Root Canal Therapy In Battle Creek
If your tooth is suffering from a large crack, cavity, severe pain, or an abscess, Dr. Long or Dr. Zaher might recommend gentle root canal therapy to save it.
If the idea of a root canal makes you feel nervous, don’t let it! Your comfort is always our priority at Battle Creek Family Dentistry. We offer sedation options like an oral anti-anxiety pill, or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax during your endodontic treatment.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures, reportedly performed well over 14 million times each year in the United States. This treatment is designed to help save your natural teeth and keep you from needing dental implants or bridges.
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure in which your dentist removes the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay of your tooth, and fills the space with a medicated material. Lastly, the emptied canal receives a composite tooth filling.
This process is designed to restore the previously damaged tooth to its full function, and usually lasts a lifetime. Once your root canal therapy is completed, Dr. Long or Dr. Zaher will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent dental crown is placed at your second visit to our Battle Creek office.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Dr. Long or Dr. Zaher may recommend root canal therapy if you are experiencing:
- Swelling and tenderness of your gums
- Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
- An abscess on your gums
These signs can indicate that decay has reached the pulp of your tooth, resulting in infection or an abscess inside the tooth or at the tooth root.
The Root Canal Process
A root canal involves removing the nerve from inside of the canal chamber. The chamber is thoroughly cleaned and medicated before being sealed off to prevent reinfection. Although the procedure can take a bit longer than everyday treatments like fillings, root canals are no more uncomfortable than typical dental care.
Teeth often need root canal therapy when they have:
- Suffered previous trauma
- Severe tooth decay
- Evidence of a dying nerve (tooth discoloration)
- Fractured roots
Battle Creek Family Dentistry is committed to ensuring your comfort throughout the entire root canal process. The entire tooth and the area around it will be completely numbed. Nitrous oxide can also help you relax through the slightly longer procedure.
Almost all teeth treated with a root canal will also need to have a crown placed over the tooth. We help you select a shade of porcelain that closely resembles your natural shade of enamel, ensuring the best results possible.
Schedule Your Consultation With Battle Creek Family Dentistry!
If you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Long or Dr. Zaher as soon as possible.
Dental abscesses, cracked teeth, and large cavities cannot heal themselves and it’s imperative to treat them immediately to help keep the rest of your mouth healthy and pain-free.
A consultation with one of our dentists at Battle Creek Family Dentistry is the perfect way to answer all of your questions and determine if root canal therapy is needed to help save the tooth that is causing you pain. Call us today!
Ask us about our restorative dentistry can preserve your teeth and transform your smile.