Root Canal Therapy
What is root canal therapy?
The inner part of your tooth contains pulp, composed of nerves and blood vessels, that fills the root canals of your inner teeth. The pulp can become infected due to tooth decay, fracture, or trauma. During root canal therapy, we remove the damaged pulp, clean the root canal system and seal it. This process saves the natural tooth and allows you to avoid a bridge, bone graft, and dental implant.
At Wells Endodontics, root canal treatment is comfortable and pain-free. The tooth is numb for the entire procedure (and some hours after), and any discomfort after the procedure is typically well controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Most people find that having a root canal is similar to having a filling done and, if they had a toothache prior to the procedure, they are relieved to find that it is gone with the removal of the infection. If you are nervous about having a root canal, we can set your mind at ease to help you have a comfortable, pain-free experience in our office.
Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth!
No artificial crown, dental implant or other prosthesis can ever measure up to the strength, function and aesthetic qualities of your natural tooth. Best practices in dentistry are to save teeth rather than extract them whenever possible, and it is through the process of endodontics that damaged teeth are saved.
Reasons to get Root Canal Therapy:
- Severe Tooth Decay: Where the decay is extensive, in or approaching the root system.
- Fractured Teeth: Any fracture in the tooth is an invitation for bacteria to enter the root areas and cause infection, eventually compromising the entire tooth.
- Dead Nerves: This is a sure sign that extensive damage has been done to the tooth roots.
- Infections and Abscesses: Abscessed teeth have infected roots, and only a thorough root canal treatment can save the tooth at this point.
Symptoms to look for:
- Pain, swelling or redness around tooth
- Darkening of the tooth (discoloration)
- Pain while chewing
If you have any of these signs of infection in your mouth, schedule your appointment with Wells Endodontics. The sooner you are seen by a professional, the more likely you will be able to save your tooth.
What can I expect during root canal therapy?
First, the tooth will be anesthetized. Once it is numb, a dental dam will be placed over the tooth to isolate it. Next, we will make an opening in the crown of the tooth and clean the infected pulp out of the chamber. The chamber is then filled and a filling or temporary crown is placed on top to protect the area. The procedure doesn’t take much longer than a filling, and you will be just as comfortable. The final crown will be restored by your general dentist.