For many people, it’s obvious when a root canal is needed. Pain or sensitivity in a tooth is one of the most common symptoms, and for some people, the pain can be excruciating.
Whatever level of discomfort you’re experiencing, the problem is that the nerve in the tooth is infected and should be removed. During a root canal, Dr. Daniel Seger clears away the infection, which eliminates the pain and saves your tooth. Without treatment, the pain will worsen, and we will need to extract the tooth.
Why You Need a Root Canal
The outside of your teeth is a hard, protective layer called enamel. If decay penetrates the enamel, a cavity forms, but if we catch it quickly enough, a filling may be enough to restore the tooth to full health.
Without treatment, however, decay penetrates through the enamel and allows bacteria to enter the soft pulp inside your tooth causing an infection. Once this happens, it’s critical to remove the infected pulp and nerves to avoid losing the tooth.
We Streamline Your Procedure
At The Dental Health Center, we streamline your treatment by using state-of-the-art rotary endodontic technology that offers more precision, comfort, and reliable results than traditional manual tools.
Dr. Seger starts by making a small hole in the back of your tooth that allows him to remove the infected pulp and disinfect the area. Next, he fills the inside of the tooth and seals it with a temporary filling. In most cases, we will recommend a crown to strengthen and protect remaining tooth structure. As long as there’s enough healthy tooth left, a root canal is always better than extraction.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Most people who need a root canal just want the pain to go away, but there are oral health benefits too. When we perform a root canal we:
- Relieve your pain – Many people believe that the root canal procedure causes pain. But it is the pain of the infection that people remember and removing your infection eliminates the pain.
- Preserve your tooth – Preserving the tooth helps your jaw and teeth maintain their proper position and prevents changes in your bite or the way your jaw functions.
- Eliminate the risk of further infection – Without treatment, the infection can spread into the gums, travel to surrounding teeth, and cause other oral health problems. Root canal treatment eliminates the infected material before it further damages your oral health.
Please Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
If you are in pain, please call our office right away at (610) 494-0404, and we will see you as soon as possible to provide the relief you need.