Root Canals

DeRose Dental

General Dentistry located in Racine, WI

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal doesn’t have to be painful or traumatic. At DeRose Dental in Racine, Wisconsin, Dr. Francesca DeRose and Dr. Maria DeRose Barnes provide patients with stress-free root canal therapy. If you have any signs of a dental infection — such as pain, sensitivity, or swollen gums — a root canal is the best form of treatment. Early intervention can prevent the need for a root canal, but if one is necessary, your experience at DeRose Dental is pain-free and comfortable. To schedule a root canal, call or use the online booking tool today.

Root Canals Q & A

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What is a root canal?

A root canal is a type of dental procedure that targets the soft tissue inside your tooth, known as the pulp. The pulp includes blood vessels and nerves that are housed in a canal-like area in the center of your tooth.

Since it’s surrounded by hard enamel, the pulp is normally protected from bacteria. When tooth decay or an injury break the enamel, bacteria can travel into the pulp and cause an infection. That’s when you need dental intervention in the form of a root canal because the infected pulp won’t heal on its own.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

In many cases, you discover you need a root canal when you feel severe pain in your tooth, typically caused by infected nerves or when the infection spreads into the gums and forms an abscess. Other signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold substances
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tender gums
  • Pimple or bump on the gum
  • Swollen gums
  • Constant toothache

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s best to see Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes as soon as possible, since infections can worsen if left untreated.

How is a root canal performed?

The purpose of a root canal is to remove all of the pulp and infection from inside your tooth and make sure that the canal is completely clean and free of bacteria.

Dr. DeRose and Dr. Barnes use specially designed dental tools that allow them to access pulp through the enamel and remove the infected soft tissue. After cleaning out the canal, they fill it up with a rubbery material that supports your tooth’s structure.

If the tooth is in good shape, a natural-looking filling to cover the small opening may be all you need. However, if the infection developed due to a broken or decayed tooth, a dental crown may be used to restore its strength, function, and appearance.

How long will your teeth stay healthy after a root canal?

After a root canal, the restored tooth can last a lifetime, but several issues can arise that may require treatment.

For example, the tooth may get chipped or cracked down the road, whether you got a crown or still have the natural tooth. Also, over time, the tooth may be more susceptible to damage because it’s no longer living after the pulp is removed.

Good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure the treated tooth lasts a long time. Getting a regular dental checkup at DeRose Dental every six months goes a long way towards making sure plaque and tartar are cleaned away from the tooth.

Schedule your consultation either online or over the phone today.