Never ignore dental pain or sensitivity, particularly if your tooth has a history of fracture or multiple restorations. At the first sign of discomfort, contact your dentist, Dr. Mark Kedzierski in Melbourne, FL. He strives to preserve as many of a patient's natural teeth as possible, and sometimes, he uses root canal therapy, or endodontics, to do just that. If you have a tooth that's acting up, you may need a root canal. This reliable treatment gives an ailing tooth a new lease on life and relieves your pain and other symptoms.
When a tooth is in danger
You'll probably know it. Abscessed or damaged teeth exhibit symptoms such as:
- A throbbing toothache
- Sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure (biting down)
- Enamel discoloration
- Redness and swelling at the gum line
- Cracked enamel
Many times, a filling or crown suffices, but only Dr. Kedzierski can determine that by oral examination and X-rays. If the damage is extensive, the tooth may need to be extracted. However, precise and comfortable root canal therapy may remove the diseased pulp from inside the tooth, relieve the pressure, and treat the infection.
It takes two visits to Dr. Kedzierski's office and requires only local anesthetic. Root canal therapy in Melbourne is not the agonizing dental treatment many people say it is, and here's how it goes.
After your tooth is numb, your dentist creates a small hole through the top of the tooth, accessing the first of two to four narrow interior chambers, or root canals. The interior of a tooth contains connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Fortunately, the adult tooth survives and functions well without this pulp.
Next, Dr. Kedzierski uses several small metal files of increasing size to remove the pulp and smooth the canal walls. He instills antibiotics and fills the canal with inert gutta-percha. He treats all canals the same way and covers the tooth with a temporary restoration which protects the tooth as it heals. When you return to the office, he'll remove the temporary restoration and place a customized porcelain crown.
Dr. Kedzierski offers CEREC same-day crowns. Designed according to digital impressions with in office CAD/CAM software, your porcelain crown fits over the restored tooth perfectly, delivering natural aesthetics and durability.
Your tooth will last
Most teeth restored with endodontic therapy last for decades, preserving oral function, jaw bone, gum tissue and personal appearance. So if you're concerned about the health of a tooth, call Dr. Mark Kedzierski's office team for a consultation. You can overcome those nagging symptoms and keep your tooth. Phone (321) 254-0306.