Endodontics / Root Canals
Endodontics is an area of dentistry that’s concerned solely with the health of dental pulp, the live part inside the tooth that includes blood vessels and nerve tissue that sense hot and cold. While endodontic treatments are often provided by a specialist, our practice is able to provide many of these services in house at our office. Our dentists have an extensive amount of training in matters related to restorative dentistry, which includes endodontic treatment. If special assistance is necessary, we can also refer you to a professional that we trust will provide the same level of personalized care.
Our Health-Centered Approach to Root Canal Therapy
As a health-centered dental practice, we are committed to helping our patients improve not only their dental health, but also their general health and overall well-being. Infections in nerves of the teeth, or dental pulp, can quickly turn into larger complications and lead to serious matters like extreme pain, jaw bone loss, large swelling, or worse. We work to resolve endodontic issues in a prompt, timely manner in order to get you comfortable, prevent the progression of disease, and give you the best chance of saving the tooth.
Good health is the greatest gift one can possess, and we want you to be able to treasure your good health for a lifetime. In many cases, root canal therapy can save a tooth that would otherwise be lost as a result of abscess or inadequate tooth structure. If you and your dentist decide that you are a good candidate for root canal therapy, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that you feel comfortable with and make sure you know all options that are available for you.
What to Expect for Root Canal Treatment
Many people get frightened at the idea of root canal treatment, but this fear is actually quite unnecessary. Root canal treatment is not a problem, but a solution. After the procedure that is accomplished with complete numbness, the pain before is almost always absent. Thanks to modern technology, many root canal treatments can be provided in a single day and with minimal pain or negative side effects. On the day of your appointment, your dentist will begin treatment by carefully numbing the area with a local anesthetic. A small opening is then created in the tooth so that the root canal can be accessed. The infected pulp is removed and replaced with a special sealant and a crown or restoration is fit over the top of the tooth to protect it and preserve its shape and appearance.
Get More Information
If you are experiencing symptoms of endodontic disease, such as sensitivity to cold or hot foods, pain when chewing, toothaches, or intermittent pain, and think you may need root canal therapy, please contact our Rolla office. Or, if you’re simply looking for more information on endodontic treatments, we will be happy to assist you with that as well. Call us today to book an appointment or speak to an expert.