Root canal therapy

Nothing can hurt your smile more than a having a cavity

Cavities can cause damage to your teeth and some pain. Our dentists recommend preventing or treating cavities as soon as possible. When a cavity is left untreated, the decay spreads more and more into the damaged tooth. Soon enough, the pulp of the tooth is infected and begins to damage the blood vessels and nerves; this can lead to an infection of the bone around the tooth that can cause extreme swelling and pain.The only procedure that our team of dentists can perform to save your tooth is root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is a one of our dental procedure that removes the infected pulp and repairs the damaged tooth. This article will allow you to know if you need a root canal, help feel more comfortable about our root canal therapy and inform you of the after-care of the therapy.

You will know if you need a root canal if you feel extreme pain in a certain tooth or an area of your mouth, Other symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to the heat or coolness of meals
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Lymph nodes/bone/gum tissue drainage and tenderness

There are extremely rare cases where there are no symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms listed above, you should speak to one of our dentist about root canal therapy.

Dental fillings

The procedure can be completed in one to two visits to our office

Performed by one of our skilled endodontists. Your endodontist will take x-rays of the damaged tooth and you will be given a local anesthetic. When your tooth is completely numb, your endodontist will isolate the tooth with a protective sheet called a dental dam that will protect your tooth from your saliva during the root canal. Then your endodontist will make an opening in the crown of the damaged tooth, and with clean the infected pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal are then shaped and filled with a rubber-like material. This material is then mixed with an adhesive cement to close off the root canals. It is common for your endodontist or dentist to place a post inside your tooth if it lacks structure. Usually, a temporary dental filling is used to seal the crown of the tooth and will be removed by your dentist before your tooth is completely restored. After your visit with our endodontist, you will need to see one of our dentists to have a crown placed to protect and restore your tooth.

Dental implants

Your newly restored tooth will require some maintenance

Regular visits to our office. One of our dentists will need to examine and take x-rays of your restored tooth to ensure all signs of infection have been cleared. Afterward our dentist gives you the all clear, it is very important that you take excellent care of your teeth and gums after root canal therapy. You will need additional twice a year dental cleanings and exams as well as a disciplined oral care routine at home.
Our team of highly skilled dentists are here to help you restore your smile and keep your teeth beautiful. Feel free to call our office and receive more information from one of our dentists.