Posts for tag: Root Canals

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!

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S.
December 11, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals  

Root canal therapy is a valuable treatment that can save damaged or diseased teeth. Thanks to innovations in treatment and pain management, a root canal treatment is usually no more painful than getting a filling. Frank Gordon, Jr, DDS, performs root canals in Flint and explains the procedure.Root Canal

The problem

Root canal specialists like Dr. Gordon remove inflamed or infected pulp from teeth. Teeth consist of three layers: the hard outer enamel layer, the softer dentin and the pulp at the center of the tooth. The pulp is full of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue and extends into the roots of your teeth. An untreated inflammation or infection of the pulp can lead to a dental abscess and tooth loss. The condition requires prompt treatment because if an abscess occurs, the infection can spread to other parts of your body through your bloodstream.

Causes

An inflammation or infection can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • A blow to your tooth
  • A crack or fracture in the tooth
  • Extensive decay
  • Repeated dental treatment on the tooth

The procedure

If an X-ray and other tests confirm that you need a root canal, your dentist will inject the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. If you prefer, nitrous oxide can also be used for pain relief. After the tooth is numb, your dentist will drill through the crown to reach the pulp. He'll use a tiny file to remove the infected tissue and clean the canals in the roots of your tooth.

After the tooth is clean, he may add tiny metal posts to strengthen it before filling it with a durable material called gutta percha. In some cases, your dentist may recommend that the tooth drain for several days before filling. The final step of the process is the placement of a crown on your tooth. The crown covers your tooth completely and provides stability.

Concerned about a problem tooth and think you may need a root canal? If you live in the Flint area, call Frank Gordon, Jr, DDS, at (810) 230-0990 and schedule an appointment. Prompt treatment is essential to your oral health.