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Progression of a tooth infection

Without treatment, an infection can spread through a tooth to its roots, creating abscesses in its wake.

When Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

You may need this treatment if you have:

  • A toothache
  • Persistent bad breath or taste
  • Gum or jaw swelling
  • Sudden sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes

Unfortunately, there are not always obvious symptoms associated with an infected tooth. That is why routine dental checkups are so important. Dr. Gase can detect any potential problems during your regular examinations at our Cincinnati practice.

To determine whether root canal therapy is appropriate for you, Dr. Gase will assess the extent of the damage. If the decay or fracture is too severe, then an extraction may be the more logical option.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Root canal therapy is typically completed in two appointments at our Cincinnati practice. To begin the procedure, Dr. Gase administers local anesthesia to numb the tooth. Next, a small hole is created in the tooth and all soft tissues at the tooth's center are removed, including the nerves and blood vessels. Using a disinfectant solution, the inside of the tooth is then thoroughly cleaned.

If the remaining tooth structure is not able to support a crown, then Dr. Gase can insert a post into one of the root canals to provide additional reinforcement. Next, the canals and the pulp chamber are filled with a rubbery dental material and the tooth is sealed with a filling to prevent reinfection.

Some tenderness is to be expected following root canal therapy. These side effects are temporary and should diminish within a few days. In the meantime, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

In many cases, a dental crown is necessary to fully restore the tooth. In these instances, patients are scheduled for a second appointment to have their restoration placed.

Learn about Your Options

Our practice accepts CareCredit® and LendingClub® financing options to help patients afford treatment. If you have developed pain, swelling, or other symptoms of an infected tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gase. Contact us online or give us a call at (513) 931-3001.

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