You would not typically think of going to a cosmetic dentist if you need a root canal, but Dr. Kirk Quigless also performs general dentistry, including endodontic therapy; treating root canals. It is a good idea to get all your dental work from a dentist who keeps your overall aesthetic appearance in mind. Root canals are capped off with a porcelain crown and you want the restoration to closely match your other teeth and enhance your smile.
An endodontic dentist is one who treats the interior parts of the tooth, also known as the tooth pulp. When the tooth pulp becomes infected, the dentist must eliminate the infected tissue with endodontic therapy, commonly known as a root canal.
The root canals are actually the chamber through which the tooth pulp passes. This soft tissue includes the blood vessels that feed the tooth and the nerves that control sensation, primarily of heat and cold. Once the tooth has erupts from the gums and is fully-grown, the tooth pulp no longer serves any important function.
Signs of Infected Tooth Pulp
In many cases, there are no signs of infection and the problem is not discovered until your regular check up. In other cases, there may be some signs and symptoms that lead you to seek dental help:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot or cold liquids
- Swelling in the gums and sometimes other parts of the face
- A pimple on the gums
The problem occurs when the interior chamber becomes compromised through injury or decay. When the pulp chamber is exposed to bacteria, it provides a fertile feeding ground for infection. This infection may eventually abscess or move beyond the tooth root and into the surrounding gums and bone tissue. If left untreated it may result in bone loss around the tooth root.
The Root Canal Procedure
During the procedure, Dr. Quigless will remove all the decayed enamel and dentin as well as the tooth pulp. Once the pulp is removed, the chamber is filled with a special compound. A porcelain crown is put in place to strengthen the tooth and seal it from future damage. Since the tooth pulp is no longer necessary, the tooth will still function as it always has.
After the procedure, Dr. Quigless may prescribe some pain medication, but over the counter medication are usually adequate to treat the pain.
If you have any of the above signs or symptoms or have questions about root canals, please contact St. Louis cosmetic dentist, Dr. Quigless to schedule an appointment.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144