Root Canal Therapy
If you have a tooth with an inflamed or infected interior, the tooth is at risk. Without proper treatment, damage to the inner pulp of a tooth can lead to a painful abscess or even tooth loss. Fortunately, your dentist has extensive training in treating root canals. At our dental office, we are experts in restoring your teeth and eliminating your pain.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A tooth’s health depends not only on its hard, exterior surfaces, but also on what’s going on within its soft, interior tissues. When a tooth’s inner pulp becomes damaged or diseased, a dentist can save and restore the tooth. Damage to the pulp may occur in these situations:
- Deep decay
- Cracks or chips
- Infection or disease
If your tooth has pulp damage, it may be painful, sensitive, or discolored. The gums around the tooth may also be swollen or tender. However, sometimes a tooth shows no signs of infection right away. If you have a tooth that is still in the early stages of infection, there is a good chance we can save the tooth if the condition is caught in time. This is why it's so important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a straightforward dental treatment that is proven to save and restore infected and inflamed teeth. Dentists perform root canals in order to reduce or eliminate the need for teeth extraction.
Dentists use state-of-the-art dental technology and dental imaging to diagnose problems with the inner pulp, nerves, or roots of a tooth.
Here’s how a dentist performs a root canal:
- You will receive local anesthesia to numb the tooth. A rubber shield (or dam) protects and isolates the tooth to keep it dry and clean.
- The dentist specialist creates a small opening in the crown of the tooth to reach the inner pulp.
- To remove bacteria, the dentist specialist disinfects the interior of the tooth and removes the pulp.
- Next, the dentist specialist cleans and shapes the root canals, filling and sealing the openings.
- You will receive a temporary dental crown until you can visit your regular dentist for a permanent restoration.
Although a root canal removes a tooth’s inner pulp, a mature tooth continues to get nourishment from surrounding tissues.
Call our dental office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist for root canal treatment.