Restoring Comfort with a Root Canal
A diseased pulp is a significant problem. In the past, the only treatment for a damaged pulp was extraction of the entire tooth. Thanks to advanced dental technology, your dentist can now save your diseased tooth with a root canal.
Today, root canal therapy is simple and comfortable. Dr. Seth Lookhart offers calming sedation treatments to his patients so they can relax or sleep through the procedure. Anesthesia will protect you from sensing pain during the root canal.
The Purpose of a Root Canal
A root canal involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth. When you choose a root canal, you can avoid tooth extraction. You won’t have to worry about filling in the gap in your smile with a false tooth.
Root canal therapy allows you to preserve your natural smile even after severe damage. The pulp is the inside portion of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. If it becomes infected and is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and intense pain.
During a root canal, your dental professional will remove the pulp from a hole in the crown of the tooth. He will clean out the root canals and seal the tooth. Your tooth will maintain all of its bite force so that you can continue to eat and speak normally.
Warning Signs of a Damaged Pulp
You should watch out for the following indications of a diseased pulp.
- Severe toothache
- Pain when chewing
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in surrounding gums
Even if you do not feel pain, you should see your dentist regularly. Dr. Seth Lookhart may be able to detect a damaged tooth before you do.
Root canal therapy is far less painful than enduring a diseased pulp. In fact, with today’s resources, most patients find that a root canal procedure is not painful at all!
It’s not too late to save your smile with a root canal. Call us today at Clear Creek Dental and start receiving excellent care.