What is a root canal? It is the removal of a tooth infection from the tooth with the intent of saving the natural tooth from extraction.
Once the inside of the tooth becomes infected (which attacks the nerves, tissues, and root canals), the body cannot reverse the damage. A root canal must be performed as soon as possible to remove the tooth abscess. If we wait too long, the tooth might have to be extracted.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
Modern root canal treatments are actually pain-relieving procedures! With today’s technology at Artistry in Dentistry, the treatment is comparable to any other dental procedure, like getting a filling or dental crown. We use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Sedation is also an option in our office.
We prioritize the management of dental pain. We provide:
- Comfortable treatment.
- Comprehensive recovery assistance.
- Precise results.
No one is better prepared to help you with your root canal treatment than we are at Artistry in Dentistry.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
Think you might need a root canal? Look for symptoms like:
- Tooth pain.
- Hot or cold sensitivity.
- Biting sensitivity.
A chipped or broken tooth is susceptible to a tooth infection. If you are experiencing tooth pain, call our office right away.
In your case, it may be that bacteria found its way into the inner chamber of your tooth, called the root canal. The bacteria could be multiplying on the sensitive tissues and nerves that exist there. This can cause irritation and inflammation, which presses on the nerves and causes pain.
Pain alone is not the only problem. It simply alerts us that an infection is growing. The larger long-term problem is that the bacteria could spread to other teeth or even to bodily organs. Infections can cause:
- Facial swelling.
- Pressure around or inside a tooth.
- Swollen or red gums.
- Strange tastes.
Even just persistent discomfort in a tooth can be a bad sign. We’d like to give you a real diagnosis so that you can experience relief and greater health and safety.
Why Is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
As we mentioned before, when a tooth becomes infected, it cannot repair itself. Without root canal therapy, severe pain is the result. Pus may also build up and form a “pus-pocket,” or an abscess, which will destroy the bone around the teeth.
What Does Treatment Include?
Your root canal treatment involves one to three appointments, during which we will remove the damaged portion of the tooth and clean and seal the root canals. We will also place a dental crown or filling on the affected tooth to protect it from further bacteria infiltration.
If you have an infection in the root canal of your tooth, the main service to heal it is called a root canal treatment. This is a relatively fast, routine service that we can complete in one appointment for you here at Artistry in Dentistry. Here’s what we do:
- Use our state-of-the-art CT scanner as needed to detect problems inside the tooth and to plan successful root canal therapy.
- Get you comfortable in your chair—with sedation, if necessary.
- Access the root canal area and clean the bacteria out completely.
- Close up the access hole to the root canal.
- Protect the tooth from further infection and damage using a customized dental crown.
We enjoy surprising our patients by starting and finishing a root canal right on time. Your tooth should feel much better and be protected from this problem for many, many years.
Saving Teeth With Root Canal Therapy
We will make sure your smile is properly treated and restored, no matter what your needs may be. To schedule your exam, contact us at Artistry in Dentistry today.