Cosmetic & Implant Dentists & Invisalign Specialists located in Lansdale, PA
Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. The dental professionals at Lansdale Family Dentistry in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, want you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. The accomplished dental group provides root canals on a daily basis. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.
Root Canal Q & A
Why might I need a root canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at Lansdale Family Dentistry takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This way, they can save your tooth and help ease your pain.
What can cause a tooth infection?
Tissue and roots inside of your teeth can get infected with bacteria due to injury to the tooth or from a cavity that remains untreated for too long. The infected tissue may enter the root or pulp of the tooth if you put off going to the dentist. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.
What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?
An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Infected tooth symptoms might include:
- Inflamed gums
- Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
- Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Bad breath
- Pus coming from around the tooth
- Painful aching in your mouth or jaw
- Tooth darkening in color
- A small pimple-like bump on your gum
What's involved in a root canal?
One of the highly trained dentists at Lansdale Family Dentistry can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first need X-rays so the dentist can judge the magnitude of damage to the tooth needing a root canal.
At your appointment, one of the dentists at Lansdale Family Dentistry uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Occasionally, they stick a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. Once your tooth is numb, the dentist makes a small incision in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the root.
After this, your dentist will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigate the area with water to clean it. After all diseased matter is gone, your dentist either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.
Call Lansdale Family Dentistry or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.