Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a form of treatment utilized in order to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. This treatment involves the removal of the pulp and the nerves of the tooth, and cleaning of the infected area. If the treatment is not performed, pus builds up at the tip of the root, and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. This can result in severe pain and swelling, and potentially having your tooth removed.
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?
First, an opening is made in the crown of the tooth in order to access the pulp chamber. Once the infected pulp is removed, the canal will be thoroughly cleaned. There may be certain situations in which your Peoria cosmetic dentist decides to complete the root canal in multiple visits. In this case, a temporary filling would be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the temporary filling would be removed, canal re-cleaned, and a permanent filling or crown placed over the tooth.
Due to a high success rate and inconspicuous nature, root canal therapy is a top procedure used to save your teeth for a lifetime.
To find out more about root canal therapy and if it may be a solution to your tooth pain, call your Peoria family dental care today at (309) 688-7321 or Click Here to schedule an appointment.