Simple and effective root canals from your dentist in Kingston, PA
When the inner chamber of the tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy is the solution to save the natural tooth and avoid extraction. You may be thinking, “do root canals hurt?” Root canals, also called endodontic treatment, are not much different than traditional fillings and have an extremely high success rate. If you’re in pain from a severely infected tooth, the team at Lawrence Dental Excellence in Kingston, PA is here to provide relief.
An Explanation of Tooth Infections
Inside each tooth is the bundle nerves, the trace of tissue which originally formed the tooth. When a tooth has a deep cavity or is cracked by trauma, it opens the pulp chamber to bacteria. Over time, this bacteria buildup can lead to an infection that results in a toothache. Without treatment, pus pockets can begin to form at the tips of the root in the jawbone, what is known as an abscess. If the infected pulp is not removed, the patient will experience pain and swelling, and the infection can continue to cause damage to the jawbone as well as overall health. Left without treatment, the infected tooth will eventually require extraction.
Signs a Root Canal may be needed
- Abscess or bump on the gums
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
Swelling or inflammation around the teeth
How Root Canals Alleviate Pain and Save the Tooth
During root canals, the dentist will numb the area with local anesthetic, then remove the infected pulp through a small hole created in the top of the tooth. Once all the damaged tissue is removed, the area will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized to eliminate bacteria and then filled with a special material. The hole will then be sealed and the entire tooth structure will be covered with a crown to protect the tooth and support full functionality.
Your toothache will not go away on it’s on, call Lawrence Dental Excellence Today
If you are in pain from advanced decay, the situation will not resolve on its own. In fact, without treatment you could be in danger of losing your natural tooth. Today’s root canals are performed with local anesthetics, advanced technology, and precise instruments to ensure that the procedure involves little to no discomfort for our patients. If you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, give us a call to schedule an appointment.