Tooth decay and infections can spread quickly. Sometimes, there are very few symptoms until the infection has reached a critical stage. If a tooth infection becomes integrated with the dentin or pulp, or if decay makes its way into the tooth's base, a root canal may be the only way to save a tooth.
Thankfully, root canals aren't as scary as movies make them out to be! At Kevin Spees Dentistry, your comfort and care is our top priority. With each visit to our office, we will do whatever it takes to ensure you have a highly successful procedure and a positive dental experience.
Do I need a root canal?
There are several signs to be aware of if you are concerned you may need a root canal. These symptoms include:
- Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe pain
- Throbbing pain
- Abscess around the tooth
- Severe damage/trauma to the tooth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may need a root canal. Dr. Spees will be happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your symptoms, concerns, and treatment options.
How are root canals done?
First, Dr. Spees will perform an extensive examination to determine if a root canal is the best treatment option to save your tooth.
To begin the treatment, Dr. Spees and his skilled dental team will remove any infected pulp and tissue from the tooth. It will then be thoroughly cleaned to ensure no infectious tissue or bacteria remains. After this, your tooth will be medicated and sealed. Depending on how extensive the damage is, Dr. Spees may recommend a dental crown or another similar treatment to protect your tooth's remaining structure.
If you are worried about your root canal treatment, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to make your visit comfortable and stress-free.
How do I care for my root canal?
After your root canal, continue a regular schedule of brushing and flossing. Maintaining a healthy oral regime will help prevent further damage and reinfection. To protect your crown or filling, avoid biting or chewing on anything hard such as ice. Taking proper care of your teeth will ensure the health of your root canal and crown, and will contribute to lasting oral health.
If you have questions about root canal treatments or procedures, please contact our office at one of our two convenient locations to speak to a member of our caring staff. We will schedule a consultation to discuss any concerns and treatment options.