Tooth pain can be very difficult for patients and may stem from a multitude of factors. However, when your tooth pain is diagnosed as coming from the nerve or pulp a procedure known as a root canal can be completed to alleviate your discomfort.
A root canal is a procedure that removes infected nerve from the central part of the tooth, sterilizes the nerve canal(s) and replaces it with strong filler.
When it comes to navigating and disinfecting the complicated nerve system, having a board certified endodontist( root canal specialist) is very helpful. At our office Dr. Mary Guzek performs endodontic therapy in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Her warm bedside manner and ability to eliminate your tooth pain provides a wonderful service for our patients in need.
Problems That May Require a Root Canal
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp/ nerve
- Swelling or tenderness associated with an infected tooth( Abscess)
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Deep tooth decay that has entered the pulp/ nerve.
- Chipped or broken tooth( trauma)
- Repeat dental procedures on a single tooth
Steps of a Root Canal
- Proper diagnosis of offending tooth in need for root canal
- Local anesthesia is placed to eliminate pain.
- A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth creating a sterile feild.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
- The tooth is comprehensively cleaned.
- With special tools, the canal(s) is reshaped.
- The tooth is filled with biocompatible filling material.
- A temporary covering is used over the access opening.
- Following a recovery period, you will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care that lasts.