By James Pechloff, DDS
January 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your family dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, can save your smile

If you or a member of your household has ever suffered from tooth pain, you know how excruciating it can be. It can also be difficult to watch a child or spouse deal with a throbbing toothache. Fortunately, there is a treatment to completely eliminate tooth pain without removing the tooth: root canal therapy. Here at the Wauwatosa, WI, office of family dentist Dr. James F. Pechloff, we offer this treatment approach to patients of all ages—read on to learn more.

What root canal treatment can do for you

So, how do you know if you or someone in your household needs a root canal? There are several signs and symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Increasing tooth pain when the tooth is exposed to foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Stabbing, sharp pain when biting or chewing
  • Pain that radiates into other areas including your jaw, face, or head
  • A white or red bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth growing noticeably darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it

A root canal might be needed if severe tooth decay has penetrated into the innermost layer of a tooth, an area known as the pulp. Dental trauma can also cause damage to the pulp. Even chronic grinding or clenching your teeth can result in repetitive trauma to this area.

The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. When it becomes damaged, fluid and inflammation build up inside your tooth, causing pressure and pain, which can be severe.

In these cases, root canal therapy can eliminate the pain and even let you keep the tooth. During the treatment, your family dentist will remove the damaged pulp tissue and fill the tooth with an inert material. Your pain will be gone, and you will still have your complete smile!

Concerned? Give us a call

To learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy and how it can help you or a member of your household be free of dental pain, call Dr. James F. Pechloff in Wauwatosa, WI, today by dialing (414) 475-5505.