Rediscover Comfort: Root Canal Treatment

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Rediscover Comfort: Root Canal Treatment

Removal used to be the only option when faced with a tooth that had diseased or injured pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth). Now, root canal therapy is the treatment of choice to cure such infections and save the tooth.

By preserving the tooth, root canal therapy can prevent the problems to adjacent teeth that extraction (tooth pulling) can cause. This will help you better maintain your oral health and avoid potential problems in the future.

Understanding Root Canals

Root canal treatment, contrary to some misconceptions, isn’t a daunting experience.  At our DC dentist office, we make it as straightforward and comfortable as any other procedure.

So why would you need a root canal?  Typically, the main culprit is often deep decay or a damaged tooth, allowing bacteria to get into your tooth’s pulp chamber, leading to infection and lots of swelling and inflammation.

If that happens, you might experience:

  • Severe toothache
  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swelling and/or tenderness

Ignoring this condition not only escalates your discomfort but will put you at risk for other issues. If left untreated, the infection can spread, leading to abscess formation or systemic infection. Ultimately, the tooth may need to be removed.  Please don’t let that happen!

The Root Canal Procedure at Dental Town DC

Root canals are typically performed by our dentist who will remove the infected or inflamed pulp from inside your tooth, and then fill it and seal it.

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. X-Ray and Anesthesia: First, we will take an X-ray to get a visual of your root canals and check the extent of the damage. Next up is administering local anesthesia to numb the area.
  2. Pulp Removal: A small opening in the tooth is created so we can access the infected pulp, and then carefully remove it.
  3. Cleaning and Sealing: The final internal portion is where we thoroughly clean and disinfect the treated area.  We then fill and seal it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
  4. Tooth Restoration: Finally, we restore your tooth with a crown for protection and to restore it to normal functionality.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

The benefits of root canal treatment are many with the most important one being it alleviates your pain and saves your natural tooth.  This treatment is also typically less expensive than alternative treatments like implants.

Root Canal Treatment Vs. Alternatives

Although root canal treatment is generally the most effective, there are alternative treatments. Dental implants or bridges may be an option if the tooth can’t be saved.  We are happy to discuss these alternatives with you.

Why Choose Dental Town DC for Your Root Canal Treatment?

At Dental Town DC, we understand the apprehension many feel at the mention of a root canal. That’s why we strive to provide a comfortable, stress-free environment and employ the latest techniques to ensure your procedure is as painless as possible.

We proudly offer a full range of services under one roof, from cosmetic dentistry to restorative procedures. We’re equipped to follow up your root canal treatment with a crown or other restorative work, if needed, to ensure you leave our office with a healthy, happy smile.

Remember, regular dental cleanings and checkups are your first line of defense against severe dental problems. However, should you need more extensive care, such as root canal treatment, Dental Town DC is here to help.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward a pain-free, healthier smile.

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