Posts for tag: root canal

By Wilmington Dental Associates
July 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Are you in a panic because you might need a root canal? If you go to Wilmington Dental Associates, you can rest assured this family dental practice performs the best restorative treatments in the Wilmington, DE, area. Dr. John Lenz, Dr. Michael Lenz, and Dr. Anthony Vattilana relieve serious dental symptoms with comfortable--yes, comfortable--endodontic treatments.

Specifics of root canal therapy

Root canal therapy--also called endodontics--is their best shot to keep your tooth. This treatment removes the diseased and inflamed pulp from deep within their tooth, including the roots which keep it in the jaw bone. Then, the dentist caps the tooth with a lifelike ceramic crown.

With the pulp gone, the many symptoms of dental abscess and injury disappear almost immediately. The symptoms include:

  • Throbbing toothache pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Drainage
  • Pus
  • Darkened, crack tooth structure
  • Sores on the gums

Additionally, our Wilmington, DE, family dentist has used great diagnostic skills and precise digital X-rays to evaluate the condition and ultimate viability of a tooth. Plus, their treatment will take just two appointments to complete. Healing typically is quick and uncomplicated, and the tooth should remain in place for the rest of your life if you take care of it.

More information about root canals

1. The dentist numbs the tooth with local anesthetic before proceeding with opening the tooth and extracting the pulp.

2. Each treated canal is sealed with a stretchy, biocompatible putty called gutta-percha.

3. Teeth restored in this way function well without the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels which make up the pulp.

4. Even kids may undergo root canal therapy.

5. Root canal therapy does not spread infection outside the mouth. Instead, it halts the bacteria and seals the tooth against further infiltration.

6. Millions of dental patients cannot be wrong. They enjoy fully restored teeth because of the almost 15 million procedures performed in the United States every year. The American Association of Endodontists says that is 41,000 treatments daily.

You and your family member can count on the expertise of Dr. John Lenz, Dr. Michael Lenz, and Dr. Anthony Vattilana. Schedule that root canal procedure so you can feel better and enjoy a complete smile. Call your dentist at Wilmington Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE, to ask any family dentistry questions today at (302) 654-6915.

By Wilmington Dental Associates
June 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Singer LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel a string of performances recently, as a more pressing engagement came up: a late-night meeting with her endodontist. It turned out that the country-pop star needed some emergency dental work performed while she was on tour. But her die-hard fans needn't have felt left out — Rimes faithfully tweeted each stage of her dental treatment.

The trouble began before she was scheduled to play a show in Ohio. “Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal,” she informed her twitter followers. Instead of performing, Rimes was advised to spend the next few days resting after the emergency treatment. “Happy Friday! I'll be spending mine in bed,” she tweeted after the previous evening's procedure. The following Monday, Rimes returned to the dentist's chair for follow-up treatment.

It turned out that the singer had been battling dental pain for months. “I am so disappointed that I can't make it to my fans tonight.” Rimes explained in a statement. “I had wanted to give them the show they deserved and only wish this tooth pain held out a little longer.”

If there's a moral to this story, it's this: If you have tooth pain, don't wait to see a dentist. Call us right away!

A feeling of constant pain and pressure in your mouth is a clear indication that you may need a root canal. Another telltale symptom is sharp pain when you bite down on food, or lingering pain after eating something hot or cold. Not every symptom is as clear-cut, however — the only way to know for sure whether you need treatment is to come in for an evaluation.

Pain in your teeth or gums may be a symptom of a serious condition. Even if the pain goes away temporarily, an underlying infection generally does not. If a treatment such as root canal therapy is needed, the sooner it is obtained, the better you'll feel. And remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause tooth pain — it relieves it!

If you have any concerns about tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “I'd Rather Have a Root Canal” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”

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