Root Canals St Louis, Mo

No one ever envisions having to undergo root canal therapy. But unfortunately, there are times when root canal treatment in St. Louis becomes necessary in order to save the tooth. The procedure treats the infected tooth by removing any infection in the pulp, (i.e. the chamber within the tooth containing blood vessels and connective tissues). This also helps to protect the undamaged portion of the tooth from any bacterial or microbial invasion in the future. The more technical name for this area of restorative dentistry is endodontic, and the procedure is referred to as endodontic therapy.

When Do You Need a Root Canal Procedure?

As a specialist in restorative dentistry, Dr. Eric J. Aubert has had to perform root canals on many patients. In most instances, he will recommend this procedure if your tooth or teeth have been damaged by severe decay. Instead of pulling the tooth, he will try to save it, if at all possible. However, there are certain cases where performing this type of procedure may not be necessary. In any case, we will schedule you for an evaluation appointment, in order to determine whether or not the procedure will be necessary.

Here are three (3) specific signs or symptoms to look for which may indicate the need for endodontic therapy, or a root canal procedure:

  • Exterior tooth discoloration – When there is extensive decay in a tooth, the outside of it will look different from your other teeth due to discoloration.  You will have to be very close to a mirror in order to identify this sign.
  • Pain at the tooth site – Pain could decrease or become very intense, depending on how your body is positioned, and may range from minor discomfort to unbearable.  The pain could be triggered if the tooth is exposed to cold and hot foods and/or liquids.  In more severe cases, the patient is unable to sleep.
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums – Swelling varies from one case to the next.  In some cases, it is hardly noticeable, while in others it is very pronounced.  You may experience a great deal of tenderness, as well.  In the most severe cases, swelling could be noticeable in the facial, near the tooth, as well as down into the neck area.

If you have been suffering with any of these symptoms, or a combination of them, you should contact Forest Park Dental and schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric J. Aubert immediately.

Proper Diagnosis

Before undergoing any root canal procedure in St. Louis, a proper diagnosis is always required. In some cases, you may not be a candidate for this type of dental procedure, and that will be easier to determine once you have been examined and evaluated. In order for you to receive an accurate diagnosis, Forest Park Dental will need to collect specific information from three (3) different sources including:

  • signs and symptoms that you have noticed
  • signs and symptoms that Dr. Eric J. Aubert notices
  • tests on the tooth in question

You and the dentist will want to take the three signs and symptoms above into consideration as well. Additionally, there may be others that aren’t as apparent as those three, and that you aren’t aware of.

However, when you undergo root canal treatment, it does leave you with slight discomfort, and some people might experience slight pain. Though it is temporary and will reduce quickly, you can call us or visit us. One of our dentists will be happy to offer pain management treatment, or write a prescription that reduces the discomfort, after the procedure has been completed. We care about you and your oral health, and that is why we advise proper brushing and flossing regularly.

We Can Help

Dr. Eric J. Aubert of Forest Park Dental specializes in family and general dentistry, as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry. If you would like more information regarding root canal procedures in St. Louis, feel free to contact us and speak with one of our staff members. However, if you have recently been, or are currently experiencing pain and discomfort, attributed to those signs and symptoms we have listed above; please by all means contact us immediately.