Root Canal Therapy
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
An abcess detected during x-rays at the base of the tooth root
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening is made into the pump chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. Depending on the tooth, Dr. Rhodes my refer you to a specialist called an Endodontist, for root canal treatment. If Dr. Rhodes decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, she will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.