By Drs. Williams & Schiavone
October 06, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
If you suffer from sudden tooth pain, it could very well be deep in the root canal. A number of Louisville patients experience soreness around a tooth, but cannot pinpoint the problem. Dr. Chris Williams is specially trained to know if a root canal treatment will help you with your stubborn tooth pain.

When is Root Canal Therapy Beneficial?side view of a root canal

  • There is an abscess on the gums
  • You have sensitivity to hot and cold
  • You experience severe toothache pain
  • You have swelling or tenderness of the gums
Root canal treatments have been feared in the past, but new dental procedures make it much simpler for the patient. Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp is removed and the space is filled with a distinctive dental material in order to restore the full function of the tooth. The treatment is very successful and generally lasts your whole life.

Root Canals: What You Can Expect

The steps of the root canal procedure are simple, quick, and effective. Patients should notice that it does normally take a number of appointments to ensure success. Listed below is the root canal procedure:
  1. Your tooth will be numbed while a rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.
  2. An opening is made on the top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening. Pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria will be removed.
  3. At the next appointment, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed. A filling will be placed to cover the opening at the top of the tooth.
  4. A crown (cap) will be placed over the tooth that had the root canal treatment. This is used to protect the tooth from breaking, and will also restore it to its full function.
After the root canal treatment, your tooth might be sensitive, but will get better as the inflammation lessens and the tooth has healed. Good oral hygiene should be practiced on all teeth, including the tooth from the root canal treatment.
If a tooth is bothering you, don’t hesitate to call our Louisville office at 502-778-8354 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Williams. Whether root canal therapy is needed or not, it’s important to see us for any tooth problems or discomfort you may have.