Root canal therapy is a critical dental treatment for many patients with dental decay. Root canal therapy can save the health, appearance, and functionality of a damaged tooth. Without this important treatment, one infected tooth can cause rampant infection throughout the mouth—affecting other teeth, gum tissue, connective tissues, and bone.
How does the treatment work?
A root canal endodontic procedure works by creating a small hole in the tooth to remove all of the infected areas. The dental pulp is removed, and oftentimes so are the roots. You only need your tooth roots to feel sensations like hot and cold and for the tooth to grow. Once it has fully matured, removing the roots will not directly harm the tooth. It can, however, prevent the further spread of infection. Once done, we will clean the area to ensure that the infection is gone. Dr. Park will typically prescribe antibiotics to ensure any lingering infection is eliminated.
In order to complete the procedure, we will seal up the hole with gutta-percha; a rubber-like substance that can help to stabilize the tooth. We will use a filling or crown in order to further strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Both fillings and crowns are created in a tooth-color to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Symptoms to decaying tooth:
• Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when consuming hot or cold liquid/food
• Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
• Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
• A toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
• A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood
• Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another
If you think that you may have these symptoms contact us today to book an oral examination!