Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is utilized in order to save an infected tooth that has been damaged due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. To treat the tooth, the pulp and nerves at the center are removed, and the area of infection cleaned. Due to the surrounding nourishing tissues in the tooth, the pulp is not necessarily needed for the tooth to survive. If root canal therapy is not sought as a form of treatment, bacterial growth can further and lead to swelling and harm of the jaw structure, removal of teeth and more.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
An opening in the crown of the tooth will first be made in order to access the pulp chamber. Once the pulp and nerves are removed, the root canal will be cleaned. In certain cases your Ithaca cosmetic dentist will opt to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, so a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the temporary filling will be removed, the root canal and pulp chamber re-cleaned, and a permanent filling and / or crown will be placed on the tooth.
To get a root canal is a good thing. It is a high success rate procedure and proof that you caught an infection before it went too far and that you will be able to save a majority of the tooth's structure. Not to mention, the natural coloring of the crown or filling make it hard to notice to anyone that you ever had the procedure performed.
If you suffer from the above symptoms and believe root canal therapy may be the solution to your pain, please call (607) 272-3433 or Click Here to schedule an appointment today.