With expert precision, we can give you a comfortable root canal treatment and save your smile.
A root canal, or endodontic therapy, is performed on teeth with an infected inner pulp. The inner pulp of the tooth contains its nerves and soft tissues. When it becomes damaged, it must be removed before the decay spreads.
Deep decay or a crack can allow bacteria to seep into the inner pulp, leading to infection. If you have an infected pulp, you have two options: Tooth extraction or root canal therapy.
Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but with our modern endodontic techniques and caring professionals, we are confident that your experience will exceed your expectations. With anesthetics, your procedure should be no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.
Root canals are often preferred to tooth extraction because it spares the natural tooth. The tooth is strengthened by a crown instead of replaced by a bridge or implant.
Who Needs a Root Canal?
A dental infection can cause significant pain, and can affect the whole body. It is important to watch for these symptoms:
- Frequent pain in the tooth or surrounding gums
- Large, visible damage or decay
- Sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure
- A foul taste or odor near the affected tooth
- Pus drainage
- Swollen lymph nodes
Any of these signs may warn that you are suffering from an infection.
Even if these symptoms are unfamiliar to you, it is better to catch infection, decay, and disease before its symptoms appear. Come in for your regular dental exams to make sure you know everything about your oral health.
Giving you a Successful Procedure at Spring Dental
- Before the procedure, your Spring Dental dentists will examine your x-rays and discuss with you what treatment might be best.
- If root canal therapy is the procedure for you, we will begin by anesthetizing the mouth. You should feel no pain during your procedure. We also provide sedation options.
- The dentist will place a rubber-like dam into the mouth to isolate the tooth.
- Your dentist will open the top of the tooth and remove the damaged pulp. He will thoroughly clean the root canal passageways to prevent future infections.
- The dentist will clean the areas with antiseptic solutions and seal it with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha.
- He will place a temporary filling, until your next appointment, when he will install a permanent crown.
- We will help you through your short recovery period, so you can begin enjoying your healthy smile.
Stay up-to-date with your oral health so that you can live a worry-free life. Call Spring Dental to learn more today.