The American Association of Endodontics states that root canal therapy, or “endodontic therapy,” is a routine procedure that can be used to keep a tooth that is damaged or infective instead of removing it. The procedure is nothing for patients to be nervous about. Root canal therapy is not a procedure that is painful. Instead, it can help in reducing pain associated with the damage or infection of a single tooth in the smile.
What is root canal therapy?
During root canal therapy, the dental pulp inside of the problematic tooth is removed. The inner canals of the tooth are disinfected and sealed with gutta percha. In many situations, the dentist at Drs of Smiles may also place a dental crown over this tooth to offer an extra layer of protection against damage in the future. The procedure is done with proper anesthetics and sedation to ensure patient comfort throughout.
Signs you may need root canal therapy
The dental pulp inside of a tooth includes the nerves and blood supply of a tooth. It is what keeps the tooth alive. However, if it becomes damaged or infected, it can cause extreme pain. Most patients who require root canal therapy may experience a severe toothache that can be incredibly uncomfortable. With root canal therapy, the dental pulp is removed along with the nerves to deaden the tooth but maintain the placement of the tooth’s structure. This eliminates the need for a permanent extraction. Signs that indicate this procedure may be necessary include:
• A large area of decay left untreated
• Trauma to a tooth that exposes the dental pulp
• A severe toothache
• The presence of a tooth abscess
• Infection of the dental pulp inside a tooth
Some of these symptoms may be a sign of tooth decay, which may also require the placement of fillings. It is best to contact your dentist if you are experiencing symptoms that may indicate the need of professional care.
Drs of Smiles offers root canal therapy
If you believe you may benefit from root canal therapy, do not hesitate to contact the team of Drs of Smiles today. Mesa, AZ patients can schedule a visit with Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro by calling (480) 834-6991. The practice is conveniently located at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite 1.