Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

The phrase “root canal” can strike fear in some people suffering from tooth pain because they think a root canal is a painful and complex surgery. Unfortunately, this means they suffer unnecessarily. At Martin Family Dentistry, we routinely perform root canals that relieve pain, save the tooth, and eliminate infections.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves a tooth when the pulp is infected. At the center of each tooth is the pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerve endings that support and build the surrounding dentin and enamel of the tooth. A cracked, chipped, or decayed tooth can lead to infection of the pulp. Even deep past dental restorations can lead to dental pulp infection over time. A root canal restores the tooth by removing the pulp and treating the infection, then sealing the tooth to prevent bacteria from re-entering the treated canals in the tooth root.

Root Canal

Symptoms You May Need a Root Canal

  • Persistent, sometimes severe, tooth pain
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Pain when biting down or chewing
  • Swollen, puffy gums around a tooth
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Deep tooth decay
  • A bump or pimple on the gums
  • A loose tooth with no other explanation

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What Does the Root Canal Process Entail?

If you have severe tooth pain, swelling, or tooth sensitivity, we usually recommend a root canal to remove the diseased pulp. We access the pulp by making a small hole in the top of the tooth, then remove the pulp down in the root. We thoroughly clean and disinfect the canals. The pulp is replaced with gutta-percha, and the tooth is sealed closed to prevent germs or debris from getting inside.

Inflamed or infected teeth can be notoriously hard to get numb, but we utilize local anesthesia to eliminate the pain during the procedure. If you are nervous about getting a root canal, our doctors will talk you through the whole procedure and utilize a tell-show-do approach so you feel comfortable with each step. Patients can drive home after treatment and return to their routines immediately. They are often surprised to discover their tooth pain is completely gone after their procedure.

Our office will schedule a follow-up appointment for you a few weeks after your procedure, when we will permanently restore the tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. However, if a problem occurs, we are always available to evaluate your tooth and proceed as necessary. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

Don’t Delay Treatment

If you have tooth pain and have been avoiding a trip to the dentist, rest assured that Martin Family Dentistry focuses on pain-free treatment and exceptional results. We make every effort to save your tooth and prevent the need for extraction. If you walk into our office with debilitating tooth pain, you will leave pain-free.

Will You Try and Save My Tooth and Avoid Performing a Root Canal?

Saving your tooth and avoiding a root canal are actually two different issues. Our dentists take every step possible to keep your tooth using whatever means are necessary. However, if the pulp of the tooth is infected, a root canal is essential to preventing the spread of infection and saving the tooth. By accessing the tooth’s interior through the crown, we minimize trauma, relieve the pain, and save your natural tooth.

When you experience tooth pain or damage, seeing a dentist is a must. Our dentists will carefully evaluate your tooth and determine whether we can relieve your pain and save your tooth by performing a root canal. Our goal, as always, is to alleviate your pain and restore your dental health.

Root canals are performed in our office daily with great success and no pain. Contact our office at Shawnee Dentist Office Phone Number 913-631-4373 to schedule an appointment so we can save your tooth today and prevent more serious dental issues later.

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