Root Canals

root canalsErie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

Forget what you think you know about root canals. At Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, we make root canals as convenient as possible for our patients, while achieving the ultimate goal of preventing total tooth loss.

Reasons for a root canal

The most typical issue that leads to a root canal is an infection in the interior tissue of a tooth. Infection occurs when bacteria enters the interior chamber of a tooth either from a crack, an old leaky filling, or tooth decay. This tissue, which is commonly called the pulp or dental pulp, contains the blood vessels and nerves. When an infection occurs in this area of a tooth, the best treatment is to clean the interior chamber of the tooth by removing the pulp and sealing it with a special filling. Failure to do so will allow the infection to spread eventually through the tooth root and into the jawbone. An infection at this stage is called an abscess, and, eventually, could threaten even your life as the bacteria from the infection enter the bloodstream.

What can you expect from a root canal procedure?

Any root canal will entail multiple visits to your dentist. At the first trip, the area that is to be treated will be made numb, and the infected pulp is removed from the tooth by way of tiny dental files. The tooth’s chamber is sanitized and rinsed clean. Then, a temporary filling is placed in the tooth to protect the roots, and an antibiotic often is prescribed to safeguard against additional infection.

A dental crown is recommended following a root canal procedure. The purpose of the crown is to strengthen the tooth and prevent it from further damage. The crown preparation procedure can be done at a later visit.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

An abscessed tooth often presents a significant amount of pain that is not relieved by over-the-counter pain medications. However, other times, a tooth that needs a root canal exhibits no readily obvious symptoms. A tooth that has succumbed to an injury may turn gray because the nerve inside the tooth has died. Although you may not experience any discomfort, the tooth will be discolored and not respond to teeth whitening procedures. This stresses the need to maintain a regular schedule of visiting your dentist at least twice per year for an examination and professional cleaning. These regular visits can help detect whether or not you have a tooth that may be a potential problem and lead to a root canal.

It is crucial to choose a dentist who has the training and experience to perform a root canal. You can trust Laser Dentistry of Erie to provide the top level of care you deserve. Contact our office by calling (814) 825-2615.

Laser Dentistry of Erie serves Erie, PA and the surrounding areas.