When considering the benefits that technology has brought to dentistry, the focus is often on new treatments. But older ones have also been revamped to incorporate modern techniques and the state-of-the-art equipment that makes results better, and the journey getting to those results considerably easier. At Grand Valley Dentistry, this is 100% true about root canal therapy. What was once thought of as a scary treatment that many people wanted to avoid has now become one that is comfortable. In short, there is no reason to fear it.
Our Allendale root canal is necessary when a tooth either becomes infected or has suffered inner damage due to dental trauma, such as when the tooth has been jarred loose from its socket from an injury or accident. Your tooth has a protective barrier that consists of an enamel layer on the outside, and a dentin layer beneath it. Infections occur when a chipped or cracked tooth, a cavity, or a filling that has come loose or fallen out allows bacteria to get inside. The symptoms that are associated include a basic toothache, pain specifically when you chew or put pressure on the tooth, swelling, sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages, tooth discoloration, or gum tenderness. Our Allendale root canal is done under local anesthesia. The infected or damaged tissue is taken out, and the canals are subsequently cleaned, disinfected, and then sealed to prevent further infections. Depending on how many canals the tooth has, the complete process could take more than one session, and you will be fitted with a temporary crown if that is necessary. After the tooth heals, you will then get a permanent crown, restoring the tooth to normal size and appearance.
Whether or not our Allendale root canal is the appropriate treatment, if you suffer any of the symptoms listed above, or your tooth has come loose from force, be sure to call us immediately for a prompt appointment.