You’ve probably heard lots of stories from others about root canals, and none of them are good. Many of us have a built-in fear of root canals, but did you know that it’s a procedure that relieves pain and saves a tooth from extraction?
And if you’re in pain because of a dental abscess or infected tooth, a root canal is the only procedure that will relieve it. At Dental Wellness of Pen Argyl, we perform comfortable root canals to preserve the health of our patients' smiles.
How a Tooth Becomes Infected
Deep inside your tooth, there’s an area that contains the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves that keep your tooth alive. This area is called the pulp chamber.
If bacteria enter this area because of gum disease, a cavity, or a crack in your tooth, an infection occurs. An infection inside your tooth can be very painful, and the pain is usually the first sign that something is wrong.
The only treatment that will relieve your pain and clear away the infection is a root canal. So just remember that what you’ve heard isn’t true; root canals don’t cause pain, they relieve it.
How We Treat an Infected Root Canal
Dr. Timothy Burke is a general dentist in Pen Argyl who performs comfortable root canals for our patients all the time. Most nervous patients tell us afterward that treatment was so gentle that it wasn’t any more complicated than having a tooth filled.
First, we make a small hole in the back of the tooth so our dentists can reach the inside of your tooth. Next, our dentists use modern rotary endodontic technology to clear away the infection comfortably. When the infection is gone, we disinfect the area, fill it, then seal the tooth.
Our dentists will place a temporary filling, and we’ll have you return in two weeks to have a regular filling or crown placed on the tooth to strengthen and protect it.
We Want You to Get the Best Care
Our dental team can perform many root canals here in our Pen Argyl dental office. However, your well-being is our priority, and we want to make sure that you always get the most appropriate care for your needs.
In some cases, we’ll refer a root canal to a specialist called an endodontist. This is a specialty in dentistry that focuses on root canal problems. If we find a specialist is best equipped to handle your needs, we’ll refer you to a trusted professional in our area.
Do You Have a Toothache? Call Us Today
For most people, the first sign that they need root canal treatment is a severe toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, or a raised bump on the gums. If you’re experiencing any of these, you might need a root canal at our Pen Argyl dental office.
We are always available for emergency root canals, so please call our office right away. The sooner we treat a root canal infection, the better chance we have of saving the tooth.
Please call us at (610) 863-8988, and we’ll make sure you get the relief and treatment you need.