You’ve been brushing and flossing your teeth diligently and coming to our office as often as you should, so you shouldn’t have any dental issues like tooth decay, right? We wish this was always the case, as a healthy smile is a happy smile.
Unfortunately, dental issues do pop up from time to time, despite your best efforts. Let’s say that you have a toothache. What does that mean? First off, it means that you should schedule a visit with us. A toothache, along with these other symptoms, may mean that root canal therapy is needed:
- Tooth sensitivity to pressure
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures that persists after the heat or cold has been removed
- Darkening of a tooth
- A persistent pimple on the gums
- Tenderness and swelling in the gums
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is performed to remove infection from the center of a tooth. This treatment can save a badly infected tooth from extraction and can relieve pain and discomfort. The thought of having root canal therapy performed may make you nervous, but there is no reason to be! Root canal therapy is no more uncomfortable than having a dental filling placed.
What Should I Expect?
Dr. James Powell will take a look at your tooth and take X-rays to see how extensive the decay is. Be aware that if your case is complex or severe, our dentist may refer you to a specialist. If this happens, don’t worry. We will help you find a specialist and they will take good care of you.
Whether your treatment is performed at Exceptional Dentistry or at a specialist’s office, the process is essentially the same. First, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area to make sure that you are comfortable. Next, a small hole will be made in the tooth so that the infection can be removed. After the infection is removed, the root canals of your tooth will be cleaned thoroughly. An antimicrobial solution may be used to reduce the risk of more infection. Then the tooth is filled and the access hole is closed with a dental filling.
What Comes Next?
After root canal treatment, our dentist will place a dental crown to protect and strengthen your tooth. In some cases, there is not much tooth structure left after root canal therapy. If this is the case, Dr. James Powell may place a post-and-core foundation to support the crown.