Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

stewart root canalWhen our teeth become infected we need treatment to avoid uncomfortable symptoms, as well as the risk of losing the tooth completely. In order to address an infection and improve oral health, we may suggest a root canal procedure. Do you need root canal therapy? How does this endodontic procedure work?

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Question: Why do our teeth become infected?

Answer: Infection occurs when bacteria comes into contact with the inner pulp, the tooth’s living nerve center. This can happen if the tooth has severe decay or becomes cracked or broken. Without treatment, an infection may eventually kill the pulp, causing the tooth to die and require removal to halt the spread of infection.

Question: How do I know if I should see a dentist?

Answer: Warning signs of an infected teeth include toothaches, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks, pain when biting or chewing, and swelling near the tooth. You may also encounter foul tasting discharges from the tooth, as well as a fever. Don’t ignore these warning signs. Your dentist can diagnose the source of your discomfort and if necessary, offer treatment.

Question: How does the root canal procedure work?

Answer: First, we will administer a local anesthetic and then open the tooth. After removing the infected tissue, the doctor thoroughly cleans and disinfects the tooth and root canals. A restorative filling material, gutta percha, is then placed inside the tooth. Finally, a dental crown is placed over the tooth.

Question: Will my tooth look natural afterward?

Answer: Yes. We use a dental crown to complete the procedure because the restoration is strong and protects the tooth from any further decay or infection. In addition, the crown is custom-made using lifelike materials, allowing the restoration to blend with the rest of your smile.