Root Canal Therapy Is No Big Deal – Really!

  • Posted on: Apr 15 2016
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The terrible jokes about root canals of the past were more than likely closer to fact than fiction. But today’s revolutionary advances in sedation dentistry and dental technique ensure that there is little, if any, pain involved with a root canal. Teeth can be saved and treated with root canal therapy in a few visits – so there is no need to worry if you think you may need or have been told you need a root canal.

root canal therapyWhy would you need a root canal?

  • An injury or a deep cavity may cause one of your teeth to crack, leaving it open for infection. This can damage the pulp, the network of nerves and blood vessels which surround the root, and may even damage the bone beneath the tooth, resulting in swelling and pain.
  • If left untreated, bacteria and decaying food particles can enter the tooth and cause a serious abscess. This could lead to bone loss and loss of the tooth itself.
  • Symptoms to watch for are swollen gums, severe toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and swelling of your face and neck.

Root canal therapy, also called endodontic treatment, is designed to save a damaged tooth instead of removing it. It involves opening the tooth, removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canals inside the root, and filling and sealing the tooth. At your initial visit, x-rays are taken to determine the extent of the damage. Root canal alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with an implant, permanent bridge or a removable partial denture.

Dr. Wylie’s sedation options provide you with an anxiety free experience that you may not even remember. You will receive a local anesthetic prior to the root canal procedure and if the infection is severe, Dr. Wylie may also prescribe an antibiotic before your appointment. If you follow good oral hygiene, your restored tooth could last a lifetime.

If you are experiencing dental pain or would like to learn more about root canal therapy, call to book an appointment with Dr. Wylie, today: (304) 845-2480.

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