To relieve sensitivity and severe, recurring tooth pain caused by extensive decay, a root canal may be needed.
Root canal treatment, also called endodontic therapy, aims to save a decayed tooth from extraction by taking out bacteria. Once bacteria and the infected pulp are removed, the cavity is sealed off using a special material, and the tooth is capped with a dental crown that both protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure.
The root canal procedure is straightforward, painless, and results in minimal discomfort, about as uncomfortable as having tooth-colored dental fillings placed. Many root canal patients at the Waterford Dentist will tell you that the treatment actually relieved an incredible amount of root canal pain from the infected tooth.
If you experience root canal symptoms of infection in the inner chamber of your tooth, see your dentist right away. Delaying treatment can cause prolonged pain. Left untreated, the infection will kill the dental pulp, damage the tooth beyond repair, destroy bone, and can even spread to the neck and face. Some of the symptoms include:
- Severe and recurring tooth pain
- Abscess near aching teeth
- Sensitivity to cold and hot food or beverages
- Tooth discoloration
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Loose tooth
- Bad breath
Root canal treatment is done under local anesthetic so you feel no pain whatsoever. Anxious patients who want a higher level of comfort can benefit from the various sedation options we offer. Dr. Heuerman and Dr. Ratz have both taken endodontic treatment graduate courses at advanced levels.