Root canals offer a helpful treatment option for severe cavities and injuries. This treatment stops the spreading of infection, halts uncomfortable symptoms and saves the natural tooth. Whenever it’s possible to use it, it’s a great option for avoiding extraction or a tooth falling out.
At Linworth Family Dental, we provide root canals when our patients need them. We take care of this endodontic work in the same office you can rely on for your exams and cleanings, cosmetic treatments and the rest of your and your family’s dental care.
How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?
Pay attention to certain symptoms that may indicate the presence of an infection in the root of a tooth. You may experience pain in your tooth and sensitivity when eating or drinking something hot or cold. Your gums in a certain spot may be painful and discolored. You may also have a tooth abscess and tender lymph nodes beneath your jaw.
Root canals help to stop infection deep in the tooth base from further decaying the tooth and spreading beyond the tooth to cause further dental problems. We may also use this dental treatment if your tooth is damaged from a severe injury.
What Is the Root Canal Process?
Our team starts by taking a digital X-ray to gain a deeper view inside your tooth. This gives our dentists a clear picture of whether there is decay and the extent of it. Less severe cases of tooth decay may be fixed with fillings, inlays or onlays. If the problem is more severe and has made its way to the root of the tooth, we can turn to a root canal procedure.
Dr. Whittaker, Dr. Glasgow or Dr. Soungpradith starts with a small incision in the tooth. They take away any infected tissue from inside the root and perform a thorough cleaning of the hollowed out area. Then, they use a resin material to fill the empty space, restoring the strength of the tooth.
One of our dentists completes the process by adding a dental crown over the tooth to give a natural look, full strength and protection of the tooth underneath. Our team guides you on a proper at-home hygiene routine to help you prevent additional dental problems in the future.
Modern root canals are effective at treating the tooth decay, and technology helps us provide a better experience than the dentistry of the past. If you feel nervous about the thought of getting a root canal, ask us about sedation dentistry, which can help you feel calm during the procedure. With our IV sedation, you are not aware of the procedure and you do not remember it.
Start With a Consultation
If you have symptoms that seem to indicate a root canal, come in for a consultation appointment. A professional exam is the only way to truly know the problem. Our team uses technology to diagnose the problem and recommend an appropriate treatment, whether it’s a root canal, a filling or another service.
Our office provides a full range of dental services in-house, including endodontics, so you can rely on us to provide the treatment you need. To make your consultation appointment, call our office at 614-799-9500.