At SRQ Dentistry, root canal treatments are one of the many services that we are able to provide for our patients. If you are in need of a root canal treatment, or are having any pain or discomfort in your teeth that prevents you from eating or sleeping comfortably, contact us to schedule an appointment to see if we can help you.
A root canal treatment is an important dental procedure that can help repair and preserve damaged teeth. This treatment can be helpful when the inside of a tooth has been damaged from a very deep cavity, a very deep previous filling, from a traumatic injury, or from the bacteria that is involved with gum disease. As long as the tooth is structurally sound, this treatment can help keep your tooth and avoid complications from tooth removal such as bone loss and teeth shifting.
Root canal treatment treats the inside of the tooth, or the pulp tissue. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that helps the tooth grow and develop. Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp tissue of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Teeth with damaged pulp tissue may present with persistent pain, throbbing, and discomfort on contact with cold or hot temperatures. Sometimes, there are no symptoms and the problem may be discovered during routine examinations. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can develop into a serious infection or abscess.
How do root canal treatments help save the tooth?
During a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is gently removed while preserving the tooth in its place. The inside of the tooth is then safely sterilized and filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth repaired with a crown for protection. After the treatment is complete, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Unlike what most people may think about root canal treatment, this procedure is often done without pain is very similar most routine dental treatments usually completed in one or two appointments. Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.