Root Canal Treatments
When an injury or large cavity damages the root of your tooth, the tooth becomes infected and the associated tissues swell. Symptoms of a deep infection of your tooth might include:
- Acute tooth pain
- The sensation of pulsing or throbbing in your jaw and tooth
- Inflammation (redness and puffiness) of the gums
- Darkening of the tooth
- A pimple on your gums
- Prolonged sensitivity
Catching these symptoms early will eliminate the need for emergency dental care down the road. Rescuing your tooth with a root canal will ensure that you will not need to have the gaps in your mouth filled with dentist veneers in Center City, Philadelphia.
A root canal treatment is a procedure that we use to replace the infected pulp in your tooth’s root with a permanent filling material (called gutta-percha), in order to rid your root canals of infection and preserve your oral health. It is a form of endodontic procedure that subdues inflammation and eliminates contaminants, sealing the remaining open spaces and restoring the function of your tooth.
Root canals can stop your tooth from falling out and end your oral aches, so that you won’t need to call us for Philadelphia implant dentistry.
Our Treatment Process
Our top priority is putting a brilliant smile on your face, and in order to do that, we always require a proper oral examination from one of our licensed dental health specialists. When you visit our office, we will discuss the severity of your needs and go over any concerns you may have. We will thoroughly explain the procedure, answer your questions and predict how long the entire process is likely to take for your particular circumstance.
An endodontic treatment for an abscessed tooth often entails a couple visits to complete the following steps:
- X-Rays: Your mouth will be x-rayed after the initial inspection, so that our endodontist can have an accurate view of exactly what he or she will need to do during the oral operation.
- Anesthetic: A local anesthetic will be applied to your abscessed tooth, your gums, and your jaw; this prevents you from feeling any pain during the procedure.
- Dental Dam: A dental dam is placed over the numbed area to isolate your infected tooth and keep it saliva-free as our endodontist works.
- Pulp Cleaning: Our endodontist will then make a small opening in your affected tooth crown, in order to use instruments to clean the infected pulp from your tooth, roots and pulp chamber.
- Shaping and Filling: The entire area will then be thoroughly cleaned and shaped, before your root canals are filled with gutta-percha. In most cases, our endodontist will give you a temporary filling during your healing process.
- Crown Placement: You will need to return after a few weeks to have a crown placed on your tooth or have another form of restorative covering. This will complete the root canal treatment procedure and revive your tooth to its full function once again.
Our ability to salvage diseased and infected teeth has made us a reputable and trustworthy cosmetic dentistry practice in Center City, Philadelphia. When you are suffering from tooth pain or feel insecure about your smile, give us a call right away! We will treat your tooth and restore your oral health so you can smile with confidence.