Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a necessary procedure to save teeth from decay and infection. In order for the patient's mouth feel normal again, they will have their pulp removed so that space may be filled with special materials which restore function of tooth in its entirety.

Having a root canal done on your tooth is the only way to save you from losing that particular piece of anatomy. The procedure can be quite painful, but in return patients will have their teeth saved and not suffer through any further pain or discomfort due do complications caused by extraction (pulling) procedures for whatever reason; even if there's no issue .

Root canal treatments are highly successful and usually last a lifetime, but on occasion you may need to have your teeth retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
  • .Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure is a necessary treatment for some dental problems. If your tooth becomes inflamed or if you have an infected one, then this may require multiple appointments with either the dentist of endodontist (a specialist).

While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around it to keep it dry and free from saliva. An access opening on top with special dental instruments are used for cleaning out any infection or bacteria left behind by this process before proceeding further into root canal treatment if necessary.

Once a tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, the dentist will seal it with either a permanent filling or temporary one.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, your dentist will fill and seal all of those pesky little holes with special materials that should keep them from growing back. In addition to filling in any cavities on top if you've got one (don't worry- they won't hurt), he'll put crowns around each tooth so as not breakage or sensitivity anymore! After healing has completed treatment may still make sense but just for sensitiveness until inflammation dies down completely after which everything returns normalcy once again.