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Root canals aren't just used to treat inflamed or infected teeth. The therapy, performed by Dr. Ron Solomon, Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, and Dr. Bradley Girdwood of Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, also helps cracked teeth.
How do cracks affect your teeth?
A crack in your tooth may seem like a minor problem. Unfortunately, even a small crack can weaken your tooth and make it more likely to break eventually. Cracks also allow bacteria to enter your teeth, causing tooth decay.
When a tooth is cracked, it may move a little when you chew. Over time, the motion of the tooth can irritate and inflame your tooth pulp. Unfortunately, once the soft pulp inside your tooth becomes inflamed, root canal therapy is the only option. Pulp inflammation can cause pain, particularly when you chew or eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. If the pulp becomes abscessed, the bacterial infection can spread throughout your body via your bloodstream.
When are root canals needed?
Root canals may be recommended during your visit to the Cincinnati dental office if the crack has begun to irritate your pulp or your dentist is concerned that the crack may worsen. If the crack grows bigger and reaches the root of a tooth, removing the tooth is the only option. Fortunately, root canal therapy will help you avoid these problems.
The therapy involves removing the pulp and replacing it with a durable filling. Once the pulp is removed, your dentist will clean the tooth and add antibiotics to prevent infection. She'll also clean and shape the root canals, the small pathways that extend the length of the tooth. Adding a tiny post to the tooth strengthens it and provides extra support for the crown that will be added to the top of the tooth.
Before the crown is placed on your tooth, your dentist builds up the area around the post with composite resin, a flexible material that hardens when exposed to a curing light. Cementing the crown onto your tooth, the final step in the process, strengthens and supports your tooth.
Don't put your smile at risk. Restore your cracked teeth with root canals. Call (513) 631-8920 to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Solomon, Dr. Burleson-Ott, and Dr. Girdwood of Cornerstone Dental Group.
Your upcoming dental procedure may have you nervous, but it doesn’t have to.
The minute you heard one of our Cincinnati, OH dentists, Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, mention needing a root canal, did you immediately cringe? It’s okay; there have been a lot of cruel jokes made about root canals, so you may not be sure what to believe, but that’s why we are here. Our goal is to make you understand that while root canals may have a reputation it may actually not be true.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and to see us every six months for routine exams to make sure that you minimize how often you need dental treatments. Of course, if you need to get a root canal in Cincinnati, here’s the truth--getting a root canal is no more uncomfortable or invasive than getting a tooth filled. Plus, a root canal can actually preserve the tooth and prevent it from needing to be extracted in the future. Not sounding so bad after all, is it?
Your Cincinnati general dentist may have recommended that you get a root canal if during your last routine exam we noticed significant decay, trauma or an infection that may have already reached the inside of the tooth. Once the dental pulp inside the tooth has been infected or inflamed, it’s time it was removed.
Some of the signs that you may be dealing with a root canal infection include:
- Swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth
- Toothache (particularly when chewing)
- Abscess (pimple-like growth on the gums)
- Redness of the gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
While any of these symptoms, particularly tooth pain, can be caused by many different problems, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our Cincinnati dental office as soon as possible to get the treatment your smile needs before the issue wreaks irreparable havoc on your oral health. The sooner you seek treatment, the better.
And if this didn’t assuage your fears, also know that root canals are performed under local anesthesia, to minimize any discomfort you may feel during your procedure. A local anesthesia will help numb the area and make sure that you don’t feel any pain. Plus, if you are already coming in with an infected tooth chances are good you are dealing with a significant amount of pain. Fortunately, root canals are designed to take that pain away fast!
Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH is here to make sure that your smile stays healthy and happy. If you are experiencing the beginning signs of a dental problem then it’s time you called our office today!