Root Canal Therapy
In order to save the structure of a tooth that has severe cavities, cracks, or infection- Dr. Flynn-Nyktas may utilize root canal therapy. This form of treatment involves the doctor removing any pulp and nerve from the inside of the tooth, and then cleaning the infected area. The tooth doesn't need the pulp in order to survive, so can go on to live a healthy life without it. If not performed, bacteria can build up in the tooth and the infection can spread the jaw or surrounding areas. This can result in substantial pain, swelling, loss of the tooth or worse.
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
- Your pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
To start, Dr. Flynn-Nyktas will make an opening into the pulp chamber of the tooth, through the crown. Once the infected pulp is removed, the entire canal will be cleaned thoroughly. Depending on the severity- at this point, the doctor may decide to perform the procedure over two visits. If so, a temporary filling or crown will be placed. Upon your return, the cavity will be re-cleaned and the permanent filling or crown will be placed to cover the tooth.
Despite some negative press around it, root canal therapy has a high rate of success in saving the original structure of your teeth. Combining this procedure with others, like DentalVibe technology and composite fillings- you can be feeling less of the work done, and no one may notice you even had the procedure performed in the first place!