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May Is for Root Canal Awareness

May 11, 2022
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Posted By: Joel R. Koch DDS
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We’ve all heard how April showers bring May flowers, but another thing that arises from the months of late winter and early spring is cavities and tooth decay.

If you think about it, a good part of this may relate to the pervasiveness of sweets-related holidays. The Valentine’s day candy has hardly cleared the grocery store shelves before the chocolate eggs and marshmallow bunnies of Easter arrive. So it’s no wonder that by May, many people in West Chester, OH, may be in dire need of dental care.

That may also explain why the American Association of Endodontists has declared that May is ‘Save A Tooth Month.’ Put simply, an Endodontist is a dental specialist who cares for endangered teeth mainly through root canal therapy. We perform this procedure at Joel R. Koch, DDS, to resolve deep tooth infection by eliminating diseased tissue and sealing and crowning your tooth for future protection.

Do You Need Root Canal Therapy in West Chester, OH?

As it results from a progressive infection, your condition will present itself to our team through a handful of symptoms. You may need root canal treatment if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe toothache especially pronounced when eating
  • Intense sensitivities to hot or cold temperatures
  • Dark spots on the affected tooth
  • Swollen, red, and tender gums
  • An abscess or infected sore in your mouth that may leave a sour taste

How Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth

Your natural teeth are comprised of an outer shell protecting a soft inner area. Your tooth enamel encloses a softer layer called dentin. Beneath your dentin is your pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves and connects your tooth via canals, or thin tunnels, through its roots to your body. If bacteria can penetrate your enamel and dentin, a pulp infection will grow, becoming more and more painful until we treat it.

Dr. Koch’s root canal therapy resolves infection by removing the pulp and cleaning the remaining root canals so the infection cannot begin again. Then, the spaces inside your teeth are injected with a dense, rubbery material that seals them tightly. Finally, because you may lose some tooth structure during your treatment, Dr. Koch may finish the procedure with a durable dental crown that works just like your intact natural teeth.

Root Canal Awareness in West Chester, OH

Saving teeth is our mission at Dr. Joel Koch, DDS, and our goal is for you to understand how root canal therapy accomplishes that mission. If you have a toothache that is only getting worse, we encourage you to reach out today. The tooth you save may be your own!

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