Root Canal Therapy
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or dies, root canal therapy is necessary to save the tooth. It is generally a comfortable treatment that can save your tooth and keep your mouth healthy.
Why would I need a Root Canal?
A Root-Canal (Endodontic) treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, a blow to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Symptoms of Possible Infected or Compromised Tooth
- Any pressure to the tooth causes a sharp pain
- Your tooth becomes much more sensitive to hot or cold. The sensation lingers even after the source is removed.
- Your tooth begins to darken
- You experience tenderness in your gums
- You have tooth pain that interrupts your sleep
- You experience spontaneous, throbbing tooth pain
Sometimes, there are no obvious or noticeable symptoms to let you know there is a problem! Only regular dental visits and digital x-rays as well as the expert eye of the dentist can reveal the underlying trauma.
The Root Canal Myth
The traditional myth of Root Canal Therapy is that it is very painful. Root Canal Therapy, contrary to popular belief, relieves the pain and discomfort that is very common with abscessed teeth and infection. Our team is attentive to your comfort both during and after the appointment. Patients with anxiety regarding root canal therapy have the option to consider one of our sedation options during their root canal appointment.
How does a Root Canal save my tooth?
We first remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, we will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatments is completed. However, as with any dental treatment if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call our office!