Root canal treatment is a form of endodontic therapy designed to save a compromised tooth from extraction and offer relief from discomfort. When left untreated, dental infection can result in more widespread decay and complications such as tooth loss. However, root canal therapy can restore the integrity of your tooth and renew your dental function. During treatment, our team at Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, can remove diseased tissue, thoroughly clean the tooth, and place a custom restoration to strengthen and protect your smile. We also offer sedation to ensure your comfort throughout treatment.
To ensure your comfort, we offer stronger forms or sedation, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide.
To understand the progression of a dental infection, you must be familiar with the structure of teeth. Our teeth have several layers:
When the enamel or dentin is compromised, a tooth can generally be repaired with a dental filling or crown. However, once decay or damage penetrates the inner chamber, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.
During your consultation, we can examine your smile to determine whether you require root canal treatment. We can also take advanced digital x-rays for a more detailed view of your teeth. You may be a candidate if you are experiencing:
Sometimes, there are no visible symptoms of a dental infection. As a result, it is important to visit your dentist for a biannual checkup to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy.
Root canal therapy typically requires two office visits. Treatment involves:
We can provide you with instructions as to how to care for your tooth and prolong the longevity of your smile. When properly cared for, a tooth saved by root canal can remain healthy for a lifetime.
If you are currently experiencing dental pain and discomfort that has persisted for several days, you may need root canal treatment. Our team at Harrison Dental Group is dedicated to your oral health and can take the time to evaluate your needs and goals before recommending the appropriate treatment. Please contact our office online to schedule your consultation. You can also call our West Jefferson office at (260) 432-3588 or our Winchester office at (260) 747-4747.