At The Miller Center, patient satisfaction is paramount, so when you undergo root canal therapy at our office, you can rest assured that we will make you feel as comfortable as possible. During treatment, we remove infected tissues from within the tooth, fill the space, and seal it to prevent further decay. In most cases, the final step of treatment is the placement of a dental crown. If you are suffering with advanced tooth decay, root canal treatment can be performed in our office to provide the relief you need. Contact us today to learn more.
Root Canal Therapy Can Save a Damaged Tooth
Root Canal Candidates
If your tooth becomes severely decayed or damaged from previous trauma, its pulp – the nerves and blood vessels within it – can become infected. This can cause discomfort and, if left untreated, can break down the entire structure of the tooth and affect the jaw bone. You may need a root canal if you experience:
- Swollen or sensitive gums near a specific tooth
- An ongoing lesion or sore on the gums
- A tooth that appears darker than adjacent teeth
- Severe tooth sensitivity to pressure, heat, and cold
The Root Canal Procedure
First, we will assess the extent of infection with a visual exam and digital X-ray. In most cases, we only need to perform root canal therapy on a single tooth.
Once diagnosed, Dr. Miller will numb the affected area with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. You may request sedation if you feel anxiety or apprehension about the procedure. Next, he will place a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it sterile and dry during treatment. A small hole will be created in the top of the tooth; then, Dr. Miller will use our advanced rotary file, designed specifically for this treatment, to remove the affected tissue from within the tooth. After the pulp is removed, he will clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. If you suffer from a severe infection, the doctor may place medicated material inside the tooth for one week to eradicate any disease. Next, they will fill the hole with a synthetic compound known as gutta-percha before sealing the tooth. This compound prevents the tooth from becoming weakened by the procedure.
To restore the outer layers of your teeth, we typically place a post and build up the core of the tooth with bonding material so that it can support a dental crown. The doctor will then cap the tooth with a crown to improve its appearance, protect it from further damage, and restore the balance of your bite.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy provides many advantages, including:
- Saving the tooth from further damage and avoiding the need for extraction
- Relief of uncomfortable symptoms such as toothache, swelling, and temperature sensitivity
- Protecting the rest of your smile from infection and damage
- Providing a more attractive appearance, especially with our strong, natural-looking ceramic dental crowns