Root Canal Therapy

Root canals often get a bad rap, but this dental procedure is safe, relatively painless, and can actually save your tooth and smile.

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Root Canal Therapy

Your dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth to detect if there is an infected tooth. The treated are will be numbed with local anesthesia. Then, a sheet of rubber will be placed in order to prevent your mouth from losing saliva during the procedure.

A drill is used to remove the infected pulp and the canal cleaned out using root canal files. Any remaining tooth decay is rinsed with a sodium hypochlorite solution or water. After the canal is cleaned, it must be sealed to maintain your natural tooth. To seal the tooth, we will use a gutta-percha (rubber paste) to fill the canal. If there is additional dental work needed such as crown placement, your dentist will inform you of the next steps to take. Your once infected tooth is now cleansed of bacteria leading to superior dental health.

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After treatment, we may place a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your restoration is complete. Your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days. However, this discomfort may be relieved by taking over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications as directed. It is also recommended to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have your full restoration.
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Root Canal Signs

Some signs and symptoms that you may need to undergo root canal therapy include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when you put pressure on your tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gum abscess

Root canal therapy can help you keep your tooth for an entire lifetime. Contact Premier Dentistry to schedule an appointment to save your tooth today.

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