Procedures

Root Canal Therapy

 

Root canal therapy is utilized in order to save an infected tooth that has been damaged due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. To treat the tooth, the pulp and nerves at the center are removed, and the area of infection cleaned. Due to the surrounding nourishing tissues in the tooth, the pulp is not necessarily needed for the tooth to survive. If root canal therapy is not sought as a form of treatment, bacterial growth can further and lead to swelling and harm of the jaw structure, removal of teeth and more.
 
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
 
What does the treatment involve?
An opening in the crown of the tooth will first be made in order to access the pulp chamber. Once the pulp and nerves are removed, the root canal will be cleaned. In certain cases your Las Vegas cosmetic dentist will opt to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, so a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the temporary filling will be removed, the root canal and pulp chamber re-cleaned, and a permanent filling and / or crown will be placed on the tooth.
 

To get a root canal is a good thing. It is a high success rate procedure and proof that you caught an infection before it went too far and that you will be able to save a majority of the tooth's structure. Not to mention, the natural coloring of the crown or filling make it hard to notice to anyone that you ever had the procedure performed. Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of the tooth, and cleaning the infected area. A tooth's pulp and nerve are not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, bacteria builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth


What does the treatment involve?

First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If your Summerlin dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, your Las Vegas dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.

 

To see if root canal therapy is the best option for you, contact your Las Vegas dentist today at (702) 331-4700 or Click Here to schedule an appointment.