Relieve Your Pain and Save a Damaged Tooth
Many people feel apprehensive when they hear the words "root canal therapy." Despite what you may have heard, the relatively comfortable endodontic procedure relieves pain rather than causing it and helps save damaged teeth, restoring their health and function. You may be surprised to hear that root canal therapy saves more than 14 million teeth in the United States each year!
Endodontic Therapy Overview
Endodontic therapy focuses on treating the inside of the tooth. A root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure that's required when the tooth's inner pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, fractures, trauma, or repeated dental procedures. Dr. Esho will gently and skillfully remove the diseased pulp, clean and shape the inside of the root canals, then fill and seal the space.
After a root canal treatment, the tooth becomes brittle and can fracture. That's why you'll need a dental crown placed. Dr. Esho will shape your tooth to accommodate your restoration and will take impressions of the area to send to a dental laboratory for fabrication. During an upcoming appointment, you'll receive your aesthetic crown, which will look just like any of your natural teeth. With proper care, your root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime!
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If you have a damaged or painful tooth or want to learn more about our gentle endodontic treatments, please contact our office today. Dr. Esho and his team are eager to meet with you and provide you with the outstanding dental care you deserve!
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Signs you need a root canal treatment include persistent tooth pain, a chipped or cracked tooth, sensitivity to hot or cold, swollen or tender gums, tooth discoloration, and a bump on the gum above the tooth, indicating an abscess. In some cases, pulp tissue damage may not produce any symptoms, so maintaining your routine dental exams and cleanings will ensure we diagnose and treat any emerging concern to maintain your healthy smile.
Unlike the rest of the body, an infected tooth cannot heal on its own. The only way to save a tooth with pulp damage is to undergo a root canal treatment. Otherwise, the infection may spread to neighboring teeth and your jawbone, causing pain and wreaking havoc on your oral health. The infection may also find its way into the bloodstream, potentially leading to serious, sometimes life-threatening health concerns.
The root canal procedure is straightforward, comparable to getting a dental filling. The only alternative to endodontic therapy is having the affected tooth extracted and replaced using a dental implant or bridge. However, that should always be considered the last resort because the best possible outcome is to maintain a natural tooth.