Restore Your Health with Root Canal Therapy
Dental infection can cause pain, difficulty eating, and left untreated, even require tooth extraction. Root canal therapy is commonly performed to remove damaged tissue and restore a patient's oral health. The dental team at Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics provides high-quality care to patients in the Philadelphia, PA-area by offering a wide array of services. Dr. Kellyn Hodges and her team coordinate with a highly trained endodontist for streamlined and efficient care. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate you might need root canal treatment, contact us using our online form or call (215) 245-5100 today.
When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is necessary when the dental pulp has become infected. This soft tissue lies within the root canals of each tooth.
Signs of Infection
While some patients may not experience any symptoms, there are often noticeable signs that you are suffering from a dental infection:
- Severe toothache
- Swollen or tender gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of the tooth
If you have any of these concerns, it is essential to bring it to the attention of your doctor as soon as possible. The earlier a root canal infection is treated, the better chance we have of saving the tooth.
Consequences of Untreated Infection
An untreated dental infection can have serious consequences as the bacteria will continue to multiply. This can lead to the development of an abscess, as well as damage to the surrounding soft and hard tissues. In many cases, the tooth must be extracted in order to protect the patient's overall oral health.
What to Expect
To begin, the doctor will numb the treatment area and surrounding tissue to ensure your comfort. A small hole will be made in the biting surface of the tooth in order to allow access to the interior portion. Then the infected dental pulp will be removed from the root canals. The inside of the tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and reshaped so that it can be filled with gutta percha, a rubber-like substance, to seal off the root canals.
It is of the utmost importance to address any signs of infection as soon as possible to save your tooth from requiring extraction.
Often, patients are provided with a temporary filling or dental crown at this point until your customized restoration is complete. Depending on the location of the treated tooth, you may prefer an all-porcelain crown for a more natural appearance. During your consultation, we will discuss your options and help you find a solution that provides the best results.
The permanent crown will be cemented in place during a second appointment, usually about two weeks after your initial visit. Afterwards, you can return to your daily activities. You may feel some lingering sensitivity but this should quickly dissipate. Since the source of discomfort has been removed, you should be able to chew and eat more comfortably within a few days.
Reach Out to Our Practice
Do not allow a dental infection go untreated. Our skilled doctors can quickly complete an in-depth evaluation to detect signs of decay. If you are suffering from sensitivity, pain, or swelling, contact us online or by phone at (215) 245-5100 to schedule a consultation today.