Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)

save your tooth from infection, pain, and extraction

Do you have a toothache that won’t go away? Do you feel sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks? Do you notice swelling or discoloration of your tooth or gums? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need endodontic therapy, also known as root canal therapy.

What is endodontic therapy?

Endodontic therapy is a dental procedure that treats the inside of your tooth, where the pulp and the nerve are located. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The nerve is the part of the pulp that senses pain and temperature. The pulp and the nerve are essential for the development and growth of your tooth, but once your tooth is fully formed, they are not necessary for its survival.

Sometimes, the pulp and the nerve can become infected or inflamed due to various reasons, such as:

  • A deep cavity that reaches the pulp
  • A crack or fracture that exposes the pulp
  • A trauma or injury that damages the pulp
  • A repeated dental procedure that irritates the pulp

When the pulp and the nerve are infected or inflamed, they can cause severe pain, sensitivity, swelling, abscess, or even a bad taste in your mouth. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding bone and tissues, and cause serious damage to your oral health.

Endodontic therapy is performed to remove the infected or inflamed pulp and nerve, and to clean and seal the root canal of your tooth. The root canal is the space inside your tooth where the pulp and the nerve are located. By removing the source of infection and pain, endodontic therapy can save your tooth from further damage and preserve its function and esthetics.

Is endodontic therapy right for me?

If you have a tooth that is infected or damaged, you may be a candidate for endodontic therapy. However, not every tooth can be saved by endodontic therapy, and some factors may affect your eligibility for this procedure, such as:

Some factors to keep in mind that may help you determine are:

  • The extent and location of the infection or damage
  • The condition and health of your remaining tooth structure
  • Your medical history and allergies
  • Your budget and insurance coverage

The only way to determine if you need endodontic therapy is to visit us for a consultation. We will examine your mouth, take digital x-rays, and discuss your symptoms and expectations with you. We will then recommend the best course of action for your specific situation. If you have any questions about endodontic therapy or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

What are the benefits of endodontic therapy?

Endodontic therapy has many benefits for your oral health and well-being, such as:

By detecting these issues early, we can prevent them from worsening and causing more damage or pain. We can also provide you with the most effective and appropriate treatment options for your specific needs.

What are the drawbacks of endodontic therapy?

Endodontic therapy, or root canal therapy, is a dental procedure that can save your tooth from infection, pain, and extraction. However, like any medical or dental procedure, it also has some drawbacks that you should be aware of before deciding to have it.

Some of the drawbacks of endodontic therapy are:

  • It may not completely eliminate the infection or inflammation in the tooth or around the root tip.
  • It may weaken the tooth structure and make it more prone to fractures or cracks.
  • It may be more expensive and time-consuming than other types of restorations. Depending on the complexity and condition of your tooth, you may need one or two visits to complete the procedure.
  • It may cause some complications or side effects, such as pain, sensitivity, swelling, infection, allergic reaction, nerve damage, or loosening of the filling or crown.
  • It may not restore the natural appearance of your tooth. Sometimes a root canal treated tooth can become discolored or darkened over time.

These risks are rare and can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced dentist, following the pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits

How is endodontic therapy performed?

Endodontic therapy is usually performed in one or two visits to our office, depending on the complexity and condition of your tooth. The procedure involves the following steps:

The Process

  • We will take digital x-rays of your tooth to assess the extent of the infection and plan the treatment.
  • We will numb the area around your tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
  • We will place a rubber dam around your tooth to isolate it from saliva and bacteria.
  • We will make a small opening on the top of your tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canal.
  • We will use special instruments called files to remove the infected or inflamed pulp and nerve from the root canal.
  • We will use irrigation solutions to flush out any debris and disinfect the root canal.
  • We will fill and seal the root canal with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha.
  • We will restore your tooth with a temporary filling or crown until a permanent one is ready.

In some cases, we may need to place a small post inside your tooth to support the filling or crown. In some cases, we may need to refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal treatment, for more complex cases.

How do I care for my tooth after endodontic therapy?

After endodontic therapy, your tooth may feel sore or sensitive for a few days. This is normal and can be relieved by taking over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs as directed by us. You should also follow these tips to ensure a smooth recovery:

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If you are interested in endodontic therapy or want to learn more about them, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon!