At Smiles in Springfield, we’re dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles for life. Despite our best efforts in partnership with dedicated patients, dental damage and tooth decay still occur. When these oral health concerns lead to a need for advanced treatments like root canal therapy, our skilled restorative dentist and dental care team are here to help. These services have a bad reputation, but most patients experience significantly reduced dental discomfort following root canal therapy. Call to find out more about root canals, restorative dentistry services, or any of the other treatments we offer in our state-of-the-art Springfield dental office.
A root canal is a procedure necessary when tooth decay or dental damage accesses the inner most layers of teeth where the nerve system is housed. This inner tooth layer is called pulp, and when decay or damage can access this tissue, the result can be serious toothache or dental sensitivity. When this happens, we may recommend a root canal to remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue to restore healthy, painless smiles.
During a dental exam, our skilled dentist can tell you whether or not you need a root canal, but we typically see patients in need of root canal as emergency cases. Please let our team know right away if you experience any of the following warning signs:
Root canal therapy is often performed on an emergency basis, and we will fit you into our schedule as quickly as possible. We’ll begin by numbing the area around your damaged tooth. Then, we drill a small hole from to the outer tooth enamel into the pulp layer. The damaged tissue is extracted through this access hole. Then, the tooth is refilled with a biocompatible substance called gutta percha. The tooth is resealed with composite resin. In most cases, we finish off your root canal treatment by placing a dental crown. This protects and strengthens the treated tooth, reducing risk for further damage. If your soft tissue has become infected leading up to the treatment, we may also need to provide oral and/or topical antibiotics to ensure your repaired tooth stays healthy.
Following your root canal treatment, you will likely immediately have diminished toothache pain and temperature sensitivity. You will typically experience some tenderness around the treated tooth for a few days after the procedure. You should reach out to us right away if you notice any of the following side effects that may indicate a need for additional treatment: