Root canal therapy is used for teeth affected by infection or decay. Our main goal is to save your natural tooth, so a root canal is used to remove the pulp, bacteria, nerves, and decay from the root of the tooth. Once empty, the space is filled with medicated dental materials that restore the tooth and allow it to function normally.
The alternative to a root canal is a dead tooth that needs to be removed. Removing a tooth is a costly last resort, so we’ll do everything we can to avoid extraction, which often costs more and leads to problems for adjacent teeth.
How Do You Know You Need a Root Canal?
Often, moderate to severe tooth pain is the first alert to the need for a root canal. Other symptoms might include:
It’s possible there will be no pain or symptoms, but a patient might still need a root canal. This is one of the reasons it’s so important to maintain a regular dental exam schedule, so Dr. Keisha can diagnose problems and provide treatment before discomfort sets in.
What Happens during Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal is a multi-step process that is performed by a dentist or endodontist.
Root canals performed at Aurentz Family Dental begin with Dr. Keisha applying a numbing agent and then placing a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it dry. An access opening is made into the tooth and files are placed in the opening to help with removal of the pulp, nerve tissue, bacteria, and decay.
Once the tooth is cleaned, it is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling. Follow-up treatments might be needed for additional filling and sealants, as well as a crown to protect the tooth and prevent breakage.
Most patients experience only minor discomfort or sensitivity during and after the root canal treatment, which subsides as inflammation subsides and the tooth heals.
At Aurentz Family Dental, we understand that root canal therapy can be scary, but we want to put you at ease. We offer gentle, compassionate care during your visit and will help you care for your teeth once root canal therapy is complete.