Root Canal Therapy

The Comforting Truth About Root Canal Therapy

If you’ve never had a root canal procedure performed, then the concept (and exaggerated stories from friends and family) could make it seem daunting. However, if you need root canal therapy, then you might realize that the discomfort often associated with the treatment is actually a symptom of the condition that it treats. Tooth decay, an infection caused by the bacteria in plaque, can lead to intense toothaches as it infects the nerves at the center of the tooth. The only way to find relief from severe tooth decay is to remove the infected tissues from inside of your tooth with root canal treatment.

The Need for Root Canal Therapy

Cavities can make your teeth ache early, and are usually treated in their mild to moderate stages with tooth-colored dental fillings. Yet, if the cavity is neglected, or if a tooth is cracked and its interior is immediately exposed, then the nerves and tissues inside of the tooth can quickly become infected. Besides a severe toothache, symptoms that could indicate the need for root canal therapy can include;

  • Discoloration in your tooth
  • Swollen, irritated gum tissues around the tooth
  • An abscess, or pocket of infection, forms underneath the gums (causing intense discomfort, headaches, fever, and more)
  • Sizeable hole (cavity) in your tooth
  • Persistent bad breath

Treating Your Tooth’s Root Canals

Root canal therapy treats extreme tooth decay to alleviate the discomfort and prevent the loss of the tooth. Before the procedure, we may recommend dental sedation to help you relax.

After administering the sedation and a local anesthetic, Dr. Sayyah will carefully access the interior of the tooth and clean away diseased and dead nerves and tissues.

Once the tooth is cleaned, Dr. Sayyah will seal the root canals with gutta percha, then restore the tooth’s crown with a dental filling.

Because the infection and the root canal procedure can leave the tooth structurally weak, Dr. Sayyah will likely place a dental crown over the treated tooth to fortify and protect it.