Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a dental restoration that extends into the nerve chamber of your tooth. This family dental treatment may be necessary when too much tooth structure has been damaged and the inner portion of the tooth has become infected. Essentially, it's like a filling that is on the most inner portion of the tooth.
Root canals are not painful. They feel just like any other dental procedure that you would have done. Dr. Seese thoroughly anesthetizes the area around the tooth to keep you as comfortable as possible. Since the root canal procedure sometimes lasts longer than other dental treatments, some people's mouths do become slightly sore. However, we can assist with this by using a small bite block or having you take an over the counter pain reliever.
Painless Root Canals
When are root canals necessary? We typically recommend endodontic therapy when no other restoration can preserve the tooth. Examples of teeth needing root canal therapy include:
- Abscessed teeth
- Severely fractured teeth
- Teeth with deep cavities
- Severe sensitivity
After your root canal has been completed, we will need to place a crown over the tooth to preserve it for long-term use. Otherwise the non-vital tooth enamel will wear down more rapidly over time. Dr. Seese will create a crown that is made of porcelain and resembles the color of the teeth next to it.
Avoiding root canal therapy may result in losing your tooth completely. Don't put your treatment off until it is too late. Let us help you save your tooth and preserve your natural smile for as many years as possible. Contact Smiles by Seese today to schedule your endodontic consultation at a time that is convenient for your busy schedule.