Do I need root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy, often simply referred to as a “root canal,” is a dental procedure designed to treat infections or damage within the innermost layer of a tooth, known as the pulp. This pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue and can become infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or trauma.

During a root canal procedure, the infected or damaged pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent further infection. This process helps to save the tooth from extraction and alleviate pain and discomfort associated with the infection.

While general dentists are trained to perform root canals, complex cases or situations requiring specialized expertise may be referred to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating dental pulp and performing root canal therapy. Endodontists have advanced training and experience in diagnosing and treating complex root canal cases, ensuring optimal outcomes for patients.

In some cases, despite efforts to save the tooth with root canal therapy, extraction may be a more practical or advisable option. This may be the case if the tooth is severely damaged or if the infection is too extensive to be effectively treated with a root canal. Your dentist will carefully evaluate your individual situation and discuss the best treatment options for your specific needs.

After successful root canal therapy, it’s essential to protect and strengthen the treated tooth with a dental crown. A crown provides added support and helps to prevent the tooth from fracturing, ensuring its long-term durability and functionality.

Root canal therapy typically involves three stages:

  1. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: Your dentist will perform a thorough examination, including X-rays and possibly other imaging tests, to assess the extent of the infection and plan the appropriate treatment. If necessary, they may refer you to an endodontist for specialized care.
  2. Root Canal Procedure: During the procedure, the dentist or endodontist will numb the affected tooth and surrounding area with local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. They will then create a small opening in the tooth to access the infected pulp, remove the damaged tissue, and clean and disinfect the root canals. Once cleaned, the canals are filled and sealed to prevent recontamination.
  3. Restoration: After the root canal procedure is complete, the tooth may require further restoration with a dental crown to restore its strength, function, and appearance. The crown is custom-made to match the shape and color of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and long-lasting solution.

At Earlwood Dental Care, we’re committed to providing the highest standard of care for root canal therapy. With state-of-the-art technology, including advanced instruments and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) imaging, we ensure precise and effective treatment for our patients. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a dental infection or have been advised to undergo root canal therapy, schedule a consultation with our experienced team to discuss your options and receive the care you need.

If you’re experiencing pain, don’t put it off any longer. Get it checked by one of our experienced dentists for your health and peace of mind.