Root Canal Therapy at Rieser Family Dental
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An endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, saves a severely injured,
cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the soft inner tissue inside
a tooth's root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. If it is not treated
promptly, pain or a tooth abscess (infection) may result. At Rieser Family
Dental, our team of highly trained and educated staff members has performed
countless root canals. Our patients' dental health is always our first
priority, because we recognize that a bright and healthy smile leads to
a happier life.
What are the signs that I need a root canal?
Sometimes an endodontic problem can exist without warning signs. In these
cases, an X-ray taken during a routine dental checkup will reveal the
tooth damage. However, there are signs that you can look for which may
indicate you need a root canal.
Contact one of our offices
if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- A tooth that is tender when it is touched
- A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip
of an infected tooth)
- Pus drainage in your mouth
- Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw
What will happen during my procedure?
Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits. With
multiple office locations, we strive to make our services as easily accessible to patients as possible.
The number of treatments you receive will depend upon the presence of
infection and the required treatment plan. You can
schedule your first appointment today, and we can begin the process.
After reviewing an X-ray of your tooth, we will thoroughly examine your
teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, recommend a treatment plan,
discuss it with you, and answer your questions.
A root canal procedure entails:
- A local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area.
- A small, protective sheet or dental dam is used to isolate the tooth to
keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure.
- An opening is made in the top of the tooth and your dentist will remove
the soft pulp and nerve and then shape the interior for filling.
- A rubber-like material is used to fill the root canal after it is cleaned
- A temporary filling is placed pending your return.
- A permanent restoration, such as a crown, is placed over the tooth to protect it.
If you are concerned that you may need a root canal, our friendly and devoted
staff members are prepared to assist you. Don't continue to be in
pain! Call our family dental practice today.