Root Canal Therapy
At A Glowing Smile Dental Care, we always work with patients to try and save their existing, natural teeth when possible. There are many benefits to preserving your natural teeth, and if a root canal can save the existing tooth, this is always a preferred option over an implant or dentures.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
When the pulp of a tooth has become badly infected with decay and bacteria, a common treatment to save the tooth is called a root canal. Often, a patient who needs a root canal will experience severe pain, swelling, or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures at the source of the tooth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms at all.
If Dr. Dicello determines that we can save your tooth, you may be a candidate for a root canal. Alternatives to root canals include an extraction of the tooth without an implant or an extraction of the tooth followed by an artificial dental implant. Not all patients are candidates for dental implants however; bone structure and gum health are considerations in dental implant treatment.
Misconceptions about Root Canal Therapy
While a root canal might sound scary, it is actually a very common procedure and can be the best way to preserve your tooth (and avoid a tooth extraction). Contrary to popular belief, a root canal isn’t painful—in fact, most patients are happy that they are finally out of pain once the root canal is complete. In fact, many patients are surprised to find that a root canal treatment feels similar to a basic filling!
What Can I Expect?
When you come into our Peoria dental office for a consultation, we will take x-rays to examine the condition of your hurting tooth and the surrounding bone. Once Dr. Dicello has diagnosed that a root canal is the best option to save the natural tooth, he will carefully remove the decay, bacteria and inflamed pulp of your tooth. After thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the area, Dr. Dicello will seal the tooth.
Typically, a root canal is followed by the placement of a crown or a filling. The crown or filling is used to protect tooth from fracture, as the tooth can be delicate after a root canal.
Once a root canal and restoration has been performed, your tooth will be completely functional and you won’t need to take any special precautions when eating your favorite foods.
Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain? Contact Us!
If you are experiencing pain that radiates from a specific tooth or teeth, give us a call to schedule a consultation. We understand how immensely painful toothaches can be. Our gentle, compassionate team of dental professionals is dedicated to getting our patients out of pain fast and proficiently.