Posts for tag: Root Canal

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
February 23, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. All you need to do is call Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA. Dr. Jeffrey Bell and Dr. Amy Cravath are experienced with root canals and can help you efficiently and easily.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?
The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Call Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Bell and Dr. Amy Cravath, call (570) 586-1411.

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
February 15, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Root Canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Clarks Summit, PA, can relieve your dental pain

If you have dental pain, it can be difficult to think about anything else. Do you need a filling, or do you need something more? The truth is, you may need a root canal.

Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath of Abington Dental Arts, in Clarks Summit, PA, offer a wide range of dental care services, including root canal treatment to relieve your dental pain.

So, how do you know if a root canal is needed? Only your dentist can tell for sure, but there are a few signs and symptoms which may indicate you and your tooth can benefit from root canal treatment. You may need a root canal if you: Notice a white or red bump appearing on your gums next to the root of a tooth. Have drainage, which can include blood or pus coming out from the bump on your gums.  Feel sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down on food Experience increasing pain when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods or beverages. Have tooth pain that doesn’t go away 

You may experience the signs and symptoms listed above due to trauma to your teeth, jaws, or face. You may also need a root canal because of chronic irritation and inflammation caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. The biggest contributor to needing a root canal is tooth decay, which can penetrate deep into the inner layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp. The pulp contains the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. When this area is damaged or bruised, it causes inflammation inside your tooth. Pressure and fluid build inside your tooth, causing the tooth pain, which can become intense. When you experience intense dental pain, it’s good to know a root canal can eliminate your pain, and still let you keep your smile. To find out more about the root canal process and how root canal treatment can help you, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Jeffrey Bell, Dale Collins, and Amy Cravath of Abington Dental Arts, in Clarks Summit, PA, at (570) 586-1411. Call now!

By Abington Dental Arts, PC
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

ToothacheWill 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
  • Toothache
  • 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.



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