Millions of teeth are saved every year with the help of root canal therapy. Despite its stigma, the procedure actually alleviates pain rather than causing it. At North Mountain Dentistry, we utilize cutting-edge technology and gentle techniques to ensure your time with us is comfortable and free of stress. You can always count on us for outstanding care!
What Is Root Canal Therapy and When Is It Required?
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment required to repair a tooth when its inner pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to repeated dental treatments, deep decay, fractures, or trauma. The relatively comfortable and painless procedure restores the health and integrity of a tooth that would otherwise potentially require extraction. Even though we can restore missing teeth using bridges or dental implants, maintaining a healthy, natural tooth is always our top priority.
Why Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Leaving a tooth with infected or inflamed pulp untreated can lead to complications, including severe pain and swelling. The infection can also cause an abscess, which, in turn, can result in bone loss around the tooth's roots. Root canal therapy helps you maintain the form and function of your natural tooth. With proper care, a treated tooth can last a lifetime!
What Are the Signs You Require Root Canal Therapy?
Symptoms indicating you may require root canal therapy include:
- Severe pain when biting or chewing
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay
- Darkening of the gums
- Tooth discoloration
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- A recurring pimple-like bump on the gums, indicating an abscess
In some cases, damage to the tooth pulp does not produce any symptoms. That's why we encourage our valued patients to schedule their routine dental exams and cleanings. That will allow us to uncover any underlying problems as they develop, ensuring you maintain a healthy smile.
What Is the Root Canal Therapy Procedure?
We will start by numbing the area around your tooth using a local anesthetic and may administer dental sedation, if required, for your comfort. We will make a small opening in the tooth to access the inflamed and infected tooth pulp and remove it. Next, we will carefully clean and shape the inside of the root canal and fill and seal the space.
A tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment is prone to fracture and will require a dental crown for protection. After restoration, your tooth will function just like any natural tooth.