Preserving Teeth with Root Canal Treatment
If you’re like most people, you likely want to enjoy your natural teeth for as long as possible. But when teeth have become infected, they are often in danger of needing to be removed. Luckily, there is an alternative to this for many cases: root canal treatment. A root canal can preserve your tooth by removing its nerve and pulp (where the infection lies) and repairing the area, maintaining both the look and function of your tooth and eliminating the discomfort that typically comes with infection. Read on to find out if you could benefit from this simple, yet effective, procedure.
When Might a Root Canal Be Needed?
We may recommend root canal treatment if you have the following signs of tooth infection:
- Oral pain when eating or putting pressure on the tooth
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
- Swelling of the gums, mouth, face, neck or area near the infected tooth
- Headaches or jaw pain
- Tooth pain from a broken, cracked or otherwise damaged tooth
What to Expect During a Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is typically performed over the course of two dental visits. During the first visit, your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. The process will start with the removal of the nerve and infected pulp of the tooth; this process is performed via an opening made in the crown of the tooth. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are then flushed and cleaned thoroughly, to ensure that no more infection remains. The root canals are then dried, and medication is sometimes used to further clear the infection. The interior of the tooth is then filled with a dental compound, or permanent filling. In some cases (when there is a higher risk of tooth fracture), a temporary crown is placed over the tooth for added protection, with a permanent crown placed on the second dental visit.
Why Choose Us for Your Root Canal?
At our practice, we have ample experience helping patients preserve the integrity of their teeth through root canal treatment. We make a careful, thorough examination of each patient’s mouth in order to plan the best treatment to fit their needs. We know that, given the choice, most people would like to keep their natural teeth for as long as possible, so we do everything we can to preserve the health and function of your teeth. If you are in need of root canal treatment, we can assure you that you will get the most comfortable, effective treatment at our office.
Contact Us to Learn About Your Treatment Options
A tooth preserved through root canal treatment can last a lifetime. If you have an infected tooth, whether it is causing pain or not, let us help you to restore a healthy, happy mouth through root canal treatment. To learn more about whether root canal treatment would benefit you, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dental professionals.