When people hear the term “root canal” they generally don’t have a positive association with it. Fortunately, many of the prior conceptions people have about root canals are simply untrue, especially when you have experts performing them. When you’re told you need a root canal, it’s because your tooth can be saved. This is much better than needing an extraction, which dentists will go out of their way to avoid if they aren’t necessary.
Summit Boulevard Dental prides itself on having an endodontist in the practice, making your overall treatment more convenient and ensuring your care is in the most trained hands possible. Contact our office today to learn more about treatment and how your oral health can benefit from root canal therapy!
Technically, a root canal refers to the area containing the most vulnerable parts of the tooth, such as the nerves and the pulp. Also referred to as the inner tooth, root canals can easily develop an infection if exposed to oral bacteria. How does this bacteria reach the inner tooth in the first place? The answer is simply damaged enamel as a result of decay or injury.
Root canal therapy is a very common dental procedure performed in practices all over the country and the world. This treatments restores the inner tooth and allows the tooth to remain healthy inside the mouth, rather than require an extraction. It’s the last resort patients have to keep their natural tooth.
During treatment, the inner tooth is accessed through the crown, allowing our endodontist to remove infected tissue and clear the canal to prevent future infections. After the canal is free of damaged tissue and irrigated, we’ll place a rubber-like substance called gutta percha to protect the canal from future damage and restore your normal chewing. Once filled, the tooth is sealed with a crown on top.
As mentioned, root canals are performed when infections have developed inside the inner tooth. However, you may not realize you have an infection until you start to notice certain symptoms, including pain, swelling, fever or severe sensitivity, either from specific stimuli or at all times. In other cases, you may need an X-ray to confirm that an infection is present.
While general dentists can perform root canals, it’s always better to have an endodontist perform them if you have the option. Dr. Tim Adams is the designated in-house specialist in endodontics at Summit Boulevard Dental and is fully qualified to perform simple and complex root canal treatments. His advanced training and education ensures your smile is in good hands.