A tooth infection, deep decay, or even dental trauma can cause a problem deep within the tooth that leaves you in pain. In an effort to save your natural tooth and relieve your pain, our team can perform root canal therapy to remove the damaged tissue. We know that the thought of a root c anal can make patients feel nervous, but rest assured that our advanced treatment is gentle and we offer sedation options to help you stay comfortable throughout the procedure.
What Is a Root Canal and Do I Need an Endodontist?
Despite common thinking, a root canal procedure isn’t something to be scared of. The procedure is gentle and can relieve your tooth pain quickly-- And you don't always need to see an expensive specialist or endodontist for most cases!
To start your endodontics treatment and care at our practice, we’ll take digital X-rays of your teeth and jaw to search your mouth to pinpoint exactly where the trouble spot is. Once you’re in the chair, we’ll numb the immediate area and isolate the tooth that we’re going to work on. If you need some sedation to help you relax while we work, let us know and we’ll administer nitrous oxide. In order to access the affected tooth structure, we’ll make a small access hole in the tooth. Through this hole, we will remove any damaged or infected pulp from the canals in the tooth’s root – that’s where the name “root canal” comes from! We’ll take another set of X-rays to ensure that all the affected tissue has been removed before filling the canals with a medication to kill any remaining bacteria. Finally, we’ll place a filling in the tooth to keep bacteria out. We often recommend that patients also get a dental crown placed on top of the tooth to give it extra strength and protection.
Call Us if You Find These Root Canal Signs
The most accurate way for us to determine if you need a root canal is to bring you in for a consultation where we take X-rays and do a visual exam. If you experience any of the following signs, call our office to schedule an appointment.
- New and/or sudden pain
- Lingering pain that may even wake you up at night
- New sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen gums
- Abscesses (sores) on gums
- Pain that radiates from a single tooth
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