Your mouth is complex, and a lot can happen beneath what you see on the surface. Beneath your exposed teeth lay your roots and root canals, which contain nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. Keeping your root canals healthy is just as important as keeping your teeth’s surfaces and gums healthy. Just like a tooth can develop a cavity, a root canal can become infected and require treatment called root canal therapy (RCT).
During root canal therapy, your dentist will clean and seal the entire root canal to prevent future infections in the nerve tissue or pulp. When this infected tissue or pulp is not treated, it breaks down and bacteria can cause an abscess, or infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat. However, with a simple root canal, you can prevent an abscess from developing.
If we determine you need root canal therapy, our endodontists use advanced technology to make treatment simple and efficient, and restore your pain-free mouth.
Root Canal Symptoms
There are several symptoms that will lead your dentist to explore whether root canal therapy (RCT) is right for you. Learn the common root canal symptoms.
Root Canal Procedures
Although there may be a certain stigma around root canal procedures, your Dental Associates dentist is specialized in endodontics, and will perform the procedure in a manner that causes as little pain as possible. If a root canal infection is not taken care of in a timely manner, the infection can spread and will cause worse problems in the future.
Emergency Root Canal
A root canal typically does not require an emergency procedure. However, if you experience tooth pain that is so severe that it greatly affects your everyday activities, we would be happy to assist you immediately. We offer 24-hour urgent care to active patients of record. If you or your child has a dental emergency during non-business hours, call our office and the urgent care answering service will contact you quickly to our on-call staff. Learn more about Dental Associates’ emergency dental care.
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