How root canal therapy can save severely damaged teeth
Dr. Varvara Clark and her team at Chalfont Dental Care perform root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, and can help save severely damaged teeth from permanent extraction. Root canal therapy is a unique and specialized dental procedure that removes the infected dental pulp from inside your tooth before cleaning and sealing it to restore structure and functionality. This treatment prevents further decay or infection of your tooth, allowing you to maintain your natural smile and avoid the removal of the tooth. Patients who need this treatment will benefit from working with our team in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, to reduce the risk of requiring extraction.
Why should I consider root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy can be beneficial for many reasons, especially when saving teeth from extraction. In some cases, such as large cavities or advanced periodontal disease, the dental pulp may become so decayed that it needs to be removed to save the surrounding tissue. By removing the affected area and cleaning out any debris, Dr. Clark can fill the space with a material called gutta-percha to seal it off and maintain the tooth’s structure. After the root canal therapy treatment, the tooth may become weak and brittle, but the fabrication and placement of a porcelain dental crown over the natural tooth can protect it.
How do I know if I require root canal therapy?
Some of the signs and problems that might indicate the need for root canal therapy or other dental services include:
- Swelling and tenderness around the gum line
- Discoloration of the affected tooth
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures when eating or drinking
- Pain while biting down on the affected tooth
- Persistent infection that is not responding to antibiotics
If you spot any of these dental symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark as soon as possible so she can determine if root canal therapy is necessary.
Call the office today!
Root canal therapy has always been an effective way to save severely damaged teeth from extraction and maintain your natural smile and oral health. To learn more about this dental procedure or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Varvara Clark at Chalfont Dental Care in Chalfont, PA. Call (215) 826-3282 to request a visit to 8 Meadowbrook Lane, Suite 1. Our team serves new and current patients in and around the cities of Hatfield, North Wales, New Britain, Montgomery County, and Doylestown, PA.
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.