When a tooth is damaged by decay or infection, root canal therapy can be used to help save the tooth and restore it to normal function. By saving the tooth Dr. Connelly can avoid the need to invest in an implant. If done correctly a root canals are highly successful and can last a lifetime.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
In order to save a damaged tooth and prevent extraction the pulp, nerves and bacteria have to be removed, leaving behind the shell of the tooth. Pulp is the living tissue inside your tooth that gives it life. By removing the infection along with the pulp and replacing it with sterile dental material, Dr. Connelly can help restore normal function to your tooth. The shell of your natural tooth will serve as an implant supported by dental material.
A root canal is usually completed in one or two appointments to our St. Johns. During the first appointment your tooth will be numbed and an opening is made in order to access the inside allowing the removal of the pulp, nerve tissue and bacteria. The inside of the tooth is then sterilized and filled with biocompatible material and composite filling. You’ll then return about a week later to have a crown placed to help restore function and prevent infection.
Signs You Might Need Root Canal Therapy
If you notice any kind of significant change or discomfort with your teeth or gums, it’s a good idea to see your St. Johns dentist. However, there are some symptoms that may be a sign that you are in need of a root canal to save your tooth. Some of these signs include:
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity: hot or cold
- An abscess or pimple on the gums
It’s important to note that not every patient experiences symptoms. Likewise, no symptoms is no reason not to see your dentist regularly. Getting professional exams every six months can help identify dental health problems early before they have a chance to do any long term or permanent damage to your smile.
Contact Dr. Connelly About Root Canal Therapy Today
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms, come see your St. Johns dentist to see what the best course of treatment is to restore your smile and prevent further damage. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!