Mitch Moreland of the MLB Texas Rangers Needed a Root Canal
In the summer of 2012 the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball missed their first baseman Mitch Moreland for a few games due to his need to obtain root canal treatment on a front tooth. Mitch may have been suffering from moderate to severe pain over the affected tooth, he may have had swelling within the gum in the same area, or his tooth could have been very sensitive to biting pressure, hot, or cold. These symptoms may occur when a tooth has deep decay, when a tooth has a history of more involved dental care, when a deep crack is present, or the tooth may have had a blow or trauma. There are times when a tooth may even feel totally normal; however, x-rays may reveal an abscess. Without care an abscess can become severely painful and may result in swelling that can be life-threatening. Naturally it is wise to obtain root canal therapy when it is recommended. The tooth above demonstrates a tooth which has been cleaned and prepared for a root canal filling. We performed this procedure last week.
In performing root canal treatment, the hollow space inside the tooth is totally cleaned, sterlized, and shaped to receive the filling. Naturally the tooth is well-anesthetized for the procedure. Patients will often decide to enjoy nitrous oxide gas during the procedure. The nitrous gas allows time to pass quickly and patients can feel in a way separated from what is going on. The nitrous also can assist in making the procedure even more comfortable. We understand many people “joke” about how uncomfortable root canal procedures are. Let me tell you that it is very different here. We manage these procedures to minimize discomfort and to create positive and caring experiences for our valued patients. Our office is different. We truly care. Our patients do realize this place is unique, kind, empathetic, fair, honest, and genuine. Once the root canal system within the tooth is prepared it can be filled with a rubber-like material that actually expands slightly within the tooth to seal every bit of space that exists as much as possible. In this way we can prevent an infection from re-establishing itself; again, in the best way possible. The nearby images demonstrate the same tooth that we filled within our office last week.
Following root canal treatment most all patients can resume their normal life. In Mitch Moreland’s case he was back to playing with the Texas Rangers in two days. Patients may expect mild discomfort which decreases noticeably with each passing day. Other patients may experience no discomfort at all. This is what my patients tell me. In rare cases the discomfort may be more intense. I wish I could control everything in these cases; naturally, in this life, we realize that we unfortunately cannot control everything. Certainly we do our best to assist these patients to obtain comfort as soon as we can. In these cases we assist the body in healing itself as quickly as we can. The nearby image shows the radiograph of the same tooth when root canal treatment was completed within my office last week.
Yes, I know what you all hear about root canals. Let me tell you that our patients do not have poor experiences like that at all. We manage our patients very well, humbly, with a great deal of empathy. We truly care for our patients, the best patients in the world! We invite you to call us if we can assist you with root canal treatment, or most anything else dental, at (972) 250-2580
We Do Offer Root Canal Therapy in Our Office
Yes, we do perform root canal therapy in my office. Even though we have a general dentistry practice, we are fully trained to perform this service. It requires attention to detail, a careful touch, and an empathetic demeanor. Thankfully we have all those characteristics. If you or anyone you know is in need of root canal therapy, we invite you to contact us.
However, I must be honest with you. I will not perform root canal therapy on a tooth unless I am convinced that the tooth requires one. The reason for this is not because of any dislike for the procedure. The reason for this is because it is in your best interest to have this procedure done only if it needs to be done. While these procedures can be very successful, there are times when they may fail. In the event that they fail, the options for treatment are limited. In most cases a failing root canal requires extraction of the tooth. It is for this reason that I will not do root canal therapy unless absolutely necessary.
There are other causes for tooth pain that need to be considered prior to performing root canal therapy. If a dentist is quick to jump into root canal therapy then not all the other causative agents are being considered. In my office you can feel assured that we will not perform the root canal treatment until we have exhausted other reasons for the tooth pain and until we have found just cause to do one. This is just one way in which we can save our patients money and in which we can provide our valued patients with excellent care.
If you or someone you know would benefit from our style and philosophy of dental practice, we invite you to contact us at (972) 250-2580.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is required in those situations in which the nerve tissue within the tooth has become irreversibly inflamed or necrotic. Generally caused by tooth decay or a trauma such as a blow, pulp or nerve tissue damage can be an excruciating experience, with symptoms including pain while chewing, sensitivity, and swelling. If left untreated, pulp damage can lead to abscesses, or pus-filled infections, and eventually to tooth loss.
Endodontics, or root canal therapy, is the area of dentistry that deals with treating dental pulp damage. Oftentimes, it is the best way to directly address the pain and save the tooth. During a root canal procedure, the infected or irreversibly inflamed nerve tissue is removed, the pulp space is cleaned and sterilized, and is filled with a material to prevent further infection. With proper management and anesthesia, root canal therapy can be a pain free process (we realize we are stating something which is contrary to popular belief, yet we are stating this in truth based on experience within our practice).
Dr. Venincasa takes every measure to ensure our patients’ maximum comfort throughout the procedure. If you are experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, or swelling, it is important to obtain care as soon as possible, not only to relieve your pain, but also to save the tooth from more extensive damage. If you or someone you know might benefit from this procedure, we invite you to give us a call.
Painless Root Canal Treatment
Yes, we do perform painless root canal therapies! This is possible by the way we manage our patient’s treatment. Management is the name of the game when it comes to root canal treatment. We refuse to continue with performing a root canal if the patient is uncomfortable. The last thing we want to do is to create a poor experience. We know our patients most especially do not want a poor experience either. It is not uncommon for our patients to fall asleep during a root canal procedure. I realize this is hard to believe but it is true.
If you are in need of a root canal procedure yet are anxious about it because you are concerned about pain or discomfort, you really need to call us at (972) 250-2580 or e-mail us. I know we are quite unique in how we manage this. If you want a painless root canal procedure, you really need to give us a call. I do not believe you will be disappointed.
Following Root Canal Therapy, Crown Coverage
The procedure of root canal therapy results in a tooth no longer having a blood supply. As a result the tooth no longer has a moisture supply. As the tooth dries out it becomes more brittle and thus more likely to break. In order to prevent the tooth from breaking, teeth which have been treated by root canal therapy are recommended for coverage with a full crown.
There are times when root canal therapy must be performed through an existing crown. As long as the integrity of the crown is not compromised during the entry for root canal therapy, then a new crown may not be necessary.
The exception to this is when root canal therapy is performed towards the front part of the mouth. Since biting forces are less on these teeth it is possible that a crown may not needed to protect these teeth.
If you have a tooth which has been treated by root canal therapy but has not yet been protected by a crown, we would be glad to examine the tooth. We would be glad to offer you an opinion on whether a crown is needed to protect the tooth. We invite you to contact us.