Root Canal Treatment in Canton, OH
When bacteria from decay reaches the pulp tissue, or when bacteria normally found in the mouth reaches the pulp tissue through a crack in the tooth, the body responds to this bacterial infection with inflammation at the tip of the root, the only opening where the nerves and blood vessels go into the tooth. The proper treatment for this is endodontic treatment, also called root canal therapy.
How Do I Know If I Need Endodontic Therapy?
If you have a toothache, there could be a number of reasons, including gum disease, a cracked tooth, deep decay or an infection in the tooth and/or the jaw bone. When it’s an infection in the tooth, it is possible that a root canal will be the recommended treatment. Sometimes this presents as pain to touch, sensitivity to temperature change or an inability to bite into or chew foods.
It can also be a slowly developing problem with no obvious symptoms; however, changes in the bone at the root tip which can be seen on CBCT 3D X-rays (which allow visibility on every side of the tooth) are often the first indicator of a looming problem.
Swelling or an obvious bubble of infection next to the tooth are also indicators of infection and should be addressed without delay.
If this bone infection is not treated, it will spread throughout the whole body, causing a breakdown in overall health and limiting the body’s ability to fight other infections. The result can be a severe health threat.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need endodontic care:
- Sudden throbbing or pain when you bite or chew
- Increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Extensive tooth decay or a crack in the tooth
- Swelling around the tooth, expanding into the surrounding area
- Pain near the tooth, which may also include headaches and facial pain
What Are Some Alternatives to Root Canals?
If addressed early, removing the infection inside the tooth with a root canal is ideal. This is typically is finished with a porcelain crown to restore strength to the broken-down tooth and protect the endodontic opening.
In some situations, the tooth may need to be removed. When this happens, many patients choose to have an implant placed at the same appointment, which helps to maintain the space of the extracted tooth and reduce bone loss which is common with some extractions. This can all be done here in our office, to provide consistency in care with one trusted doctor.
At Danner Dental, we use a special laser as part of our endodontic treatment. After mechanical and chemical cleansing, the CO2 laser is used to fully decontaminate the canals inside of the tooth and eliminate any bacteria before the procedure is complete. Dr. Danner has years of experience in performing successful endondontic (root canal) treatments, and helping patients get out of pain and back to enjoying life.
If you are in need of a root canal, please contact us today. This procedure, along with many other procedures, is also available with Sedation for the comfort of our patients.