Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are normally not thought about until something goes wrong, but they’re essential parts of our teeth. Root canals are tiny passageways traveling from beneath the top of the tooth to the tip of the tooth. Teeth have between one and four of these root canals. When one of these canals is affected by trauma or an infection, it can cause various symptoms of discomfort.
Before root canal therapy was developed, infected teeth had to be extracted. With root canal therapy, the doctor can remove the diseased tissue and in turn, save the affected tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success at stopping the spread of infection and restoring health.
Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy
When an infection occurs, it may affect the root canal. The infection can spread to the pulp, the inner chamber of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. Problems in the inner tooth can cause various symptoms such as:
- Severe tooth pain when chewing or biting down
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to cold or warm temperatures
- Swelling around affected tooth
- Small pockets of pus around the tooth
- Discoloration of the tooth
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact Tower Dental Associates in Gainesville, Fl immediately to schedule an appointment. Our doctors will take time to evaluate your symptoms and affected areas to determine if root canal therapy is right for you.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Root canal therapy varies in length and can take between one and three visits. During the first visit, the dentist drills a small hole through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber and removes the diseased tissue. The inner chamber of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected, and the root canals are reshaped. Elastic material and medication fill the chambers to prevent infection.
Typically, root canal therapy is painless and creates minimal discomfort. Root canal therapy can restore a tooth and last as long as its healthy original.