Are you suffering from lingering tooth pain and sensitivity after eating or drinking something hot or cold? Do you feel sharp pain when biting or chewing? A toothache is almost always a sign that infection has damaged the pulp within your tooth root. This can be the result of a severe tooth crack or fracture or extensive tooth decay that has reached the inside of the tooth. Without treatment, the infection will continue to cause tooth pain, can lead to a tooth abscess, and in a worst-case scenario, will require the tooth to be extracted altogether.
If you’re experiencing any noticeable symptoms, especially a severe toothache, we have a solution! Located in the root of your tooth, the root canal consists of the pulp chamber, the main canals, and other branches that connect the root canals to each other and to the surface of the root. If the pulp of the tooth becomes damaged, root canal therapy must be performed to remove the pulp, which will help to avoid any further damage to the tooth. Your tooth will still be able to function properly after a root canal.
When the pulp of the tooth is damaged, it can’t heal itself. If left untreated, the infection can not only spread and continue to worsen, it can lead to a serious condition called septicemia, in which the infection from your tooth spreads to the rest of your body. Delaying treatment can create issues bigger than a localized toothache, especially when you consider that this smaller issue can be easily removed by our team.
Root canal therapy at My Indy Dental Center involves removing a portion of the tooth crown to gain access to the pulp chamber and clear out all the infection, damaged pulp and tissues, and bacteria. Disinfecting and cleaning the canals is the next step before filling them with a hardening material called gutta-percha. The tooth will then be sealed to keep bacteria from entering the chamber and root canal, then it will be covered with a dental crown to ensure it remains strong and functional after treatment.
An apicoectomy is recommended when a tooth with a previous root canal still has a residual infection at the tooth root. A minor procedure, root end surgery involves removing the tip of a tooth’s root to prevent further damage or extraction. During treatment, the dentist gains access to the tooth root, then the root tip is removed, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed to block further infection.
When a root canal is not successful or other complications arise, endodontic retreatment provides a second chance at saving a natural tooth. During the procedure, the dental crown and filling material are removed, and the inside of the tooth is evaluated and cleaned. The new filling is added to seal the tooth, then the new or existing dental crown will be reattached.
Once your endodontic procedure at My Indy Dental Center is complete, you’ll be able to live a comfortable and functional life again without any tooth pain. We’ll provide the necessary instructions to ensure your recovery is fast and healthy. In general, you can expect the following benefits from treatment:
Find out if a root canal can relieve your pain and restore health!