Posts for: December, 2016

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
December 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals   tooth decay  

A root canal is a treatment used to fix and save a tooth that is infected or badly decayed. Millions of teeth are saved each year with root root canalcanal treatment. Dr. Franklin Gordon, Jr. in Flint, MI offers root canal therapy with a gentle touch. Here are the top five reasons not to delay getting a root canal.

#1- A Toothache

Pain is the most common symptom of needing root canal therapy. If the tooth is dead and has become abscessed, the individual will feel pain when they eat or put pressure on the infected tooth. If the tooth is still alive, the individual will experience sensitivity to cold or hot foods or liquids.

#2- Fracture

A tooth that has fractured may need root canal treatment if the fracture reaches the pulp. If the tooth has fractured in a way that doesn't leave much tooth structure left for a restoration, root canal therapy may need to be performed so a post can be placed down the canal of the tooth to help retain the restoration.

#3- Deep Cavity

If tooth decay reaches the pulp, the pulp will become infected with bacteria. When this occurs, it will become painful and inflamed or it will die and become decayed tissue. Sometimes there's no pain, but the only way your Flint dentist can get all the decay out of the tooth is by performing root canal therapy and removing the nerve.

#4- An Abscess

An abscess that's left untreated will keep growing and infect the bone around the root of the tooth. It may spread into surrounding tissues and bone. In rare cases, people have died from infections that started from an abscess. The only way to remove the infection completely is by performing a root canal.

#5- Resorption

Root resorption is a condition whereby the structure of the tooth dissolves away as a reaction to tooth replantation, trauma, injury or aggressive tooth movement during orthodontic treatment. The resorption can invade the canal and the blood vessels and nerve contained therein. If this happens, the affected tooth will need root canal therapy.

Don't put off root canal therapy if you need it. Call Dr. Gordon in Flint, MI at (810) 230-0990 right now to schedule your next dental appointment. Everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!