Root Canal Therapy in Lake St. Louis, MO

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Relieve Severe Tooth Pain

If any of your teeth are causing you severe pain, you may be in need of root canal therapy. This treatment is used to remove the infected tissue in the deepest layer of your tooth. Dr. Boscia will completely restore the tooth and eliminate any pain it was causing.

Painful, decayed teeth make it difficult to eat your favorite foods normally, so root canal therapy will give you total freedom to consume whatever food and drinks you want. In addition to this, the procedure will preserve your natural tooth, saving the tooth from extraction and eliminating the need for a costly and time-consuming restoration.

How Tooth Decay Affects Your Entire Tooth

Your tooth consists of three layers, enamel, dentin, and pulp. Once the enamel, or the outer surface of your tooth, becomes decayed, the rest of the tooth is at risk as well. If not treated, the decay can spread throughout the dentin and into the pulp.

Once the pulp, also known as the root canal, becomes infected, the tooth may begin to die. This can result in tooth loss or the need for extraction.

Decayed teeth aren’t only dangerous to your health — they can also alter your lifestyle. The bacteria weakens the tooth, causing pain and discomfort. This may make it more difficult to chew food and it increases your sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks.

After receiving root canal therapy, you’ll notice your life becoming more comfortable and enjoyable now that your tooth pain is gone.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

Have you been experiencing consistent tooth pain or feeling discomfort when you eat or drink? It’s essential to know what signs to look for that may indicate you need root canal therapy so that Dr. Boscia can save your tooth.

Root canal therapy may be necessary if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain when eating
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to temperature
  • Swollen gums
  • Tooth changes color
  • Redness and inflammation around the tooth

The Root Canal Procedure

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Root canal procedure

Root canal therapy is a common procedure, and it takes one to two visits to complete. In order to locate the bacteria and make sure that root canal therapy is needed, Dr. Boscia will take digital x-rays of your teeth. This technology will provide him with detailed images indicating where the bacteria is in the tooth and the severity of the infection.

Next, we’ll use dental tools to precisely create a small hole in the crown of your tooth. Dr. Boscia will use this to access and remove the decay from your dentin and pulp. As soon as the entire tooth is cleaned out, the empty space will be filled with a rubber-like material.

Since root canal therapy affects your whole tooth, this may result in your tooth becoming weakened. To strengthen it, Dr. Boscia will place a custom made porcelain crown over your tooth. While this last step isn’t always necessary, it helps the tooth remain strong and may even protect it from additional decay.

When Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

Although our top priority is to save your natural tooth, sometimes teeth can become so severely damaged that they need to be extracted. This procedure may be required if your root starts to affect your gums and even your jawbone.

The tooth extraction process is quick, and the area around it will be numbed before we begin. Once it’s removed, you’ll have the option to replace your tooth. We offer treatments such as dental implants and bridges to provide you with a new tooth.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

You’ll be provided with an anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything during the root canal therapy procedure.

Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?

It’s normal to feel some pain after the procedure, but this can be relieved with drugstore medications such as ibuprofen. If the pain persists and you begin to notice swelling, contact our office at (636) 625-1225 and we’ll get you the care you need to relieve your pain.

What is root canal re-treatment?

If your tooth becomes infected after your root canal therapy, Dr. Boscia may need to perform retreatment. To do this, he’ll make a small incision in your gum and removed infected areas in or near your tooth.

What is a hot tooth?

A hot tooth is when your tooth’s roots and nerves are so infected that the pain is unbearable. It takes longer for these patients to feel the effects of anesthesia, and sometimes it’s impossible for dentists to completely numb the area. In these cases, Dr. Boscia will take the appropriate measures to treat your tooth and eliminate your pain.

How can you tell if a tooth is dead?

A dead tooth is one that is no longer receiving blood flow. Symptoms of a dead tooth are extreme pain, bad breath, swelling, or discoloration.

How do I know if the nerves in my tooth are dead?

If your roots and the gums around your tooth start to swell and cause pain, this could be a sign of dead nerves in your tooth.

Can root canal therapy cause headaches?

Everyone has a different pain tolerance and recovers from root canal therapy differently. If you experience a headache after your procedure, Dr. Boscia may recommend over-the-counter pain medication. If headaches persist, contact our office and we’ll make sure you get the appropriate care.

How long does root canal therapy take?

The procedure takes one to two appointments to complete, and each lasts for about an hour to an hour and a half.

Contact Dr. Boscia to Eliminate Your Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can make it difficult to perform simple everyday tasks such as eating or drinking. If you’re experiencing this, contact our office at (636) 625-1225 to find out if root canal therapy is right for you.

Dr. Boscia is an experienced dentist who will evaluate your condition and help you decide what the best option is for your teeth.