Endodontic Treatments & Procedures
Experienced in saving teeth using state-of-the-art endodontic treatments and procedures, Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairlawn/Akron, Ohio, always makes sure the root canal process is as expeditious and comfortable as possible for our patients.
We completely understand some people feel anxious when visiting the dentist. Therefore, we provide a caring, supportive atmosphere to help you get the dental treatment you need.
Why are Root Canals Necessary?
When bacteria from tooth decay invade and infect the pulpal space, it causes inflammation of the pulp called pulpitis. Once it turns to irreversible pulpitis, the pulp or nerve needs to be removed and replaced with a putty-like dental substance after cleansing, shaping, and enlarging all the canals.
Pulpitis could also be caused by chronic trauma to the tooth and could cause necrosis of the pulp, mandating a root canal treatment.
Therefore, pulpitis that results in necrosis and death of the nerve could be caused by bacterial infection to the pulp from tooth caries or by chronic trauma induced by bruxism, grinding and clenching habits, or simply and typically by a traumatic bite.
Endodontic treatments and procedures performed by your Fairlawn/Akron dentist can prevent tooth loss and extractions and further dental treatments to replace the missing tooth.
Saving a natural tooth with a root canal is the best option if the tooth can be successfully restored with a protective crown after endodontic treatment has been completed.
If the tooth structure is guarded and compromised, and could not be saved with a crown, extraction and implant replacement will be the next best treatment choice.
Most root canals are usually started and finished in one or two appointments based on the number of roots and canals in each tooth and the complexity of the treatment.
Once a root canal is completed, a crown restoration is mandated. The endodontically treated teeth become fragile due to loss of vitality and are susceptible to fracturing.
A crown restoration protects the weak tooth structure, supports the long-term results of the endodontic treatment, and provides longevity to the tooth.
Signs of dental pulpitis and inflammation:
- Spontaneous pain that comes and goes
- Pain radiating down into the jaw
- Pain and sensitivity upon chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold food or stimuli
- Soft tissue swelling and inflammation with a fistula oozing pus
- Discoloration of the tooth due to necrosis of the pulp
Schedule an appointment today
Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, serving the Fairlawn/Akron, Ohio area, encourages you to make an appointment today if you have any of these symptoms.
Delaying necessary endodontic treatments may mean extracting the tooth when it could have been saved with a simple root canal and a crown.
If you think you may need a root canal, please call our Fairlawn/Akron dental office today to learn more about the procedure, what to expect, and how we can help you feel less anxious about the procedure.