Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth is inflamed or damaged beyond the repair a filling would provide. During root canal therapy, Dr. Azalea will extract the nerves and dental pulp from an infected, decayed or cracked tooth. This will not harm the future well-being of the tooth and will prevent abscesses from forming.
What are some signs that I may need a root canal?
- Intense pain while chewing
- Waking up in the night due to tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Discolored or darkened teeth
- Swollen gums near the affected tooth
Dr. Azalea will first drill a hole in the affected tooth to access the root canal. Next, she will remove the nerves and pulp of the tooth, cleaning the area to prevent further infection. If your tooth is already infected, Dr. Azalea may wait until your tooth has received medication before she seals your tooth. If your tooth is infected, she will apply a temporary sealant to your tooth during your first visit and then apply a permanent sealant once the infection is healed. If your tooth is free of infections, Dr. Azalea will apply a permanent sealant to your tooth on the day of your root canal.