Root Canals

It's no secret that needing a root canal can cause you worry or concern.  But it doesn't have to.  Today's innovative root canal techniques are more efficient and patient-friendly than ever before, and they are available here at Gentle Dental Care.  We can perform the vast majority of root canal therapies in a single office visit.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call and schedule your appointment with us today:

  • Persistent aching or throbbing tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids
  • Pain while chewing or pain in your head, neck or ear

When a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp, root canal treatment is necessary (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy).  Other reasons for root canal therapy can include deep restorations or trauma to the tooth that damages the nerve.  Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess).  Once the pulp is infected it can’t heal on its own and must be treated.  Teeth in this condition are often painful and can even weaken the entire immune system.  Untreated infections in the head area are dangerous since they can spread quickly.  The following symptoms are indicators that the pulp has become infected: sensitivity to hot/cold/sweets, pain, swelling, pain when biting, and a bad taste in the mouth.  Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth.  The alternative treatment is extraction.  Once the infection is under control, the canals are filled in to prevent further infections.  A core build-up and crown is usually recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.