Modern Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth
Historically, root canals have received a negative reputation, often associated with discomfort and long treatment times. However, modern therapy is actually quite comfortable and convenient, and may be a necessary procedure to save a damaged or infected tooth. When teeth are infected, bacteria have entered the pulp, or nerve center, of a tooth, causing disease and destruction of tissues. A root canal removes affected tooth structure and effectively restores health and function to the tooth.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
Signs and symptoms a root canal may be needed include:
- Tooth pain
- Gum or facial swelling
- Dull, persistent ache
- Cracked tooth structure
- Feeling of pressure in the jaw
- Pimple-like area on gums
- Temperature sensitivity
- Pain or discomfort upon biting
The Root Canal Process
The diagnostic process for determining if treatment is needed begins with a clinical examination and x-rays. Our low-radiation digital radiographs are fast and highly accurate. These x-rays allow Dr. Samuel Jirik to view infection or abscesses in the bone around the tooth roots, which generally indicates the need for a root canal. To perform the root canal, Dr. Jirik numbs the treatment, and can provide sedation dentistry services, if preferred. He gently removes infected tissue from within the center of the tooth and internal portions of the roots, and places a special filling material to seal and strengthen the tooth from within. Once fully healed, a natural-looking, highly cosmetic crown will be placed over the tooth to cover and protect its structure.Watch Video
The Importance of Timely Treatment
If you have tooth pain, swelling or other symptoms that may warrant root canal therapy, it is important to contact our team as soon as possible. Leaving a damaged or infected tooth untreated may lead to a host of other health complications, including tooth loss and systemic illness. As an honored Fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Jirik is committed to providing the highest standard of care and genuinely interested in saving your oral health and smile.