Root Canal Therapy in Twin Falls, ID
When you have a serious tooth infection, the symptoms are pretty hard to ignore. You may experience a toothache that worsens significantly when you apply pressure, or you may notice an extreme sensitivity to hot or cold liquids. A visual inspection reveals the tooth is discolored and the surrounding gum tissue is red and swollen. After a time, the pain increases to the point where it’s making your life miserable.
You may be in need of endodontic therapy, better known as a root canal.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
I order to understand the process of a root canal, it’s helpful to have some knowledge of a tooth’s basic anatomy. The exterior of the tooth is coated in enamel, a hard, durable layer that protects the tooth’s underlying structures: the dentine and root canal (which houses the dental pulp and nerve).
When the enamel is compromised by decay or injury, plaque and bacteria can easily penetrate the tooth and form a cavity. Left untreated, the cavity can extend into the root canal area, causing painful inflammation of the dental pulp and nerve.
Only a dentist can determine if root canal therapy is the best course of treatment. If you’re experiencing a toothache so severe it is interfering with your everyday life, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright as soon as possible.
Root canal infections will not go away on their own. Delaying treatment may result in the formation of an abscess in the bone supporting the tooth, increasing the likelihood of losing the tooth altogether. Prompt treatment of an infection allows you to keep the tooth and spares you the time and expense of an extraction and dental implant.
What Can I Expect During My Visit?
When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Wright will ask you about your symptoms, visually inspect the tooth, and take x-rays. If the root canal shows signs of infection, he will begin the treatment by administering an anesthetic to numb the tooth. From this point on, you won’t feel a thing.
Dr. Wright will then make an opening in the crown of the tooth that allows him to access and, using specialized instruments, gently remove all of the infected tissue. The canal is then irrigated in order to clean out remaining debris and filled with a material that prevents further infection. Afterward, the tooth is restored by performing a core build-up or placing a crown.
Although root canal treatment has a reputation for being a miserable, uncomfortable ordeal, the truth is that the procedure is relatively simple and painless. Upon completion, the discomfort that was caused by the tooth infection is relieved almost instantly.
If fear or anxiety is preventing you from seeking treatment for a painful dental condition, Dr. Wright and his staff are happy to discuss sedation options that will ensure your visit is relaxing and stress-free. Don’t suffer for another minute; call the office of Dr. Mark Wright and schedule an appointment.