Do you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay, gum disease, or injury? Are you experiencing discomfort or pain? These are all signs of a more severely infected tooth. Once the tooth’s pulp—or the soft tissues inside your tooth—become infected, a root canal treatment becomes necessary.
With the help of root canal therapy, we aim to heal and save your natural tooth before the infection becomes so severe that we must extract it. A root canal treatment can take approximately 2-3 appointments, depending on how complex the tooth is and how long the infection takes to clear. In no time, your painful, infected tooth will be healed and restored.
Receiving Root Canal Therapy
The root canal procedure is a simple process that involves 3 main steps:
- 1. Removing the tooth’s infected pulp.
- 2. Cleaning the tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals.
- 3. Sealing the tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals.
On a later visit, we will cover the tooth with a dental crown to protect it from re-infection, cracks, and fractures, and to restore it to normal function.
Benefits of Root Canals
- Restores regular function to your teeth, including chewing, eating, and speaking.
- Rescues your tooth from decay so you can avoid a tooth extraction.
- Eliminates and prevents the spread of infection to your gums and neighboring teeth.
- Significantly reduces pain and discomfort as a result of the infection.
- Root canal treatment is simple and offers little to no discomfort for the patient.