Root canal therapy is generally no more complicated or uncomfortable than other dental procedures such as fillings or crowns. Unfortunately, the root canal procedure has developed an unwarranted reputation for being difficult and painful. If you need root canal therapy, don’t let misinformation about the procedure keep you from getting the treatment you need to prevent the loss your tooth.
Dr. Joe Arcadipane has over fifteen years of experience performing successful root canal treatment. Our entire dental team has the necessary training to treat infected teeth and have helped numerous patients regain their dental health with comfortable, stress-free care. In fact, many of our patients tell us that their procedure was not nearly as complicated as they thought it would be!
We know that you still may be worried about the process, but you can feel confident knowing that your needs are being met by caring, trained professionals who are always sensitive to your needs. Our goal is to treat you as we would like to be treated – with compassion and understanding.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
Only a dentist can determine if you need a root canal after performing a thorough examination. But if you do need a root canal, some of the things you may notice are:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
- Severe toothache pain
- Tenderness and swelling
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
It’s important that you contact our office immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms. Putting off treatment usually results in unnecessary pain and an increased risk for tooth loss.
What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?
We need to perform root canal treatment to remove infection or extensive decay from the interior of the tooth. The space inside the tooth where the pulp and main nerve are found is called the root canal.
Root canal therapy involves removal of the decayed, infected, or damaged pulp as well as the nerve of the tooth. The space inside your tooth is then sterilized and filled with medication to speed healing. In most cases, we will recommend the placement of a crown for protection and stability.
Why Is Prompt Treatment Important?
If you already have infection in the root of your tooth, delaying a root canal can allow the infection to spread to your jawbone. There is also a chance that decay will spread into nearby teeth. If the tooth continues to decay, there will not be enough structure left for a successful root canal and the tooth will probably need to be removed.
Root canal therapy allows the structure of the tooth to remain intact, even though the nerve has been removed. Although the tooth no longer contains nerve tissue, it is still functional for chewing. Also, because the tooth structure remains intact, it maintains its correct position, helps to preserve proper spacing between teeth, preserves existing jawbone, and helps to keep your bite alignment correct.
Convenient, Easy Treatment
When it comes to paying for dental treatment, our office makes it easy for you to get the care you need exactly when you need it. We participate with a wide number of insurance plans, and we will also file all claims. If you’re interested in financing all or part of your treatment, we offer several options, including CareCredit.
If you think you may need a root canal, we encourage you to contact our Eynon dental office as soon as possible. In emergency situations we can usually see you the same day to provide the relief you need and get you back on the road to a healthy smile.