Ongoing tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and swollen gums could each be indicators of a tooth in need of root canal therapy. A root canal saves the tooth from further damage and eventual loss, by cleaning out the canal of the tooth and replacing the infected tooth pulp with a safe filling material. A crown is then used to cover the tooth for maximum protection.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal therapy, repairs an infected tooth by treating it from the inside. If you have pain or sensitivity in your teeth, a root canal may:
- Provide relief from ongoing pain and sensitivity
- Remove the bacteria that is causing the infection
- Save an infected or damaged tooth from extraction
- Deliver long-term health benefits by eradicating the infection
- Protect your teeth and gums from further damage
What To Expect
Endodontic treatment involves two stages; the actual treatment and the final restoration. During the treatment phase, we use numbing agents to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Our goal at this stage is to remove the bacteria and inflamed tissue in the tooth that is causing the infection and discomfort. Typically, the cleaned canal is then sealed off to prevent reinfection from bacteria.
The restoration stage of treatment involves the process of placing a dental crown on the treated tooth. This restores the function of your tooth to it’s normal state while providing protection to keep it from breaking.
Don't Delay a Root Canal
If you’ve experienced even mild to moderate discomfort in your mouth, don’t put off an exam. Delaying treatment could result in greater complications and more expensive work down the road. Schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Zanesville, Ohio or Logan, Ohio.