Without modern technology, a diseased tooth would be lost or extracted. Today, experienced dentists like Doctors Earl and Ross can save infected teeth with a root canal treatment. Root canal therapy is not as complex or uncomfortable as you might think: This fairly simple treatment can be completed in 2-3 office visits, and can be completely pain-free with a numbing anesthetic and sedation dentistry options.
What is the Purpose of a Root Canal?
On the inside of each tooth lies the pulp, which contains soft tissues and nerves. When the pulp becomes damaged by decay, it can lead to pain, swelling, and tooth loss.
Fortunately, removing the pulp is the obvious solution. The pulp is only necessary to provide the sensation of hot or cold, so after its removal, your tooth can bite and chew normally.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Look out for warning signs of an infected tooth, including:
- Severe toothaches
- Pain when chewing
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
- Discoloration or darkening around the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
What Happens During a Root Canal?
When you choose the right dental office, you can enjoy a stress-free root canal.
Root canal treatment requires 1-3 visits to our office. Our doctors and staff will ensure that you are comfortable with the procedure before it begins. We provide a local anesthetic to numb the area, and sedation dentistry options for patients who would like an extra relaxing appointment.
Your doctor will remove the damaged tissue from the tooth, clean the area, and then fill it with a rubbery material. At a followup appointment, they will restore the tooth with a dental crown or filling.
After your root canal, you can enjoy a smile that is once again safe and functional. Give us a call to find out more about your oral health today!