Root Canal Therapy – Montgomeryville, PA
Saving and Protecting Your Natural Teeth
No one wants to hear that they have to get a root canal, but this procedure is much better than the alternative—extraction. At Dental Innovations, we do everything that we can to avoid extracting your teeth, which is why we provide expert root canal therapy in Montgomeryville to our patients. Many times, root canals get patients out of pain because they have an infection or toothache. Keep reading to learn everything that you need to know about root canals and why they’re important.
What is a Root Canal?
Inside of each tooth, you have a sensitive portion called dental pulp. Root canal therapy is required when your dental pulp is infected or damaged. The root canal procedure removes this damaged or infected tissue, and then strengthens and protects the affected area. One of our highly-trained dentists will ensure that all of the infected tissue is removed using special tools, and then they will finish by sealing your tooth with a filling or dental crown. The type of restoration that you need will vary based on how large the damage or decay is.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
If you have an infected or damaged tooth and prolong receiving a root canal, you could experience:
- Serious pain and sensitivity
- Infection that spreads to your face
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
- Abscessed tissue
To avoid these more serious problems, contact our office for a root canal if you think you have an infected, decayed, or damaged tooth. We use root canal therapy to save your natural teeth and prevent infection from affecting your overall health.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take?
Root canals will typically take around 90 minutes to complete. The location of the affected tooth as well as the size of your decay or damage will influence the amount of time that your treatment takes. Root canals usually take longer if you need one in your molars (back teeth) versus teeth in the more visible part of your smile.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Many patients associate root canal therapy with pain, but in reality, there is only a slight discomfort during the procedure. Our expert team will make sure you’re numb and comfortable before beginning the process. One of our dentists will clean out your tooth in the safest and most effective way possible to prevent future pain and infection. After, they will seal it with a material called gutta percha, which prevents sensitivity and blocks off your inner tooth structure. Root canals actually relieve pain rather than cause it, but you still may feel soreness after the process. You can take over-the-counter pain medication and only chew softer foods for the first few days to minimize discomfort. If you still feel any pain after the first 72 hours, contact our office for possible treatment.