Will this ailing tooth be saved? it's a question only your dentist at Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, can answer. Dr. Jeffrey Bell, Dr. Dale Collins and Dr. Amy Cravath, an endodontics specialist, bring precise diagnostics and restorative techniques to your treatment room, ensuring you tooth has the best chance of survival. Learn more about root canal therapy and if your tooth qualifies for this reliable restoration.
Root canals: anatomy and treatment
A root canal is the narrow, pulp-filled chamber inside every tooth root in your mouth. When damaged by injury, infection or decay, your tooth's root canals becomes inflamed, endangering the very viability of the tooth, surrounding bone and gums.
To counter advancing oral disease, your dentist at Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, may advise root canal therapy. Named for these chambers inside your teeth, a root canal procedure removes diseased pulp, nerves and blood vessels, preserving and protecting the outer structure with a lifelike dental crown made of durable porcelain.
Normally, the dentist advises root canal treatment based on oral examination, digital X-rays and your particular symptoms. Most patients who need root canal treatment have variety of symptoms which include:
- Severe dental sensitivity to pressure, heat, cold, or sugary foods
- Drainage from the tooth, accompanied by bad breath
- Reddened, swollen gums
- Jaw swelling
- Enamel discoloration
- A red pimple on the gums proximal to the tooth
Fortunately, root canal therapy relieves these nasty discomforts and leaves your tooth clean and disinfected inside and out. The procedure takes two appointments: one for cleaning and sealing the canals (the dentists choose biocompatible gutta-percha to fill and strengthen the canals) and another for removing the temporary crown and bonding on a customized permanent one. Through out, you'll be comfortable and pain-free as your dentist uses local anesthetic to keep the area numb.
A way to preserve your natural tooth
Your dentists at Abington Dental Arts join with their patients in maintaining smiles which are strong, bright and long-lasting. They work hard to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, and modern root canal therapy is a great avenue toward that goal. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists, specialists in root canal therapy and dental implant procedures, says modern root canals save more teeth than ever before.
Find out more
If you have a cracked, heavily restored, or an otherwise compromised tooth, please contact Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, today for a consultation. Look forward to a complete, and completely healthy, smile and call (570) 586-1411.