Root Canal Lakewood

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special medicated dental materials which help to restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.  Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the best and only solution, but what is often not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present
  • Swelling and/or tenderness

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
  • Infection or an abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and depending on complexity may be performed at our office or possibly by an endodontist (root canal specialist).

While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.  An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the nerve tissue and bacteria.  If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with a temporary filling. After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth continues to heal.

Approximately a week later, most teeth that have root canal treatment need a crown (cap) placed unless the root canal therapy was performed on a previously crowned tooth.  This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function. Few teeth that have root canal therapy will only need a filling to seal the root canal.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment.  Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

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