Many people associate root canal therapy with a painful experience. However, root canal therapy is no less comfortable than a standard dental filing. When your root canal therapy is performed by a highly skilled and experienced dentist at Stubbs Dental in Bountiful, UT, you can expect a precise, gentle, and effective procedure. Employing advanced technology and careful techniques, our doctors can significantly improve your oral health through root canal therapy. Although we strive to prevent the need for this procedure with comprehensive preventative dentistry services, if you are experiencing discomfort, we can take measures to quickly relieve your symptoms.
Why Root Canal Therapy?
If dental decay is not detected early, the infection can spread from the outer enamel and into the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is the inner area of the tooth that houses the blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues, and is connected to the tooth roots. When this portion of the tooth endures infection, it can lead to intense discomfort.
Besides causing often excruciating pain, untreated dental decay can contribute to other oral health problems, including tooth loss. A dental infection that has spread into the pulp chamber is typically treated with root canal therapy. Signs that you may have tooth decay requiring root canal therapy include:
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature that does not stop when the hot or cold item is removed from the mouth
- Noticeable tooth discomfort while eating
- Darkening tooth enamel
- A loose tooth
- Pain when applying pressure to the area around the tooth
- Gum swelling or tenderness
- Small bumps and discoloration of the gums, accompanying tooth discomfort
Root Canal Therapy: Procedure
Stubbs Dental patients can trust that he will deliver an effective and gentle root canal therapy treatment. Your procedure will begin with your dentist carefully numbing your tooth and the adjacent gum tissue. Sedation is also available if you feel especially anxious. Next, he will access the pulp chamber by creating a very small hole through a portion of the outer tooth enamel.
The infected pulp that is causing your pain will be removed through this small portal. To prevent further infection, the area will be sterilized. The chamber will then be filled with a rubber-like substance that will fortify the tooth. The hole will then be sealed and the healthy remainder of the tooth will be reshaped to accommodate a dental crown.
Our crowns are fabricated just for you, to match the shade and shape of your other teeth, so that nobody can detect the dental crown in your smile.
A dental crown is a single tooth restoration that is placed over the affected tooth to give it strength and complete your smile. We are proud to offer porcelain dental crowns of outstanding craftsmanship that blend with your smile. Our crowns are fabricated just for you, to match the shade and shape of your other teeth, so that nobody can detect the crown in your smile.
After Root Canal Therapy
It is normal for root canal therapy patients to experience a minimal degree of tooth pain and sensitivity after their procedure. A soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste for sensitive teeth should be used following your procedure.
Maintaining a consistent at-home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, will help avoid further dental decay that requires root canal therapy. Visiting one of our dental professionals at least twice each year for professional cleanings and exams will also help prevent future dental decay.
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