Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is utilized in order to save an infected tooth that has been damaged due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. To treat the tooth, the pulp and nerves at the center are removed, and the area of infection cleaned. Due to the surrounding nourishing tissues in the tooth, the pulp is not necessarily needed for the tooth to survive. If root canal therapy is not sought as a form of treatment, bacterial growth can further and lead to swelling and harm of the jaw structure, removal of teeth and more.
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 into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If your Auburn MA dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the temporary filling will be removed, the canal and pulp chamber re-cleaned, and permanent filling and / or crown placed over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.
To seek pain relief thanks to root canal therapy, contact our office today by calling (508) 987-8125 or Click Here to schedule an appointment.