By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
March 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   root canals  

Have you been avoiding a root canal because you've heard too many horror stories? Luckily, the things you may have heard about root root canalscanals just aren't true. Dr. Mazhar Butt in Carbondale, IL explains how you can benefit from root canal therapy.

When are root canals recommended?

A root canal is needed if your tooth pulp becomes infected or inflamed. If you don't have the procedure, you will eventually lose your tooth. Sometimes the inflammation or infection can be spotted on an X-ray before you experience any symptoms, but often you'll notice a few clues that will let you know that something just isn't right, such as pain in the tooth. If you need a root canal, you may notice pain when you chew or even just push down on the tooth lightly. Pain may also be a problem if you eat or drink hot or cold foods. Infections or abscesses in a tooth can cause very severe pain that doesn't go away.

Call Dr. Butt's Carbondale office as soon as possible if you experience severe pain that doesn't improve with over-the-counter pain medications. Severe pain can be a sign of an abscess. IOther signs of an abscess include a fever or facial swelling.

Root canals are commonly needed after you've injured a tooth, particularly if the tooth fractured or was reimplanted in your mouth.

Aren't root canals painful?

Years ago, when dental anesthesia techniques hadn't been perfected, root canal therapy may very well have been painful. Today, it's not much different than receiving a filling. When you arrive at Dr. Butt's office, he'll use local anesthetics to ensure that you remain pain-free during the root canal procedure.

The first step of a root canal involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp, then Dr. Butts cleans and shapes your root canals with very small files. Tiny posts may also be needed to support the crown you'll need at the completion of the therapy. Thanks to your root canal, you'll get to keep your tooth and any pain you've experiencing should go away.

Save your tooth with root canal therapy. Call Dr. Mazhar Butt in Carbondale, IL at (618) 457-2123 to schedule your appointment.