Root Canal Treatment
Root canals have an unfair, negative reputation, and we have noticed the looks of dread on patients’ faces when we recommend root canal therapy to save a tooth.
At Ringwood Family Dental, we use the latest rotary equipment to provide pain-free and accurate root canals for our patients.
There is no need to worry. It is actually the inflammation from an infection that causes the pain associated with a root canal. Root canal therapy relieves this inflammation and pain associated with infection and gives your tooth another chance!
Symptoms of Infection Requiring Root Canal Treatment
The symptoms of an infected root canal often come on suddenly and sometimes at inconvenient times. Call us at the first sign of infection and watch for the following signs that you may need a root canal:
- Swelling in your face or jaw area
- Pain with chewing or pressure
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- A small pimple on your gums
- Tooth discoloration
Acting fast can make all the difference when it comes to saving your tooth. If we act quickly, we have a better chance of avoiding a dental extraction.
Root Canal Therapy
We begin root canal therapy by taking an x-ray to confirm that it is the appropriate treatment. It is also important to know that we make patient comfort a top priority in our dental office. Dr. Shah always makes sure your tooth is numb prior to any treatment.
Dr. Harsh Shah has performed hundreds of root canals successfully. You are in good hands! He will remove bacteria and infection from inside your tooth and then fill it with medication and a flexible material. He will finish by sealing your tooth with a temporary restoration and allow time for your body’s immune system to complete the healing process.
After a couple of weeks, we will check the progress of your tooth. Once it is completely healed, we will recommend an appropriate restoration to protect your tooth.
Restorations for Root Canal-Treated Teeth
After a tooth has a root canal, it can become more brittle. We will recommend the appropriate dental restoration to protect your treated tooth from the forces of chewing. We often recommend a dental crown, which usually provides the greatest protection and longevity for your tooth.
If you take care of your teeth and gums and you follow our recommendations, such as regular dental cleaning and exams along with the use of a nightguard when necessary, your tooth can last a long time – even decades.
Don’t Wait to Call if You Have a Dental Emergency!
We know that dental pain can happen at inconvenient times. It may even disrupt your work or school schedule. Contact us right away and schedule a dental exam with Dr. Shah. He will guide you through the process of restoring your healthy smile.