Most people may feel anxious if a dentist tells them they need root canal therapy. This is likely due to the misconception that the procedure is painful, but it’s quite the opposite! Our office uses the latest technology to ensure your complete comfort and satisfaction, leaving you with a healthy smile. Root canal therapy can restore the function and appearance of your teeth.
Multiple dental procedures, trauma, or decay can result in bacteria forming deep inside your tooth. You might feel pain or sensitivity to the affected tooth, and it might even change in appearance. Root canal therapy removes the bacteria, eliminates any infection, and replaces it with a sterile hardening agent. The result is a healthy and functional tooth.
Leaving a bacterial infection unaddressed can result in serious health complications or a necessary tooth extraction. Bacteria can spread to your other teeth and surrounding tissues, causing severe pain, disease, or even death. Getting root canal therapy can prevent these concerns.
During this multi-step procedure, we will open, clean, and repair the affected tooth. You will be under local anesthesia during your treatment. The steps following root canal therapy are listed below:
Our staff will take x-rays or scans to determine the severity of your condition. Once your anesthesia kicks in, your dentist will create a small opening at the top of the tooth to remove the decay.
Next, she will thoroughly clean and sanitize the inside of your tooth to eliminate any other traces of bacteria. Once that’s done, she’ll place a hardening agent in the opening to restore your tooth’s integrity and function.
Finally, your dentist will apply a crown over the hardening material to permanently seal the roots and give your tooth a natural appearance.
Root canal therapy can be a permanent correction for decayed teeth, but you want to ensure another infection does not occur. You’ll want to provide diligent care to your teeth by brushing, flossing, regular dental visits, and follow-up appointments. Make sure to call the office if you’re experiencing severe pain or swelling.
Call Fenton Family Dentistry if you’re interested in learning more about root canal therapy! We’re more than happy to provide expert care and lifelong comfort in our comfortable office.