Root canal therapy has a bad reputation, but at D Smiles Family Dentistry, we want to change your mind about this restorative dentistry service. Prior to root canal treatment, patients experience a severe toothache and dental sensitivity. This happens because tooth decay or damage has directly accessed the nerve system of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve is housed deep within the pulp system and connects to the body through the root canals. When damage to the tooth nerve occurs, we will recommend root canal therapy to remove the damaged tissue and restore the form and function of the tooth.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS?
Contact our team right away if you experience any of the following warning signs that indicate a need for root canal therapy:
- A severe toothache with sharp pain when you bite down and/or chronic throbbing pain
- Sensitivity that lingers caused by changes in temperature
- Discoloration of tooth enamel, especially dark spots at the gum line
- Infection or inflammation in the gum tissue around the pained tooth
WHAT IS THE ROOT CANAL PROCESS LIKE?
The root canal process typically takes a few appointments to complete. If there is an infection in or around the tooth, you may need to complete a course of antibiotics before we begin the root canal procedure. Once you’re infection free, we numb the area around the damaged tooth, drill a hole to the internal pulp layer, and remove the entire pulp and nerve tissue. Next, the tooth is refilled with a similar substance, and the access hole is resealed. In most cases, we will then prepare the tooth to be fitted with a dental crown. This added layer of structure protects the treated tooth from further damage.