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Root Canal Therapy

Save and restore your tooth with root canal therapy, eliminating pain and infection.

Introduction to Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It's often necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The procedure can save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted, preserving natural tooth structure and maintaining oral health.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

  • Alleviates Pain: Root canal therapy effectively relieves the pain associated with tooth decay and infection.
  • Saves Natural Teeth: The procedure allows you to keep your tooth, which helps maintain your natural bite and reduces the need for further dental work.
  • Limits the Spread of Infection: By removing the infected or inflamed pulp, root canal therapy prevents the spread of infection to other teeth.
  • Improves Oral and Overall Health: Removing infection improves not only your oral health but also your overall health.

When Is Root Canal Therapy Needed?

Root canal treatment is recommended when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. Common signs include:

  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity or pain to heat or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • Persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

The root canal process typically involves the following steps:

  1. X-ray: If a dentist suspects you might need a root canal, they will first take X-rays to locate the decay.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area near the tooth.
  3. Pulpectomy: An opening is made and the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
  4. Cleaning and Sealing: The root canal is cleaned and sealed. If more than one visit is required, a temporary filling may be placed to protect the tooth until the next appointment.
  5. Final Restoration: Once the root canal is cleaned and sealed, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth.

Aftercare and Recovery

After your root canal therapy, it's normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days as your body undergoes the natural healing process. Over-the-counter pain medications may be recommended to relieve any discomfort. It's important to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it is fully restored to avoid recontamination or breakage.

Schedule Your Root Canal Consultation

If you're experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our experienced dental team is committed to providing effective, compassionate care, including root canal therapy to restore your dental health and relieve pain.

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