Harrisburg’s Preferred Root Canal Treatment Endodontist
Since we only have one set of adult teeth, it’s vital that they are taken care of. Dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades. When, at one point, a dentist would simply pull your teeth at the sign of disease, we are now in a golden age in the dentistry profession, especially for endodontists – or dentists who specialize in the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the soft tissue inside your teeth that contains blood vessels and nerves, and when infected you can expect to notice the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache when chewing
- Hot or cold sensitivity
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Tender or swollen gums
These are some warning signs that you may need to schedule an appointment with a dentist for further examination. If you are experiencing these symptoms yourself, it is likely you will need a root canal to correct the problem.
Continue below to learn more about root canals from the leading endodontists at American Dental Care, serving New Cumberland, PA, Bressler, PA, and Harrisburg, PA.
When Is It Time for a Root Canal?
Based on the information mentioned above, you may want to visit a dentist if you’ve identified any of the symptoms in your own teeth. Because dental pulp is very susceptible to bacterial growth, there is a high risk of infection. If you notice any of the following problems with your teeth, an infection is almost guaranteed:
- There is a deep cavity, filled or unfilled
- The tooth is chipped or cracked
- Any other serious injuries to the tooth
It’s imperative to the health of your teeth to schedule regular visits for the purpose of preventative dental care. Our dentists can identify and treat any problems before they become a major concern. We wish to relieve you of pain and discomfort so that your mouth can be restored to its normal, healthy functionality.
The spread of bacteria is another major risk involved with pulp infections. If ignored, the infection can spread to the tissues around the root of the tooth, resulting in swelling and severe pain. Even if you are fortunate enough to avoid the pain, the ensuing bacteria can damage the bone that keeps your teeth rooted in your jaw.
Without proper treatment, the tooth will have to be extracted. If caught early enough, a root canal can effectively solve the problem.
Root Canal: Step-by-Step
- Anesthesia is administered and the tooth is numbed for your comfort.
- The dentist will then place a thin sheet of latex rubber over your tooth to keep it dry before making an opening through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
- Your dentist will then remove the nerve (dental pulp) from the pulp chamber and root canal (the space inside the root).
- The canal is shaped and cleaned for filling.
- Your dentist may administer medicine in order to rid the pulp chamber and root canal of bacteria.
- We seal the root canal with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
- The dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth to prevent potential contamination of the root canal. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the infection has grown beyond the end of the root(s).
- You must follow the dentist’s instructions to manage pain and care for your teeth. Take the medication as prescribed while following the dietary and oral care guidelines as given to you by the dentist, so your recovery is as comfortable as possible.
- Upon returning for your final appointment a week or two later, the dentist will fully restore the tooth by replacing the temporary filling with a crown or permanent filling. Your dentist will recommend appropriate pain management techniques if necessary, on a case-by-case basis.
Our team is more than happy to assist you with any questions, concerns or anxiety you may feel about your root canal treatment. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities, so we strive to make your visit go as smoothly as possible.
Contact American Dental Care
The best way to avoid infections, toothaches and other types of oral pain is to schedule a visit with your dentist every six months. Our staff performs a wide range of dental treatments from the routine to the specialized. Whether you require wisdom teeth removal, or you need to schedule a regular teeth cleaning appointment, contact the 24 hr dentists at American Dental Care if you live in Harrisburg, Bressler, New Cumberland, PA or any of the surrounding communities.
To contact us, please call (717) 279-5242 at your convenience. Otherwise, you can make an express appointment request here on our website.