, becomes bruised or damaged. The pulp contains the nerves and blood supply to your tooth and when this area is damaged, the pulp becomes inflamed. Pulp inflammation causes fluid and pressure to build up inside your tooth, resulting in pain, which can be severe.
Root canal treatment begins with your dentist creating a small opening at the top of your tooth (all under anesthetic to ensure a discomfort-free procedure, of course). The inflamed pulp tissue is then removed and a sedative material is inserted inside your tooth. The sedative material eliminates infection, pressure, and pain. After your tooth pain is gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The small opening is sealed and the tooth is restored with a crown or filling.
Need dental work? Give us a call
For more information about root canal therapy and our other dental services, call Dr. Glen J. Marsack of Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, by dialing (248) 682-9331. Call today to schedule an appointment with your dentist.