Do you need endodontic root canal therapy to save a tooth that is decaying? People don’t all look forward to having a root canal because it can take a while. However, restoring the tooth with a root canal is better than pulling it. When detected and treated early, your dentist treats tooth decay with a simple filling or another form of treatment. However, root canal therapy is often necessary to save the tooth and stop the infection from harming your systemic health if bacteria penetrate your tooth’s core layer (the pulp). At Stoker Family Dental, we provide gentle root canal therapy in Idaho Falls, ID.
Why do I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is necessary when a cavity progresses, through neglect, to reach the pulp. Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early. And sometimes, deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause nerve damage to the point it needs root canal therapy. When the pulp is infected, your dentist must treat it since it cannot heal independently. Putting it off can even weaken the entire immune system.
Signs and Symptoms of Needing a Root Canal
The infection is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain when biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent, and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. That is why it is essential to come to Stoker Family Dental twice a year.
What is the Root Canal Process?
Root canal therapy is a treatment to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. The root canal procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it, and then filling and sealing it. Root canal procedures usually apply one or two visits to Dr. Stoker’s office, depending on the condition of your tooth and whether or not you have had a root canal before.
During the root canal procedure, you can expect Dr. Stoker to:
- Remove the damaged pulp
- Clean and disinfect the inside of your tooth
- Fill and seal the inside of your tooth
The root canal process begins with Dr. Stoker numbing the area around the tooth. Once the area is numb, Dr. Stoker will make an opening in the top of the tooth. He will then use special instruments to remove the damaged nerve and pulp. The inside of the tooth will then be cleaned and sealed.
After root canal therapy, your tooth may be weaker than before because, without the pulp, it cannot receive nutrients and blood supply. For this reason, Dr. Stoker will likely place a crown over your tooth to protect it from breaking. Root canal procedures are usually successful in saving teeth that have been severely damaged or infected. However, there is a slight chance that root canal therapy will not be successful, and you may need to have the tooth extracted.
Root Canal in Idaho Falls, ID
We perform our root canal treatments using the latest technology, which results in less pain and discomfort for our patients. If you need a root canal, please call us today to schedule an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!
Without the proper professional care, cracked or infected teeth can lead to various dental and general health issues. We may save your tooth and overall health with a root canal at Stoker Family Dental in Idaho Falls, ID. Please make an appointment with Dr. Stoker at our dental office to learn more about the advantages of root canal therapy.