For the most part, root canals have not had the most positive reputation over the years. However, you might be surprised at how easy root canal therapy is compared to what you’ve heard. Dr. Patel is an expert at performing root canals and making patients feel as comfortable as possible during their treatment. If your tooth is in significant pain or you’re noticing swelling around the tooth, it typically means that an infection is present. If you notice these symptoms, contact our dental office to schedule an appointment for the same day!
As plaque and tartar go unremoved from teeth, bacteria is more capable of breaking down every layer of tooth enamel. Once this decay reaches the center of the tooth where the soft tissue lies, an infection can easily develop. As the vulnerable tissue breaks down, it loses the ability to send essential nutrients to the tooth, causing the tooth to die. This also results in severe pain and swelling. The good news is a root canal treatment can effectively reverse the infection if caught early enough.
Root canals begin by numbing the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. This is followed by making a small access hole in the crown portion of your tooth to reach the inner tooth where the infection lies. Once we remove the bacteria inside and shape the canal, we’ll apply a material known as gutta percha to replace the removed pulp tissue. This also works to prevent infections in the future. Lastly, we’ll place a crown on top of the tooth to seal it away from oral bacteria, effectively saving your tooth and restoring its function.