Root canal treatment can save an infected tooth, and thanks to advanced technology, is now a simple and painless process. The dentists on staff at Advanced & Comfort Dentistry in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, offer comprehensive root canal treatment, and they can help you move beyond dental pain in just a few short visits. Begin by booking your initial visit online or by phone today.
A root canal is a treatment for an infected tooth. You may not think of your teeth as living structures, but each tooth has a hollow chamber filled with a material called pulp. Your dental pulp is a matrix of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When dental pulp becomes infected, there is little room for inflammation, which is why the condition is so painful.
Root canal treatment removes all traces of infected pulp, seals the chamber with a safe material, and protects the treated tooth with a custom dental crown. It is the most effective way to treat an infected tooth.
The primary indicator of an infected tooth is significant dental pain that worsens when you bite down or chew. Some other symptoms of a pulp infection include:
If you notice these changes, schedule a diagnostic exam right away. Left on its own, an infected tooth will not heal. Root canal treatment can eliminate pain and preserve a healthy tooth structure.
In the planning stages, imaging provides insight into your tooth and bone structure. If a root canal is the right course of action, your dentist administers a numbing medication to ensure you rest comfortably from start to finish.
Your dentist first creates a small access hole to allow them to access the inner chamber of your tooth and the canals that extend into the roots. A series of small dental instruments called files are used to clear out all traces of infected pulp. The emptied chamber is then rinsed to remove all bacteria.
A special material called gutta percha is used to fill the prepared chamber, which also helps seal the area and reduce the risk of further bacterial infection. Your dentist then closes the access hole with a small filling and creates impressions to guide the fabrication of your new custom crown.
Next, your dentist installs a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Once your new crown arrives from the lab, you’ll return to have it cemented into place. This completes the treatment, and your tooth will no longer be painful or sensitive.
When you’re ready to learn more, call Advanced & Comfort Dentistry to schedule a personalized consultation. Online booking is also an option, and makes it easy to book any time of day or night.