Root Canal Therapy
The prospect of a root canal can be overwhelming for some people, but today’s technology and techniques ensure quality and comfort. Dr. Kim and his team at Covell Family Dental are dedicated to making sure that you have all the information you need and are comfortable throughout the process.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal describes the natural cavity in the center of a tooth that the nerve and pulp run through. Due to trauma or decay, the nerve and pulp can become damaged, making it susceptible to bacterial overgrowth leading to infection, swelling and inflammation. Root canal therapy is the procedure in which the nerve and pulp are carefully removed in order to preserve the tooth by preventing further damage.
Though the procedure itself is fairly simple, delaying treatment can result in complications such as continued severe pain and even loss of tooth. Missing teeth can affect your ability to chew, leading to nutritional deficiencies. You may find that your ability to speak clearly is affected as well. Gaps in your smile can also lead to shifting of your facial structure, or sagging of the face. Without the tooth in place, other teeth may shift which can also cause problems with dental alignment.
Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy
Some signs that you may need root canal therapy are:
- Pain and sensitivity to hot/cold that lingers even when the trigger is removed
- A toothache that worsens with direct pressure or chewing
- Pain or swelling in the gums around the area of the painful tooth
- A dark or discolored tooth
If you are experiencing any of the above signs, please do not hesitate to call us at Covell Family Dental. Prompt evaluation and treatment can prevent more invasive treatments if detected early.
The Root Canal Procedure
The idea of a "root canal" often causes dread in dental patients, and we will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the process. Root canal therapy is the procedure in which the nerve is gently removed and the root canal is cleaned out. The tooth is then filled with sealant and capped with a crown. This may occur over multiple appointments.
Dr. Kim uses local anesthesia or sedation to ensure that you are comfortable and many say that the treatment itself is painless. However, there can be some discomfort following treatment due to residual inflammation around the gums, which can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications.
Contact our Office to Arrange an Appointment
If you have are having any pain or sensitivity, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your oral health is very important to us at Covell Family Dental and we are here to answer any questions you may have and to offer the treatment you need to ensure a healthy smile.