Root Canal Therapy Can Save Your Tooth
Following the onset of advanced infection, root canal treatment at our practice can restore your oral health while preserving your natural tooth.
The dentists of Harrison Dental Group have many years of experience providing this effective form of endodontic therapy.
Why would one of our Fort Wayne, IN, dentists recommend root canal treatment?
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Our teeth are made up of multiple layers. Many of us are familiar with the outer white portion of our teeth called the enamel. This dense, mineralized layer protects the more sensitive portions of our teeth from decay and infection. Within the enamel is a less dense layer called the dentin. Dentin provides structure and support for the tooth.
Root canal therapy is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure.
The thick layer of dentin also plays an important role in protecting the inner pulp. Within the dentin is an important inner chamber that consists of tissue, blood vessels, nerves, and small tubes known as the root canals. When trauma, infection, or advanced decay reaches the pulp, a serious dental problem known as a root canal infection can result. Bacteria, often caused by an existing cavity, can spread quickly once it reaches the pulp, and most patients require emergency care to prevent the loss of the tooth or the further spread of bacteria. Endodontists or properly trained dentists can provide a root canal.
Symptoms of Infection
During your visit to our Fort Wayne, IN, office, one of our dentists will ask you a number of questions in regard to your symptoms before taking digital x-rays of your teeth and jawbones to determine if you have a root canal issue. If you experience the sudden onset of pain, our office can treat your root canal problems as a dental emergency.
If you are in severe pain, we recommend that you find a friend or family member to drive you to our office. You can call ahead to describe your situation. Our dental team can be reached at (260) 747-4747.
Patients who are experiencing root canal problems often report having:
- Heightened dental sensitivity
- Significant oral pain
- Discoloration of the infected tooth
- Swollen gums near the infected tooth
- Pain and swelling that radiates toward the face and neck
It is possible for patients with diseased inner pulp to not experience symptoms. This is one reason why our Fort Wayne, IN, office recommends regular appointments for cleanings and exams. During your regular appointment, one of our doctors can check for signs of advanced decay or root canal issues.
Schedule Your Root Canal Consultation Today
Following the onset of a root canal infection, root canal therapy can preserve your natural tooth while restoring your oral health and eliminating the pain associated with an advanced infection. The doctors of Harrison Dental Group have many years of experience, and our office offers advanced dental technology, such as intraoral cameras, 3-D imaging, and digital x-rays. Our team is recognized as regional leaders in advanced and comprehensive dentistry.
Although your procedure may be fully covered by insurance, Harrison Dental Group accepts CareCredit® and Citi Health financing options as well as in-house financing. Please contact our office online to schedule your consultation or call:
The Root Canal Process
Benefits of a Root Canal Procedure
There are multiple benefits to undergoing this form of endodontic procedure at our Fort Wayne, IN, office. The most important benefit is the treatment of pain associated with the diseased inner pulp and the restoration of your oral health. Once bacteria reaches the sensitive inner portion of a tooth, the bacteria can spread quickly.
Protect Your Oral & General Health
Bacteria can even penetrate the jaw bone or reach other parts of the body through the bloodstream. Although rare, untreated root canal problems can lead to life-threatening complications. This is one reason why root canal problems are considered an emergency that must be treated immediately.
A Conservative Procedure
Root canal treatments also preserve natural teeth. A successful root canal procedure can prevent the need for a dental extraction, which requires a dental implant or other more costly restorative treatment. Preserving natural teeth is a priority for our dentists. By reporting oral pain and other symptoms of a root canal infection early, you can improve your chances of preserving your teeth.
Comfortable, Effective Treatment
Root canal therapy is also highly effective and far more comfortable than most people think. Our doctors will use anesthesia and possibly sedation to ensure that you are comfortable, such as oral sedatives or nitrous oxide, throughout your procedure. We also use the latest technology favored by endodontists, such as durable, precise files to remove damaged tissue. By working with the skilled and experienced team of Harrison Dental Group, you can rest assured you are in good hands.
How Are Root Canals Performed?
There are several steps involved in treating a root canal infection. First, your Fort Wayne dentist will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the nerves that connect the infected tooth to the central nervous system. This step effectively “cuts off” all signals to and from the tooth. One of our doctors may offer sedation options that can help you relax throughout your treatment.
Once you are comfortable, a small hole will be made in the biting surface of the tooth, allowing your dentist to gain access to the diseased tissue. Then, a special tool will be used to remove all of the infected material within the pulp, including deep inside the root canals.
Once the cavity has been completely cleaned and sterilized, a rubber-like material (gutta percha) will be used to fill the vacated space. Then, a temporary filling or permanent restoration will be used to restore structure and strength to your tooth. Typical restorations include inlays, onlays, or crowns. The typical cost of treating one tooth is $700-1,200. We accept several types of insurance and offer financing.
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What to Expect After Your Treatment
Following treatment, your dentist will provide you with detailed recovery guidelines that are to be followed closely. Most discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled by our office, and we encourage all patients to report the sudden onset of discomfort during your recovery period.
In rare cases, a root canal treatment may fail. In that case, tooth extraction may be the only to restore your oral health. A dental implant placed shortly after your tooth extraction can prepare you to receive a dental crown. An implant replaces a lost tooth through the surgical placement of a titanium post in the jawbone.
Tips for Preventing Root Canal Infections
While accidental trauma and genetic factors can lead to the need for root canal therapy, most cases of root canal infection can be prevented. We recommend that patients refrain from sugary foods while maintaining good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to our office to prevent the need for root canal treatments.