We use root canal therapy to save teeth that otherwise may require a dental extraction. Many patients would rather save their natural teeth than face ongoing treatment to replace a missing tooth or suffer with a gap in their smiles.
Root canals have long been one of the most feared procedures in dentistry.
Today, however, dentistry has evolved to the point where root canal therapy is no longer the painful procedure is once was. It's time to look past the bad reputation of the root canal and see if for the valuable, pain-relieving procedure it actually is.
Your root canal is the area of your tooth that houses the pulp and nerve. Sometimes this part of the tooth becomes infected. This can happen due to deep dental decay, trauma, a clenching and grinding habit, or for completely unknown reasons.
When this happens, not only is the tooth painful and sensitive, the infection can also spread to other areas of the mouth as well as other teeth and put your oral health at risk. The most effective way to treat this infection is with root canal therapy.
Once the anaesthetic takes effect and you are completely numb, your dentist will create a small access in your tooth and remove any infected tissue. The interior of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned out to make sure that no infection is left. An antibiotic medication may be placed inside the tooth to prevent further infection. To complete the entire root canal treatment and place a strong filling over the top of the tooth can often take more than one appointment.
After enough time to heal properly, we will usually place a dental crown over your root canal tooth. This is necessary because the structure of the tooth will be weakened, and a restoration will protect the tooth from breakage and also allow you to chew comfortably. We offer both highly aesthetic porcelain dental crowns to protect the health and appearance of your smile, and gold crowns where strength in the posterior teeth is important and appearance is less critical.
If you have been experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, call our office. You may have an infection that could require treatment.
Sometimes, we can identify the need for a root canal at your routine dental visit before it causes pain. This is one of the reasons that regular dental x-rays are so beneficial.
Call our office to make an appointment. We can examine you and advise if root canal therapy may be necessary to get rid of your pain.