Dental Health and Root Canals
A root canal can save a tooth that would otherwise not survive due to severe damage, infection or decay. Although there is a popular misconception that root canals are painful, they are in fact a comfortable general dental procedure that is designed to bring patients out of pain. If you are experiencing discomfort from an infected tooth, trust Memorial Park Dental Spa for top quality root canal therapy. Our office goes above and beyond to help patients feel relaxed and at ease during their dental visits. Whether you are here for a routine cleaning or root canal therapy, we offer amenities and technology that preserve your comfort at every step. Our procedures are often performed with sedation dentistry for a pain-free and relaxing experience.
What is the purpose of a root canal?
If a tooth is cracked or has extensive decay, bacteria can penetrate the center of the tooth and cause an infection. Once the pulp of the tooth is infected, it can cause significant pain, swelling and the formation of a dental abscess. If left untreated, the surrounding jawbone can be affected and your overall health may be compromised. In order to save a diseased or dying tooth, a root canal must be performed.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
Teeth that require a root canal are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal can include the following:
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Pain upon chewing pressures
- Dark discoloration of a tooth
- Severe toothache
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
What happens during a root canal?
Your root canal therapy at Memorial Park Dental Spa may involve one to three visits. During your procedure, Dr. Thomas carefully removes the diseased tooth pulp. Rest assured that this nerve center of your tooth is not vital to its health or function in any way. Next, the tooth center will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite to restore its structure and function. For patients that had severe decay, a dental crown may be placed after your root canal to strengthen it properly.
To learn more about our how root canal treatment can save your smile and eliminate your pain, please contact Memorial Park Dental Spa today to schedule your appointment. We do our best to offer flexible appointment times and see patients as soon as possible when they are experiencing dental pain.