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Root canals have a bad reputation. But this tooth-saving treatment has evolved into a relatively comfortable one. Especially at the hands of a practiced professional, like Dr. James Murphy of Proven Dental, in Waukesha, WI.
Anatomy of a Tooth
We've all seen a full tooth before. Whether on a dentist's waiting room wall or as part of a dental mishap.
The crown is what is visible above the gums, the top of the tooth. Beneath it is what we call the root of the tooth. Just how it sounds, the root is what holds your tooth in place, and attached to your jaw.
A tooth also has layers. The outside is the enamel, a hardened layer most pronounced on the crown. Beneath this is the layer called dentin. It encircles the pulp chamber, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels, that run through your roots and into your body.
Anatomy of a Toothache
When the enamel wears off, either because of injury or disease, the dentin beneath it rapidly conducts heat and cold to the nerves beneath.
Serious problems, and serious pain, happen when the pulp beneath the dentin becomes inflamed or infected.
In the past, a problem tooth like this would simply be removed. But that leads to further complications in the future, as well as eliminating a necessary tooth from your mouth.
It can be replaced, but it is often a more costly alternative to a root canal. Which will save your tooth, and won't take as long to heal.
How It's Done
As the name suggests, a root canal removes the infected pulp from the pulp chamber, and down the canals along the root. The space is then filled, and the remaining tooth is shaped to accept a new crown that will look just like your other teeth.
The treatment altogether can usually be completed in just two office visits.
Root Canal Treatment in Waukesha, WI
Keep your smile, don't delay contacting your dentist if you have any injuries or unchecked cavities. Dental checkups are as important as good oral hygiene and habits. To schedule an appointment and to find out more about root canals, call Dr. Murphy of Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, at (262) 650-3000.
If you are like many people, the words "root canal" conjure images of extreme pain at the hands of your dentist. Even people who are not generally afraid of going to the dentist mistakenly believe that restorative dental treatments like root canal therapy are abnormally painful and traumatic, but in reality the opposite is true. Most people find that a root canal feels very similar to getting a filling for a cavity, and they actually work to relieve pain from a badly decayed or damaged tooth. Dr. Jim Murphy offers a range of dental services at Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI.
Restorative and General Dentistry in Waukesha, WI
Even with more advanced dental technology and treatments than ever, tooth decay and tooth loss still affect an overwhelming number of American adults of all ages. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), over 90% of adults have at least one cavity, and close to half of all American adults are missing at least one tooth. Tooth decay and tooth loss are not just cosmetic problems, they also affect your oral health. The best way to protect your teeth and gums is to practice good oral hygiene at home and to go to the dentist at least once or twice a year for a check up and professional teeth cleaning.
Treating Tooth Decay and Missing Teeth
Root Canals - A severely decayed or infected tooth, where bacteria has reached the pulp (nerves and soft tissue inside the tooth) may require a root canal to relieve pain and inflammation, and to clear damaged nerve tissue and bacteria. Your dentist will remove the bacteria and any damaged tissue, and seal the tooth to protect it from further decay. Don't worry - with local anesthesia root canal therapy feels very similar to getting a filling.
Dental Implants - Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option for healthy adults. Implants are unique in that they replace the root of a missing tooth with a biocompatible titanium screw, allowing for the growth of healthy bone tissue in the gums, which begins to recede when your tooth falls out. Once securely in place, a cosmetic crown is attached, creating the next best restoration to a natural tooth.
Find a Dentist in Waukesha, WI
Common dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease can ruin your smile and your oral health when left untreated. For more information about prevention and treatment, contact Proven Dental by calling 262-650-3000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy today.