What is Root Canal Therapy?
Toothaches happen for a large variety of reasons. Decay, breakage, infection, or other factors can cause the nerve in the tooth to feel the pain that sometimes can be unbearable and constant. Root canal therapy is a procedure used to provide relief from this pain or prevent you from having pain in the first place.
Every tooth has a middle section made up of soft tissue containing nerves that can be sensitive. Generally, once the infection reaches the pulp, you will feel it. Tooth pain, swelling, sensitivity, and discoloration can all be an indication that your tooth may be infected and requires attention from the dentist.
Root canal therapy involves going into the pulp region of the tooth, removing the soft tissue, and disinfecting the inside to ensure any bacteria is taken care of. Once it is all cleared out, the tooth will be sealed up and left to heal.
Not all cases of a toothache require root canal therapy and so it is extremely important to find a dentist that you trust. Here at Fairbanks Dental Associates, we are very focused on patient-centered treatment where we will discuss every scenario to find out the best treatment plan for you.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There are two major benefits of root canal therapy: pain relief and saving the natural tooth.
When you have been dealing with all the pain and discomfort that can come with a toothache, getting relief with a root canal is vital. However, the main advantage of root canal treatment is saving the natural tooth from extraction. Whenever possible it is always important to keep as many functional teeth as you can. Fortunately, root canals are one tool to help us achieve this goal.
Are You a Good Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?
Sometimes there are noticeable signs that could indicate root canal therapy is needed, such as:
- Swelling in the face, jaw, and neck
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain
- Pimple-like blisters on the gums (abscess
- Injury/trauma to the tooth
- Discolored tooth
Why Choose Fairbanks Dental Associates?
Root canal therapy may be a very common procedure, but it is also one that requires the highest quality dental care as well as a compassionate dental team. At Fairbanks Dental Associates, we understand that many people get nervous when it comes to root canals which is why we will take every step possible to ensure that you are comfortable the entire time you go through treatment at our office.
If you have any of the above symptoms, we are here to take the steps needed to bring you relief.