A root canal is an outpatient procedure that treats a damaged or severely decaying tooth. During root canal therapy, your All Smiles Dentistry provider removes the pulp from the center of a tooth.
Tooth pulp contains nerves and connective tissue. It provides your teeth with nourishment and allows you to feel temperature sensations, but it isn’t necessary for their long-term survival. Replacing damaged or infected pulp with a synthetic material like gutta-percha prevents the need for extractions and rehabilitates your smile.
At All Smiles Dentistry, the team uses root canal therapy to treat damaged or infected tooth pulp caused by:
If you experience symptoms like tooth pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, make an appointment at All Smiles Dentistry right away.
At All Smiles Dentistry, root canal therapy takes two appointments.
To see if you’re a candidate for root canal therapy, your All Smiles Dentistry provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays. If they determine you have a cavity or infection, your provider administers a local anesthetic and removes the pulp from the center of your tooth.
After removing the pulp, your provider rinses your tooth and fills it with a synthetic material called gutta-percha. When the gutta-percha dries, your provider takes impressions of your tooth and applies a temporary filling.
Following your appointment, the team sends your impressions to a dental laboratory. Technicians at the lab use the impressions to design and craft a custom dental crown.
When the lab finishes your custom crown, you return to All Smiles Dentistry. Your provider removes the temporary crown and replaces it with the permanent one. Before you leave, the team polishes your teeth and provides care instructions.
Dental crowns typically last between 12 and 15* years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. The team at All Smiles Dentistry recommends:
If you play contact sports or mountain bike, consider a mouthguard to reduce the risk of chips, cracks, or other potential damage.
To learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy, make an appointment at All Smiles Dentistry by calling the office today or scheduling online.