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ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments are not painful! Thanks to modern dental technology and procedures, most patients undergoing a root canal treatment with us find the entire experience no more painful than having a filling placed! And the benefits of getting a root canal when one is needed far outweigh the slight discomfort. Root canal, or endodontic, therapy can save your natural tooth, which is always the ideal case. Endodontic therapy also has a very high success rate, and with good care many treated teeth can last a lifetime.

The good news is that gum disease is almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular dental check ups. In its early stage, it can usually be reversed simply by brushing and flossing daily and properly, and perhaps a regular cleaning at Forest Lane Dental. And even in moderate to advanced stages, it can often still be reversed with appropriate dental treatment. Your oral health is important, and we take it seriously. We offer scaling and root planing, dental crown lengthening, and bone grafting to fight gum disease and restore your oral health. Contact us today to learn more about gum disease treatment or to schedule an appointment with us.

When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?

  • Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected or damaged. When the pulp is damaged, it begins to break down and bacteria multiplies within the pulp chamber, eventually causing an infection or abscessed tooth. There are many possible causes of damaged tooth pulp, including: an untreated crack or chip in the tooth, deep decay, repeated dental procedures, large fillings, or trauma to the mouth or face.

Signs and Symptoms

​Although your dentist will determine whether or not endodontic treatment is necessary to save your tooth via examination and x-rays, there are some common signs and symptoms to indicate when root canal therapy could be needed:

  • -Tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure

  • -Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold

  • -Discoloration of tooth

  • -Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums, lymph nodes

  • -Persistent or recurring pimples on the gums

  • ​However, it is important to know that sometimes there are no symptoms, yet a tooth can still be infected or damaged. An infected tooth must be treated as soon as possible, since infection in a single tooth can spread to other teeth, the surrounding gums and even into the bone, face, neck or head, causing further serious health complications.
     

  • Our Dentist will first examine the patient’s x-rays to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in the surrounding area. Then, our dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area to ensure that the patient feels relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Using specialized instruments, docters make an opening in the crown of the tooth and carefully cleans and disinfects the dental pulp from the pulp chambers and root canals, and shapes the space for filling. After space is thoroughly cleaned and shaped, a biocompatible filler material (usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha) is placed inside the tooth to seal and protect it. Often, a dental restoration such as a crown will also be placed in order to strengthen and fully restore the tooth’s function.

The Procedure

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If you have any questions or are ready to schedule your appointment, please contact us today!

Dedicated to going above and beyond to offer superior, comprehensive and convenient dental care for all, with a specialization in restorative and implant dentistry.

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