Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
Keep a tooth or lose it? Be in pain or feel better? With root canal therapy, you can restore your broken or abscessed tooth and feel back at your best! Here at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Janette Williams and her team perform root canals in order to strengthen and heal their patients' damaged teeth—read on to learn if this treatment is right for you.
It's better than tooth extraction
The American Association of Endodontists maintains that root canal therapy is a far better option than dental extraction. Any healthy natural tooth is superior to bridgework or partials, for these appliances wear down supporting teeth and require costly replacements over time.
When your Cincinnati, OH, dentist restores a tooth with root canal therapy, she removes the damaged and inflamed pulp inside of the one-to-four chambers (i.e. canals) which occupy the tooth roots. She then disinfects each canal and adds a biocompatible putty called gutta-percha. This substance supports and seals the canal walls, making them impervious to bacteria.
After the tooth has healed, Dr. Williams places a customized porcelain crown atop of it. This restoration then blends in with the surrounding teeth, normalizes your dental bite, and provides durability to your smile. Your restored tooth should last for years and years if you:
- Brush and floss at home
- See Dr. Williams and your hygienist for six-month examinations and cleanings
More about root canal therapy
You probably need root canal therapy if your tooth has sustained an injury such as a blow to the mouth. Additionally, root canal therapy can heal an infection caused by decay. Be sure to call Dr. Williams for an appointment if you exhibit any of these symptoms:
- Toothache pain
- Swelling at the jawline or gums
- Discolored tooth enamel
- Pimples or sores on the gums near the tooth
- Tooth fracture, crack, or chip
- Sensitivity to cold, heat, sugary foods or the strenuous forces of biting and chewing
Your dentist will ask you about your symptoms, examine your tooth, perform an X-ray screening. If you both decide on root canal therapy, expect a pain-free procedure, a subsequent healing time of about a week to 10 days, and a wonderfully restored smile!
If you have any troublesome dental symptoms, don't wait—phone Montgomery Dental Care's Cincinnati, OH, office today at (513) 793-5703 to schedule an appointment with your dentist!