Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Horsham, PA
Painful teeth shouldn’t be ignored — it can be a sign of a serious infection that puts your teeth and overall health at risk. D3 Dental in Horsham, Pennsylvania, offers same-day root canals so that you can get fast pain relief and protect your tooth from further damage. Call or book an appointment online to learn how a root canal could help you.
Root Canal Q&A
What is a root canal?
If your tooth is cracked, injured, or decaying, you can experience a severe dental infection in the center of your tooth, called the pulp. Without treatment, this infection can spread to your tooth root and cause your tooth to fall out. If the infection spreads farther into your bloodstream, it can cause problems in other areas of your body, including your heart.
Root canals, or endodontic treatments, are in-office dental procedures to remove infected tissue and prevent serious complications.
What are the reasons I would need a root canal?
Root canals can improve your dental health and alleviate your painful symptoms.
Reasons that you might need a root canal include:
- Easing pain caused by an infected tooth
- Decay reaching the tooth pulp
- Infection or abscess developing inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Injury to the tooth
- Saving you money by reducing the need for more expensive procedures
Root canals are far cheaper and less time-consuming than tooth extraction and replacement with a dental bridge. They are a long-term solution to save your tooth.
How does a root canal work?
Your dentist at D3 Dental or an endodontist (a root canal specialist) will do your root canal procedure.
First, your provider numbs your tooth. They then place a rubber sheet around it to keep it dry and clean. Your provider makes an opening on top of the tooth. He then inserts tiny files into the opening, one at a time.
Using the files, they remove the infected pulp and nerve tissue. If there’s tooth decay, your provider removes that as well.
Once the tooth is completely clean, your provider seals it. You could get a permanent filling right away. Or you might get a temporary filling and be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to get the permanent filling. Your provider also fits a crown over the permanent filling to protect your tooth, helping to strengthen it and restore it to its full function.
After your root canal treatment, your tooth might still be sensitive at first. This sensitivity should go away once the inflammation has gone and the tooth heals.
When done before an infection spreads, a root canal can help you keep your natural teeth longer. Call D3 Dental today or schedule an appointment online.