Root Canal Treatment
If the inner portion of a tooth is damaged or infected, root canal treatment is needed in order to save the tooth from extraction. Timely administration of root canal treatment can save the part of the tooth above the gums, prevent tooth loss, minimize the risk of further damage and eliminate the need for expensive and extensive dental procedures later.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as swelling in the gums, a recurring tooth abscess or pimple on the gums, or bleeding from the tooth and gums, you may be suffering from a root canal infection. This calls for immediate attention and treatment to save your oral health from damage. Delaying treatment is not a good option in this case because the infection will continue to cause further damage that could lead to tooth loss and the need for more serious and expensive treatment.
The procedure of performing a root canal treatment begins with administration of local anesthesia. The tooth is isolated from the other areas of the mouth by placing a dental dam around it. Once the tooth is numb, a hole is drilled in the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The infected pulp portion is then removed and the canals are flushed, before filling them with a material called gutta percha. A temporary filling is placed to restore the tooth. At your next visit, the temporary filling material is removed a custom dental crown is cemented onto the tooth to restore it and protect it from fracturing and breakage.
Against popular belief, the pain caused during a root canal procedure is much less than the pain caused by the infection itself. If you are experiencing any discomfort in your teeth, contact our office for a consultation today. You can call our experts at (586) 248-4438..