Root Canal Therapy in Jensen Beach, FL
Sometimes teeth become infected near the nerve, which can cause significant pain, swelling, and sensitivity. That is why root canals get such a bad reputation. By the time you realize a problem exists, you might be experiencing serious discomfort. The good news is that in many cases, root canal therapy can resolve your pain and infection, and save your tooth.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is a procedure that we perform to remove infection, bacteria, and infected tissue from inside your tooth. That means that we will need to make a small access hole in your natural tooth to access the pulp at the interior.
Don't worry! We will make sure you’re comfortable for your procedure by utilizing anesthetic to numb your tooth and nerve. In fact, you will likely feel better right after the procedure, and you'll continue to improve for the next few days.
Christopher J. Wigley, DMD, FAGD, is skilled at performing comfortable and successful root canals for our patients. He will gently eliminate the source of your discomfort and apply any necessary medication to assist with healing.
Why Do I Need to Save My Tooth?
Keeping your natural teeth is more important than you might imagine. For starters, when you lose teeth, you may begin to lose the bone that is foundational in your dental health. When that happens, you can face additional tooth loss and more complex dental problems.
Secondly, tooth replacement therapies such as dental implants cost more than saving your natural tooth. Even dental bridges require the preparation of adjacent teeth to support your bridge, adding to the overall cost of filling the gap in your smile.
At Jensen Beach Dental, we try to save your natural tooth, whenever possible. A root canal can prolong the life of your tooth by decades.
Root Canal Restoration
Once your root canal is complete, your body’s natural healing mechanisms will take over. While some tenderness and sensitivity post-root canal treatment is common, you should feel gradual improvement each day until you feel like yourself again.
We will schedule a follow-up exam to make sure the healing process goes smoothly. Next, Dr. Wigley will recommend a permanent restoration to protect your tooth. For some teeth, a simple composite (tooth-colored) filling might do the trick. It can seal your tooth and keep out bacteria.
For molars and other teeth that bear the pressure from chewing, you may require a dental crown to stabilize your tooth. After root canal therapy, your natural tooth will have a tendency to become brittle, and a dental crown will completely cover your tooth, giving you the security you need to chew comfortably.
Do You Have Tooth Pain?
Don’t let your tooth pain go unchecked. Many times, the sooner you treat a troubled tooth, the greater the chance that we can save it and preserve the integrity of your smile. Call us right away if you feel sensitivity to hot and cold, have facial swelling, or feel pain when you bite down.
Our Jensen Beach, FL dental team awaits your call and looks forward to partnering with you in excellent oral health.