Endodontics is the specialty dealing with root canal therapy.
The most common endodontic therapy is a root canal, which involves removing the infected pulp and then filling the canal where the pulp once was. The dental pulp is the soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, root canal therapy can save the tooth; without a root canal, the infection will spread and eventually the tooth will fall out, requiring more costly dental implants or bridges to repair your bite. After a root canal, the tooth is dead because the nerve tissue and blood supply to the tooth have been removed. Over time, this causes the tooth to become brittle, a filling and crown are necessary to protect the tooth from cracking.
Delmar Family Dental is dedicated to monitoring your mouth for endodontic and root canal therapy needs. If you are experiencing symptoms we will help you arrive at a correct diagnosis and refer you promptly to an excellent endodontic specialist for prompt care. We will see you after the procedure to place a filling or crown.
Root Canal Therapy
Historically, root canals have gotten a bad rap, but the good news is that advances in dental technology have made it much less painful and "scary," with more than a 95% success rate.
When a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, severely decayed or injured, you may need a root canal. Symptoms of infection include:
- Painful chewing
- Heat/cold sensitivity
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum swelling, tenderness
- Or no symptoms; only a dental exam will discover it
Left untreated, a root canal infection can cause swelling in the face or neck, tooth loss, and infection draining into the gums, cheek, skin and even into your bloodstream. The only alternative to a root canal is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or partial denture which can be far more expensive and time-consuming than a root canal.
Delmar Family Dental is dedicated to monitoring your mouth for endodontic and root canal therapy needs. If you are experiencing symptoms we will help you arrive at a correct diagnosis and refer you promptly to an excellent endodontic specialist for prompt care. Once the root canal is done, the tooth is now weakened, and we will see you after the procedure to place a filling or crown to prevent it from fracturing.
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