If you are suffering from severe pain because of an abscessed or decayed tooth, root canal therapy can give you the necessary relief from pain and restore your tooth to health. At Armitage Dental, we offer effective root canal therapy for our patients and help repair the tooth, stop the pain, and ensure your comfort.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a highly effective treatment for saving a severely decayed tooth from extraction. The inside of a tooth has a pulp chamber that contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that support the development of your tooth's roots. When the pulp in this chamber becomes severely infected, it becomes crucial to extract the infected pulp to prevent tooth loss and other potentially serious conditions. Root canal therapy is an entirely safe, effective, and quick way to preserve the quality and appearance of your smile.
When Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
The following symptoms indicate when root canal therapy may be necessary:
- Severe tooth pain
- An abscessed tooth
- Swelling and inflammation in the neck, face, or head
- Bone loss at the tooth's root tips
- Infection of the surrounding teeth and gums
- Pain or sensitivity when chewing or applying force
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids
- Darkening or tooth discoloration
- Tenderness and swelling in the surrounding gum tissue
- A persistent pimple on the gums
What Is the Process For a Root Canal?
Getting a root canal done involves multiple dental visits, depending on the severity of your tooth's condition. As a preliminary step, we will take digital X-rays of the affected tooth to measure the extent of the decay. Local anesthesia is then applied to the area surrounding the tooth to reduce your discomfort.
A hole is drilled into the tooth, and the infected pulp and nerve tissue — along with any bacteria or debris — are completely removed. Once the tooth is meticulously cleaned and emptied of the pulp tissue, it will be sealed by packing the hole with a special medicated material. Further dental restoration work may be necessary based on the extent of the decay, which can be determined by individual needs.
The post-procedure pain and discomfort are easily remedied with antibiotics and painkillers. Patients waiting for their permanent crown or filling are advised to refrain from chewing on the treated tooth to prevent any additional damage or pain before the procedure is completed. To ensure proper healing, brush, and floss regularly and rinse with warm salt water to relieve occasional inflammation.
If you are suffering from severe toothache and need expert dental treatment, don't wait. Call Armitage Dental today at (623) 872-8686 to schedule your appointment.