Doylestown’s Preferred Root Canal Dentist
You only get one set of adult teeth: It’s vital that you properly care for them. Many years ago, if your teeth were diseased, they would have to be pulled. But nowadays, our dentists can save your adult teeth with an endodontic treatment called a root canal.
Continue below to learn more from the leading dentists serving Chalfont, New Britain, and Doylestown, American Dental Care.
When is a root canal necessary?
If the dental pulp, the soft tissue inside your teeth that contains blood vessels and nerves, has suffered an injury or developed a disease, you might need a root canal. You may have a pulp infection if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache while chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swollen or tender gums
The dental pulp is susceptible to the growth of bacteria and therefore, at high risk for infection under the following circumstances:
- The tooth is cracked or chipped
- There is a deep cavity or filling
- Any other serious injury to the tooth
It’s crucial that you schedule regular visits at American Dental Care to prevent infection. We can identify and treat issues like the above before they worsen and cause you more pain.
If your pulp becomes infected and you ignore it, the infection can spread to the tissues around the root of the tooth, resulting in severe pain and swelling. Even if you’re lucky enough to avoid the pain, the ensuing bacteria can damage the bone that keeps your tooth in place in your jaw. Without proper treatment, the tooth will have to be extracted.
Root Canal: Step-by-Step
- First and foremost, we numb the tooth for your comfort. We understand that you likely aren’t looking forward to undergoing a root canal, so we want to make the experience as pleasant as we possibly can for you. The dentist will place a thin sheet of latex rubber over your tooth to keep it dry before making an opening through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
- Your dentist will remove the nerve (dental pulp) from the pulp chamber and root canal (the space inside the root). Then we clean and shape the canal for filling.
- Your dentist may administer medicine in order to rid the pulp chamber and root canal of bacteria.
- We seal the root canal with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
- The dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth to prevent potential contamination of the root canal. We may prescribe antibiotics if the infection has grown beyond the end of the root(s).
- You must follow the dentist’s instructions to manage pain and care for your teeth. Take the medication as prescribed while following the dietary and oral care guidelines as given to you by the dentist, so your recovery is as comfortable as possible.
- Upon returning for your final appointment a week or two later, the dentist will fully restore the tooth by replacing the temporary filling with a crown or permanent filling. Your dentist will recommend appropriate pain management techniques if necessary, on a case-by-case basis.
Our team is more than happy to assist you with any questions, concerns or anxiety you may feel about your root canal treatment. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities, so we strive to make your visit goes as smoothly as possible.
Contact American Dental Care
The best way to avoid infections, toothaches and other types of oral discomfort is to schedule a visit with your dentist every six months. At American Dental Care, we perform a wide range of dental treatments from the routine to the specialized. Whether your wisdom tooth requires extraction, or you need to schedule a regular teeth cleaning, contact our team if you live in Doylestown, New Britain, Chalfont or another nearby area.
To contact us at American Dental Care, please call (215) 348-4041 at your convenience. Otherwise, you can make an express appointment request here on our website. And remember, our dentists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case of an emergency!