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By Proven Dental
September 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canals often get a bum rap. Although the procedure saves millions of teeth every year, it's often erroneously portrayed as an unpleasant experience. And if that wasn't enough, a long-discredited medical theory has found new life on the internet asserting root canals are a health danger.

First off, root canals play an immensely important role in treating teeth with advanced decay. If not promptly treated, a cavity can turn into a major infection of the interior tooth pulp and root canals, and ultimately the supporting bone. Teeth with this level of decay are not long for this world.

A root canal treatment stops this disease process in its tracks. After numbing the tooth and surrounding gums, we drill a small hole into the tooth's interior and then remove all of the infected tissue within the pulp and root canals. After disinfecting these areas, we fill them with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha.

After sealing off the access hole—and later capping the tooth with a life-like crown—the tooth is secure from further decay. And, by the way, the procedure doesn't hurt, thanks to local anesthesia. If anything, any pain caused by the decay attacking the tooth's nerves has now been alleviated.

So, what about the idea floating on the Web that root canals are dangerous? The "root" for this conjecture is a theory by Weston Price, an early 20th Century dentist, that leaving a "dead" body part in the body leads to various health problems (including cancer). That would include a root-canaled tooth, which has had the living tissue in the pulp removed.

There's just one problem—Weston's theory was fully investigated in the 1950s and overwhelmingly discredited. The supposed cancer threat was also reviewed in a 2013 study, which found no link between root canals and increased cancer risk. In fact, dental patients who had undergone several root canals had a diminished risk.

Like all other health procedures, root canals have some risks of complication. But those complications are far from life-threatening—it's tooth-saving benefits are often worth the risk. So, fear not if your dentist says you need a root canal. It won't hurt and it won't endanger your health—and it could save your tooth.

If you would like more information on root canal therapy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Safety.”

By Proven Dental
February 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

At Proven Dental, Dr. James Murphy commits to helping you preserve your dental health for years to come. If you have persistent pain in your tooth or multiple teeth, a visit to our Waukesha, WI, dental office can make them healthy again. Patients often fear the words "root canal," when it's more painful to live without treatment than with it. If you're feeling unnecessary pressure in the mouth, or sharp pain when you bite down on food, these are signs you may need a root canal treatment.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

When a tooth struggles with sensitivity and experiences severe discomfort, this is usually the result of an underlying infection in the pulp chamber that contains nerves. The dental pulp is the soft tissue of a tooth that connects to the dentin. Once bacteria compromise this, you'll experience irritation, inflammation, and discomfort that can only be alleviated with a minor procedure called root canal therapy. It saves and repairs teeth that are infected or severely damaged.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Common symptoms of a tooth infection include lingering sensitivity to hot and cold beverages, difficulty chewing or biting, and severe persistent throbbing in the root that can sometimes be felt in the neck or ear. You should discuss root canal treatment with your dentist immediately if you have:

  • Darkening of the gums
  • Gums that are swollen or tender
  • Abscesses that form on the gums
  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth

What to Expect From Root Canal Treatment?

During the procedure, our Waukesha dentist numbs the surrounding area with a local anesthetic. He then uses tiny instruments to makes a small opening in the infected tooth to access the pulp chamber. Lastly, he'll remove bacteria, as well as the dead or dying pulp, before cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the space to prevent further infection. A dental crown protects the tooth and completes the restoration.

If you are struggling with chronic tooth pain, schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. James Murphy to discuss if you may benefit from root canal treatment. He can correctly identify the signs and symptoms during an oral examination and address any questions or concerns you may have. To learn more about root canals and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling at our Proven Dental, office in Waukesha, WI, please call (262) 650-3000.

By Proven Dental
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

A Woman With A ToothacheChronic tooth pain or sensitivity could be a sign that you need a root canal. The procedure not only relieves pain but helps you avoid tooth loss. Your Waukesha, WI, dentist, Dr. James Murphy, performs root canal therapy at Proven Dental.

Root canals eliminate the source of your pain

Pain originates in the pulp deep inside your tooth if you need a root canal. The pulp is a soft mass of blood vessels, tissues, and nerves that fill the core of your tooth. Luckily, it's possible to eliminate the infection or inflammation by removing your pulp and replacing it with a filling material during a root canal.

Despite the stories you may have heard, root canals aren't painful. Before the procedure begins, you'll receive a local anesthetic that will keep your mouth numb throughout the entire root canal.

