Root Canals and Restoration

By: East Cooper Smiles  03/11/2015
Keywords: Root Canals, Root Canal Therapy, Root Canal

If you have severe pain or swelling around your tooth or jaw, you may have an infection. In many cases, we can successfully treat deep infections in your teeth using root canal therapy. Many dentists refer patients to specialists for root canal therapy, but at East Cooper Smiles, our dentist, Dr. Jason Annan has the skills and expertise to treat most root canal cases right here in our office. What Causes the Need for a Root Canal? Deep inside your tooth, beneath the enamel and dentin layers, is an area called the pulp. Pulp is tissue that surrounds your nerve and when it becomes infected due to deep decay, trauma, or for some other reason, requiring the need to perform a root canal to clear out the infection and bacteria. You may wonder why it is so important to save your tooth. Did you know that tooth loss can cause bone loss? When you lose a tooth, the root is no longer present to stimulate healthy bone retention so it may begin to resorb. When that happens, your surrounding teeth could shift causing gum disease, problems with your bite, and a crooked smile. How Does a Root Canal Procedure Work? If you received a diagnosis that requires a root canal, you may feel a bit apprehensive because you have heard about the pain associated with root canals. The truth is that a root canal procedure will likely relieve your pain once the infection clears. The unknown can feel scary, but don’t worry; Dr. Annan is extremely gentle and treats our patients with the utmost care. He will make sure you are completely numb for your procedure and help you with pain management. In order to complete your root canal, we will make a small access in your tooth so that we can clean out the pulp and nerve. Then, Dr. Annan will place medication in the canal and once it is completely clean, he will seal your tooth. You might feel sensitive for a few days after treatment, but you should feel gradually better until your symptoms disappear entirely. Restorative Care for Your Root Canal Root canals can cause your teeth to become brittle and more susceptible to damage from day-to-day use. In some cases, we can stabilize your tooth with a filling. In other cases, especially for molars that withstand so much force from chewing, we may need to place a dental crown over your tooth to protect it. With the proper restoration and regular dental care, a root canal can extend the life of your tooth by decades.

Keywords: Root Canal, Root Canal Therapy, Root Canals

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