Root Canals

89In the past, badly damaged teeth have always been extracted. Now with modern dentistry procedures like root canals, patients can enjoy better lasting oral health. Root canals save natural teeth and can restore a damaged tooth after serious decay.

There is no need to be nervous about root canal therapy at Grand Avenue Dental Care. We’ll help you feel comfortable and relaxed, and do everything we can to make the entire process easy and convenient. After the infected tooth pulp is removed and the tooth is sealed with a crown, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your tooth infection symptoms will subside.

Saving Damaged Teeth

When the pulp of a tooth becomes damaged, a root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary. The pulp is the soft inside of the tooth, which holds the nerves and tissues of the tooth. This pulp may become damaged when bacteria leaks through a crack or chip in the tooth and begins affecting those nerves. An infected tooth is associated with uncomfortable symptoms like:

  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Painful toothache
  • Abscessed tooth

When you experience these symptoms, a root canal can save you time, money, and of course, your natural tooth.

The Root Canal Process

Root canal therapy includes removing the pulp, cleaning out the tooth, and sealing it.

First, Dr. Tanner will make sure you are comfortable by providing you with a local anesthetic. Before your appointment, you can also learn more about our other sedation dentistry options.
Dr. Tanner will create a small opening in the top of the tooth. He will remove the damaged pulp through the opening. He will then thoroughly clean out the area and the surrounding root canals.
Finally, once the infection has been thoroughly cleaned, your tooth will be filled and sealed. This filling will protect the tooth from future damage. Soon, you will be able to bite and chew normally again, without pain or discomfort.

Don’t give up on a damaged tooth. A root canal can restore a tooth’s function and appearance and allow you the chance to enjoy a comfortable, beautiful, smile again. If you are experiencing the symptoms associated with a damaged pulp, give us a call today to schedule a visit with Dr. Tanner.