Root canal signs and symptoms

Pain is the most obvious sign that there's something wrong with your tooth. During your visit to your Waukesha dentist's office, he'll determine if your pain is caused by tooth decay or an inflammation or infection in your tooth.

Although an inflammation or infection can cause severe pain, sometimes the pain is mild or can even come or go, at least initially. If you don't see your dentist, the pain may worsen eventually.

Have you noticed that eating seems to worsen your pain? That's not unusual if you have an infection or inflammation in your pulp. Chewing exerts considerable pressure on your teeth and can irritate a problem tooth. Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages is also common if you need a root canal. You may notice that your pain increases for as long as 30 minutes after you eat or drink these substances.

If you need a root canal, your tooth may darken or you may notice that the gum around the tooth is painful, inflamed and swollen. Severe, throbbing pain may mean that you have a dental abscess. The bacterial infection is a dental emergency and requires prompt treatment to prevent the bacteria from reaching other areas of your body. Other abscess symptoms include swelling around your jaw, swollen lymph nodes, fever, a bump on your gum, or pus around the tooth.

Do any of these signs and symptoms sound familiar? Call your Waukesha, WI, dentist, Dr. James Murphy of Proven Dental at (262) 650-3000 to schedule an appointment.

By Proven Dental
November 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Many people have dental anxiety about root canals, but they can be a saving grace for people who are suffering from intense tooth pain root canaldue to decay. Many wait until the last minute to get help, but early intervention is the best course of action. Here are a few key signs that you may need to go to Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI for a root canal exam and consultation urgently.

Root Canal Therapy
The dental treatment that reverses the effects of dental decay is called root canal therapy. It’s a procedure that removes diseased tissue from inside the tooth, then refills it with protective material. The inside of the tooth is also disinfected to ensure that any bad bacteria is eliminated. A permanent dental crown ensures that the tooth stays free from germs. Root canals are also used to treat abscesses.

Signs to Look For
It is not normal to feel any pain when you are eating or in the normal course of your day. If one or more tooth hurts, that is a clear sign that you may need a root canal. Tooth sensitivity (inability to eat hot or cold foods) is also something to watch for. If you check the problem tooth closely, you may notice a crack or a hole on the surface. Bad mouth odor throughout the day is yet another possible sign of tooth decay requiring root canal therapy.

Get a Root Canal and Get Relief
You don't have to be afraid of going to an appointment for a root canal. Your Waukesha dentist will sedate you in advance of the procedure and keep you relaxed. Once the procedure is finished, you won’t have to deal with the discomfort you’ve been struggling with anymore. You’ll also have the comfort of knowing you saved your tooth.

Save Your Teeth, Relieve Pain
If you notice some signs that you may need a root canal, don’t wait until the symptoms get worse. Get on the phone and schedule a visit to Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI. Call 262-650-3000 today to make an appointment with Dr. Jim Murphy.

By Proven Dental
June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Eliminate Pain and Treat Infections with Root Canal Therapy

Often, when people think of root canal therapy they associate it with pain.  The pain experienced is from the infected tooth, which is then relieved through root canal therapy.  Known to restore and save an average of 17 million teeth each year, root canal therapy helps to keep your tooth and stop the pain, which is always better than having a tooth extraction.  
When decay is likely to damage or has already killed a tooth, root canal therapy is needed.  During a root canal, your dentist in Waukesha at Proven Dental removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity.  This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that could potentially spread to other teeth.  A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth, which can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing. 

Your Waukesha Dentist Explains: What is Root Canal Therapy?

Your tooth is made up of a hard protective shell called enamel, a softer middle layer called dentin and a soft tissue inner layer called dental pulp.  Composed of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, the dental pulp is considered a vital part of your tooth.  If your dental pulp is severely damaged, the tooth begins to die.  Root canal therapy is often the best treatment to prevent and eliminate infection, preventing tooth loss.  
Signs you might need a root canal include:
  • Minimal to severe pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and irritation in the surrounding gum tissue
  • Signs of infection visible on a radiograph
Root canal therapy allows your Waukesha dentist to save your teeth in the safest way possible and is used to find the cause and treat the problems of the dental pulp.  The narrow channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of your tooth are hollowed out and cleaned through root canal therapy and the roots are filled with materials that are designed to prevent pain and infection from recurring.  
Contact our office in Waukesha for more information on root canal therapy.  Your dentist in Waukesha is available to help save your tooth and eliminate your pain.