Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy treats the center, or pulp, of a tooth that is inflamed, infected or dead. The pulp is a soft substance consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

Symptoms of infection include visible injury or swelling, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Praus Dentistry for a consultation. The following are some common reasons for needing root canal treatment.

Pain: The most common symptom of needing a root canal is a toothache. If the tooth is still alive, you may experience extreme sensitivity to heat or cold. The tooth may hurt spontaneously and can progress to a very severe headache. If the tooth is dead, you may feel pain when pressure is put onto the tooth. Swelling and bleeding may also occur.

Abscess: An abscess forms when the pulp of the tooth dies and a pus pocket forms around the end of the root. If left untreated, the abscess will continue to grow and infect the bone around the root of the tooth.

Deep Decay: Tooth decay can extend deep into the tooth and can reach the pulp, infecting it with bacteria. The tooth may become inflamed and painful, and can eventually die.

Trauma: If a tooth is hit hard, the nerve can be severed at the end of the root and eventually die.

Fracture: A fractured tooth can extend and reach the pulp. A root canal may need to be performed so a post can be placed down the canal of the tooth to help retain the restoration.

Repeated Dental Procedures: Dental procedures can produce significant stress on a tooth and repeated drilling may cause the pulp of a tooth to become inflamed.

In the past, whenever one of these situations occurred, the only solution was to have the infected tooth extracted. Root canal treatment is a beneficial option that allows for a patient to save his or her natural tooth, even after decay, infection or trauma

Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp from the tooth chamber and canals. Then clean the canals are treated with disinfecting solution. During your root canal therapy, we provide profound local anesthesia so that you will be adequately numb throughout the procedure

After treatment, we may place a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your restoration is complete. Your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days. This discomfort may be relieved with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications, as directed. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have your full restoration. If a problem occurs, contact Praus Dentistry.

Root canal therapy can preserve a patient’s tooth for a lifetime. It is a highly successful procedure with more than a 95% success rate.

Root canal therapy can help preserve your tooth for a lifetime. Contact our office today for a consultation with Dr. Chung Lee and Dr. Meena Lee

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