Benefits of root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is a sequential treatment which is often necessary when a cavity is present. Cavities can be present with no symptoms, or can be accompanied by a toothache or tooth pain. Also known as "endodontic therapy," a root canal is prescribed when there is a threat of infection and the tooth needs protection before it's contaminated. Dr. Fakhimi specializes in root canal therapy and has been relieving patients' pain for many years now. At Soft Touch Dental, you will be given special attention during root canal therapy.
Types of root canals
The teeth in the front of the mouth are used to cut food, and these are single-rooted teeth with single canals. For this reason, these teeth are the easiest for the dentist to treat. The teeth in the back of the mouth that are used to chew food have two, three or four roots, and the same number of root canals. Thus these kinds of teeth require a more complex approach by a specialist such as Dr. Fakhimi. The back teeth will categorically require dental crowns, whereas the teeth in front may not need one.
Who can perform a root canal?
Either a dentist or an endodontist may perform the procedure, however this person must be a specialist with several additional years of training under their belt in order to properly diagnose diseases of the root canal and related dental pain. Dr. Fakhimi is an expert at treating and diagnosing even the most rare types of conditions and will surely be able to assist you in uncovering the core dental problems that you currently face.
Time is of the essence
Recent studies have shown that the best time to treat a tooth with root canal is before the infection has spread to the bone. So be sure not to delay your procedure if the dentist has already recommended a root canal.
When do you require root canal therapy?
An infected tooth can cause a severe toothache and should be treated immediately. If it isn’t, a tooth may stop functioning and require extraction. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact us for a consultation:
- Tooth infection and decay
- Minimal or severe toothache pain
- Tooth discoloration
- Swelling and irritation in gum tissue
- Cracked or chipped tooth
What does the root canal therapy procedure involve?
Root canal therapy is done to remove all kinds of infection from the tooth. We usually suggest about two visits for completion of the therapy. During the first appointment, we remove the infected material and all abscesses are drained. The root canal is cleaned and shaped for a filling. A temporary filling is put in and left to settle. During the second visit, we once again check for traces of infection. If none are found, the tooth is permanently filled.
The use of crowns
As the teeth age, they often become more vulnerable to fracture, especially those in the back of the mouth that are responsible for chewing. After a root canal, the tooth must receive a crown, which helps protect the newly treated tooth from unwanted stress and damage. The crown will ensure that the root canal lasts as long as possible.