Root Canal Therapy
When decay or infection has been allowed to reach the inner pulp of the tooth, root canal therapy is almost always recommended. The procedure is done quickly and easily in the office and it is one of the most common dental treatments done in-office. An exam and x-ray will need to be done prior to having the procedure completed.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy involves removing the infected or decayed pulp of the tooth to save the structure and prevent it from becoming loose or developing other issues. The pulp houses all of the nerves to the tooth, so most people who are in need of root canal therapy complain about severe pain and sensitivity prior to having the procedure done
When is it needed?
There are several reasons for why root canal therapy is recommended. Obviously, a thorough examination of the tooth as well as a comprehensive x-ray will help to further determine if it is needed. Some of the reasons why this procedure may be recommended to you include:
- Decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth
- The pulp of the tooth has been affected by infection
- The tooth has cracked, broken or fractured to the point of exposing the pulp
What are the signs that a Root Canal might be needed?
There are specific signs indicating that you may need a Root Canal which include:
- Serious teeth pain when eating or chewing
- Pain when you put pressure on the area
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed
- Swelling in the area of the gums surrounding the infected tooth
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Discomfort from slight to extreme around the infected tooth.
What to expect with the procedure?
Root canal therapy involves removing the inner pulp of the tooth that has become severely infected with specialized instruments The inner pulp of the tooth, which houses the nerves and blood vessels, has become so infected that in order to save the tooth the pulp needs to be removed. Once the pulp has been removed, a medicated filler will be added into the canals to further protect the tooth and stop the spread of infection. Any signs of decay are removed from the tooth and filled with composite material. Usually a crown will be placed on the top of the tooth and will restore function and strength to your tooth.
If you feel like you need a root canal or would like to inquire more about this procedure please call our office and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.