Gentle Root Canals
When the outside of a tooth is damaged, we place a filling or a crown. But when the inside is damaged, the tooth needs a root canal. Also known as “endodontics,” these procedures can be performed by a general dentist or an endodontic specialist. Dr. Lee and Dr. Parker are happy to provide most endodontic therapy procedures right here in our office!
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing classic symptoms of nerve damage like:
- An abscess
- Facial swelling or pain
- Cracked, broken teeth
- Darkening of the tooth
The tooth can become infected with tooth decay that can spread through the enamel and into the nerve. It can also be a result of trauma, like a fall or auto accident. If not treated, the infection can easily spread. If an infection is severe, we may recommend having you take antibiotics to clear up some of the infection before a root canal is started.
Your Endodontic Treatment
During a root canal, Dr. Lee and Dr. Parker will completely numb the tooth and then carefully remove the damaged enamel and the diseased nerve tissue inside. Next, the nerve chamber inside of the root will be cleaned and sealed to prevent future infections. Finally, since the tooth grows brittle after the nerve is extracted, a protective crown will be placed over it to retain both function and aesthetics.
If you delay treating an abscessed tooth, the only option left may be to have it extracted. Otherwise the infection will continue to recur, or spread even deeper into your body.
Is your tooth experiencing symptoms of a nerve infection? Call us right away to discuss what options are available to help you retain your natural tooth. We’re committed to your comfort throughout the entire process. Sedation options are also available!
We also offer the latest in laser dentistry.