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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of the tooth, and cleaning the infected area. A tooth's pulp and nerve is not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, pus builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Severe tooth pain while chewing
Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth


What does the treatment involve?

First, an opening is made into the pump chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.g to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.

Piedmont Dental Partners

Rock Hill dentists Dr. Ben Areheart and Dr. Paul Reid understand how important your smile is to how you look and feel, and we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of dentistry in Rock Hill, SC.
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