Root canal treatment, also referred to as endodontic therapy, is an effective and safe treatment for teeth whose pulp has become inflamed or infected. It can also be required in other situations to help save and restore a tooth.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
If left untreated, the infection in the tooth can spread to other parts of the body, and in some cases can even be life-threatening. If you are in need of a root canal, the infected pulp in the tooth needs to be removed.
Most root canal treatments are successful. But in some rare cases, a second root canal treatment is needed. This is called retreatment. When retreating a tooth, the root canal filling material is taken out, and the canal is recleaned, reshaped and refilled.
We focus on quality root canal treatments for our patients. We do this by using the latest technology in diagnosing and treating toothaches. There is always a special emphasis in removing the bacteria inside the tooth, an important step in making sure your root canal treatment is safe and successful.
In select clinical situations, our Dentists may recommend a referral to an Endodontist (Root Canal Specialist).
At Oliver Park Dental we use progressive Cone Beam CT imaging (X-ray) equipment to identify the number, length and shape of the canals making treatment more predictable, efficient and effective.