Save Your Natural Tooth With Root Canal Therapy

Chronic toothache? Severe decay? Tooth infection or trauma? Give your tooth a second chance with root canal therapy.

Doing so will help you:

  • preserve your natural tooth that would otherwise have to be removed
  • avoid more costly dental treatments in the future with implants and bridges
  • preserve your smile and avoid significant problems for adjacent teeth

Stop the Pain and Start Smiling Again

Effective Treatment To Preserve Your Tooth

If you want to keep your damaged or infected tooth for as long as possible with pain-free root canal therapy, you should know that this endodontic procedure can be completed in-house at Acton Smile Hub by Dr. Tufa. Once the root canal treatment is completed, she will place a dental crown to protect your tooth from further damage. This prevents the back and forth of visiting an off-site endodontist and then coming back for restorative dental crown procedure.

Dr Tufa discussing root canal treatment with a patient

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

Simply put, the endodontic treatment also known as a root canal or RCT is a dental procedure that eliminates bacteria and infection from the inside of the tooth. This is done to eliminate any pain or discomfort and preserve the natural tooth.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal Procedure?

A natural tooth consists of a hard, outer shell comprised of dentin, enamel and cementum and an inner anatomical space called the pulp chamber and (root) canals that contain soft tissue, called the pulp. The pulp tissue contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp tissue and the nerve inside the tooth gets damaged, inflamed or infected because or decay or injury, a root canal procedure can save the tooth and can help restore it to natural function.

Most common symptoms of a tooth infection include: pain and throbbing, particularly to pressure and chewing; pain that is spontaneous, and typically worsens at night and keeps you up at night; pain that is lingering and stays long after the tooth has been provoked; localized or diffused swelling and enlarged lymph nodes, etc.

But infected teeth are not always painful or symptomatic. Many teeth that have had a chronic and long-standing infection can be quiet for years. These infections can be an “accidental” finding during a regular checkup appointment. Catching potential oral health problems like this is one of the reasons xrays are taken at your routine checkup exams – it could be a difference between saving the natural tooth and losing it.

Root canal treatments are highly successful and, in most cases, can last a lifetime, though in some cases depending on the specific situation a tooth may need to be retreated due to new infections.

Illustration of root canal treatment

What is Involved in a Root Canal Therapy?

The restorability of a tooth needs to be evaluated before an endodontic treatment is initiated. This is because teeth that need a root canal treatment are usually extensively broken down and structurally weak.

Local anesthetic is used to numb the area. For teeth that are extensively and acutely infected, it may take more anesthetic to get the “hot” tooth comfortable.

Once the tooth is numb an opening is created in the tooth to access and remove the infected or inflamed pulp tissue. A barrier, called a rubber dam will be placed on the tooth so it can be cleaned and disinfected, and once the length of the roots is confirmed, the cleaned and dried canals will be filled and sealed.

Checkup xrays are taken during and after the completion of a root canal procedure. An oral antibiotic regimen may be prescribed as needed. During this appointment the tooth is restored with a temporary filling or a temporary crown.

Root Canal Procedure Video

See how root canal therapy can save a tooth with damaged or infected nerves and restore its natural function.

A usual treatment protocol for teeth that have undergone endodontic treatment, especially teeth in the posterior of the mouth, like molars and premolars, is to place post and cores and crowns to prevent the weakened and now brittle tooth from breaking down. Once these procedures are complete the tooth is saved and restored to its natural function.

Is Root Canal Painful?

Since this treatment is done after local anesthesia is administered, it is no more painful than a regular dental procedure such as a dental crown preparation. The newly treated tooth can, however, be sore for few days and have mild discomfort that responds well to an over-the-counter pain killer such as Advil or Tylenol.

Are Root Canals Safe?

Root canal treatments are completely safe for most of patients. They have a long track record of successfully treating and saving teeth, thus improving oral and general health. With advancements in dental science, procedural techniques and materials, endodontic treatments are becoming safer and more successful than ever. Today, there is no scientific evidence that links root canal treated teeth and serious health issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY...

Root Canal Testimonials

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FRANK P.

Dr Tufa and her staff took over from Dr. James Hwang, my previous dentist. Of course I was concerned with a new dentist, BUT Dr. Tufa recently did a terrific job saving a very compromised tooth. She did the complete job, including a root canal and a crown. Root canals are NEVER fun but she did the job with minimal discomfort and was able to save both my tooth - AND my sanity after some serious tooth pain. Thanks for a job well done!

Do You Have an Infected Tooth That Needs Root Canal Therapy?

When deep tooth decay, cavities, or traumatic injuries cause bacteria to penetrate the protective layers of the tooth and reach the dental pulp and cause damage or an infection – the tooth needs a root canal treatment. An alternative is to remove the tooth and disinfect the area which then leaves an unsightly gap between your teeth that will cause other issues and require more costly procedures. Hence, it is preferred to preserve the natural tooth.

Get in touch with us if you have any questions or to schedule a root canal therapy appointment with Dr. Tufa.