Put an End to Uncomfortable Mouth Pain
When it comes to endodontic dentistry in Reno, you want to make sure you get the best treatment possible. Endodontics refers specifically to dental care of the internal components of your teeth. When you experience pain, infection, or inflammation in your tooth an endodontic procedure is likely necessary to rectify the problem. Dr. Kulesa and his dental team work hard to make sure that all of your teeth are in good health and do all that they can to save your natural
Our Reno, NV dentists can diagnose and treat oral and facial pain that may be caused by infection, injury, decay, or a cracked tooth. If you are in pain and need immediate attention our staff will make sure you get the best treatment possible.
Restore the Natural Function of Your Teeth
Our root canal procedures can help reduce pain and get you back to your normal routine. And while these dreaded terms are not popular amongst patients, we promise to make your visit as pain-free and comfortable as possible. We take pride in performing high-quality endodontic dental services to all of our patients.
What is a Root Canal?
When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, a root canal procedure may be necessary. A root canal is a treatment that repairs and restores teeth that are infected. The procedure begins with your nerves and pulp being removed which are commonly the root of your oral pain. The pulp is the soft tissue that is located within the enamel on your teeth. It is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and tissue. This procedure may sound daunting, but if you don’t treat the tooth right away it can lead to far more serious dental and general health issues. In the case that the tooth cannot be saved by a root canal, an extraction might be necessary. We treat each case on an individual basis and create a treatment plan for your specific needs.
There are three critical steps to a root canal including cleaning, filling, and covering the canal to ensure the tooth maintains optimal structure and function. To begin, your endodontic dentist will clean the area by removing all of the dead pulp and nerve material from the root canal. To do this, a small opening is created just on the surface of the tooth using a dental drill. A local anesthetic, or numbing agent, will be applied to the area prior to beginning the procedure in
order to help prevent any pain or discomfort.
Once the canals have been hollowed out, cleaned, and decontaminated, the canal is ready to be filled Your dentist will fill the hollow area with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material intended to fill and seal the canal. This will prevent further damage from occurring and keeps out unwanted bacteria. Finally, a dental filling or dental crown is applied to the tooth for added protection.
What to Expect
A tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth, or multiple teeth, that may be negatively affecting your oral health. There are several reasons a tooth may need to be removed including impaction, tooth decay, periodontal or gum disease, trauma, or tooth overcrowding. An extraction helps bring your teeth and gums to its optimal health by eliminating problem teeth and restoring functionality. If you have compromised teeth that are resulting in adverse effects such as pain or infection, then you may be in need of a tooth extraction.
The Tooth Extraction Process
A tooth extraction is a relatively quick and painless outpatient procedure. When pulling or removing a tooth from your mouth, some form of anesthetic will be applied so that you don’t feel any pain. This may be a local, general, intravenous anesthetic, or a combination of two methods depending on how the tooth is being extracted. There are two possible extraction procedures your dentist may recommend. They include a simple extraction and a surgical extraction:
- Simple extractions: During a simple extraction you will receive a local anesthetic that is applied directly to the gum. This is used to numb the affected area so that you only feel pressure rather than pain. Your Reno dentist will then use a dental instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth. Then, forceps are used to remove it.
- Surgical extraction: A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated as it requires making an incision in order to safely remove the tooth. First, a local and intravenous anesthetic are administered. In some cases, a general anesthetic is also given to aid in pain relief and nervous patients. Once the anesthetic is applied, a small incision will be made into the gum and dental tools are used to remove the tooth. The gum will then be stitched up to protect the area.
Abscessed Tooth Symptoms:
A tooth abscess is caused by bacterial infections that create a pocket in between the tooth and gums which fills with pus and causes extreme discomfort. It can lead to serious oral damage not only in your teeth but in the surrounding bone structure and soft tissue as well. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, be sure to get in contact with your Reno dentist right away:
- Severe pressure and pain in tooth and gum area
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot food and liquids
- Trouble biting down with worsened pain
- Swelling and pain in the jaw area
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Foul-smelling breath
- Gum redness and swelling
- Loosening of the tooth
- Open, draining sore on the side of the gum
- Fever – caused by infection
- Swollen neck glands