What is Root Canal Therapy?
Dr. Gregory Kiene saves infected teeth with root canal therapy. Some patients become nervous when their dentist recommends a root canal, but this modernized treatment will actually increase your comfort and well-being.
The inside of a tooth may become infected when bacteria leaks through a crack or chip into the soft tissues and nerves. In the past, dentists had no choice but to extract an infected tooth. Today, natural smiles are preserved with root canals.
The soft tissues and nerves of the teeth are not vitally important to its function. Root canals include removing these tissues to protect the smile. While you will lose the sensory abilities of the tooth, your daily chewing and speaking habits will remain unaffected.
What are the Signs that a Root Canal is Needed?
Toothache is the number one sign that you should ask Dr. Kiene about root canals. An infected tooth eventually causes severe and frequent toothache. To avoid the toothache and sensitivity, seek treatment right away.
Some of the other symptoms of infection include:
- Pain when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth.
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
- Darkening of the tooth.
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums.
If you experience pain, sensitivity, or swelling, give your friendly dentist a call. Dr. Kiene will assess the situation and help you discover the best way to find relief from toothache.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Root canals usually involve one to three visits to your dentist.
- Dr. Kiene will remove the diseased tissue from a small opening in the crown of a tooth.
- He will clean and seal the interior of the tooth.
- The tooth is filled with a dental composite.
- Dr. Kiene will restore the tooth with a crown or filling to increase its strength and aesthetic.
Toothache? It Could Be a Tooth Infection! Contact Us to Determine if You Need a Root Canal!
We perform root canals with innovative technology and local anesthesia, so you can enjoy a comfortable procedure. To learn more about achieving better dental health, please call, text, or email us at The Parkway Dentist today.