Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy
We typically don’t think about root canal therapy until our dentists tell us that something is wrong. Root canals are tiny passageways traveling from beneath the top of the tooth to the tip of the tooth and are a significant part of your dental health. Teeth can have one to four of these canals and when one of them becomes infected or affected by trauma, it can cause an enormous amount of discomfort. The most common reason for root canal therapy is the accumulation of bacteria in your tooth’s canal.
Before root canal therapy was developed, infected teeth had to be extracted. Luckily today, root canal therapy allows our team to remove the diseased tissue and save the affected tooth.
This treatment 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 in your mouth, it may affect the root canal. The infection can spread to the inner chamber of the tooth, called the pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. Problems in the inner tooth can cause various symptoms that include:
- Severe tooth pain when chewing or biting down
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to cold or warm temperatures
- Swelling around infected 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 immediately to schedule an appointment.
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Root canal therapy varies in length and can take between one and three visits. During the first visit, one of our doctors will drill a small hole through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. We will then remove the diseased tissue and clean and disinfect. The root canals are then reshaped. Elastic material and medication fill the chambers to prevent infection.
Typically, root canal therapy is painless and creates minimal discomfort.
What to Expect After Root Canal Therapy
A follow-up appointment will take place after your procedure to remove the temporary filling in your tooth’s canal. The dentist will put a crown on the tooth or use regular filling for protection. This will ensure a complete and healthy recovery of the infected tooth. Your mouth may feel sensitive a few days after the treatment, but this is normal. This restored tooth typically lasts a lifetime with proper dental care!
To ensure that you won’t need to go through this procedure again, practice good dental habits! Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist often will prevent infection in your teeth! These preventative measures will increase the longevity and maintain the health of your smile.
Root Canal Therapy with Tower Dental Associates
Our team of professional and experienced dental associates are trained to determine whether or not you need root canal therapy. If you are unsure, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We can determine if this treatment is right for you!