Root Canals in Wauwatosa
Do You Need a Root Canal?
If you are suffering from a serious toothache, you may have an infection that requires immediate treatment and a root canal to avoid more severe dental health issues. Persistent toothaches are considered a dental health emergency, so come to McCue Dental Health for an appointment right away if you are in pain. We offer gentle root canal therapy to preserve your tooth and get you back to your daily life.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a type of endodontic procedure that is used to remove infected material from the inside of your tooth. If your tooth becomes damaged due to decay, or if it cracks in an oral injury, the nerve-filled “pulp” in the interior of your tooth can become infected by oral bacteria.
This can cause a tooth infection that results in a painful toothache and other unpleasant symptoms. If left untreated, an infection can eventually cause your tooth to fall out. A root canal is used to remove the infected material, sanitize the area, and eliminate the source of the infection. Ultimately, this preserves your tooth and prevents further damage and decay.
What Are the Signs of an Infected Tooth?
The most common sign of an infected tooth is a toothache, which may feel as if it is throbbing, or radiating into your jaw and ear. Other common signs include pain when chewing and extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. You may even notice swelling in your face and cheek, or even develop a fever. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, schedule a consultation right away at McCue Dental Health.
What Can I Expect From the Procedure?
To prepare your mouth for a root canal procedure, Dr. McCue will clean and numb the area Next, he will isolate the tooth with a dental dam and use a specialized tool to remove damaged tooth material through a very small hole in the enamel.
Once all of the infected and decayed tooth pulp and other material is removed and the area is cleaned, a rubbery material called gutta-percha is used to replace the empty area where the damaged pulp used to be, providing structure and support. In some cases, a temporary filling or crown will be placed to protect your tooth, and when you come back for your follow-up appointment, a permanent crown will be placed.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you think that you may need a root canal, don’t wait until the issue becomes more severe. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you’ll get relief from pain and discomfort, and the better the outcome will be for your dental health. To get started, contact the team at McCue Dental Health at (414) 456-1091 and let us know that you’re coming in. We always have emergency appointments available, so you can also walk into our office at 10625 West North Avenue, Suite 300, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, and we’ll do our best to treat you as soon as possible.