Signs You May Need a Root Canal
By Yoon Dentistry
January 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal--you dread the idea, but should you? Actually, no one should fear this reliable restorative procedure. Your Ormond Beach, FL, root canaldentists, Dr. Brian Yoon and Dr. Florence Yoon, use root canal therapy to save decayed, injured, and abscessed teeth from extraction. If you needed root canal therapy, how would you know? Trust the experts at Yoon Dentistry for reliable, comfortable restorative dentistry and fear-free root canals.

What is root canal therapy?

It's been around literally for generations. Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal procedure removes diseased pulp from the interior chambers inside an ailing tooth. After disinfection of these root canals and smoothing with some specialized files, the tooth is sealed and crowned to protect it from further injury or bacterial invasion.

Dr. Yoon visually examines a sickly tooth and also uses X-rays it to determine the cause and severity of its problem. Then, the Ormond Beach, FL, dentist numbs the area surrounding the tooth so the patient is completely comfortable during the one-hour procedure. At Yoon Dentistry in Ormond Beach, FL, your dentist uses the Dental Vibe technique, a painless method of injecting a local anesthetic.

After the cleaning and disinfecting process, Dr. Yoon adds gutta-percha to each canal. Gutta-percha is a biocompatible putty that supports the tooth and keeps it free from bacteria. The tooth also receives a temporary filling or crown to protect it during the healing process. After one to two weeks, the patient returns to Yoon Dentistry for placement of a realistic porcelain crown.

Signs you may need a root canal

Dental symptoms which indicate you need a root canal can be quite severe. Others may go unnoticed but are obvious on examination by the dentist. The American Association of Endodontists cite these symptoms which show you need this well-respected restoration:

  • Severe, throbbing toothache
  • Bad tasting drainage
  • Enamel discoloration
  • Pain upon chewing
  • Sensitivity to sugar, cold and heat
  • Constant bad breath (halitosis)
  • Redness and/or a pimple at the gum line
  • Swelling of the gums and/or jaw

Any of these symptoms warrant a call to Yoon Dentistry. Root canal therapy is superior to tooth extraction and replacement, and it is easier on your wallet, too.

Living with your restored tooth

Teeth restored with root canal therapy can last for decades. However, studies show that the sooner you seek treatment for any of the above symptoms, the more likely it is that your root canal procedure will succeed and can last even longer. In general, front teeth, with their single roots, fare better than larger back molars.

Additionally, your dentist recommends your usual daily flossing and twice daily brushing to keep your tooth healthy and gum tissue viable over time. See Dr. Yoon twice a year for oral exams and hygienic cleanings, too.

Contact us

If you think you have a problem tooth, don't delay. Contact Yoon Dentistry in Ormond Beach, FL, for a consultation right away. We want your teeth as strong as healthy as possible! Call (386) 672-2828.