Creating Painless Smiles With Root Canals
A root canal is probably the most unfairly treated dental procedure. Most people hear, “You need a root canal” and they immediately think about the pain. To the contrary, a root canal is designed to eliminate the pain of having an infected tooth. At Bradford Young, Dr. Young or Dr. Enea will perform a root canal Allentown, PA, residents will be glad they had.
Root canal therapy is intended to save an infected tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted. The infection happens deep inside your tooth when bacteria that normally is kept out accesses your tooth’s interior via severe decay, a deep crack or traumatic tooth injury. Aside from pain, the signs of an infected tooth are also:
- A newly discolored tooth
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Signs of infection on an x-ray
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then please call the dental office of Bradford Young immediately. We want relieve you pain and save your tooth.
The pain of infected tooth is better understood by looking at the structure of a tooth. Each tooth in your mouth is encased in a layer of enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. Underneath that is a layer called dentin, which is softer. And in the center of a tooth is dental pulp, which holds the nerve and lymph tissue as well as blood vessels that deliver nutrients to the tooth and eliminate waste. This dental pulp has canals that extend down into the roots. When the pulp and root canals are exposed to bacteria, the tooth begins to die and root canal treatment becomes necessary.
The Root Canal Procedure
When you come to Allentown restorative dentist, Dr. Bradford Young, for root canal therapy, one of our skilled dentists will first administer local anesthesia to the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to prevent pain during treatment. Then, we will access the pulp chamber and root canals of your infected tooth. Dr. Young or Dr. Enea will gently and completely clean out all evidence of infection and debris from the interior of your tooth. In doing so, they will also need to remove the dental pulp. Fortunately, a tooth can still function perfectly well without this component.
Once the tooth is cleansed, we'll disinfect the chamber and canals and fill it with a biocompatible and anti-bacterial material. Called gutta-percha, this material expands to fill in the hollowed out portion of your tooth. The access hole is covered and your tooth is given time to heal.
After healing, your tooth will need to be protected with a permanent restoration, such as a porcelain crown. This not only prevents the tooth from succumbing to further damage, but also restores its normal form and function.
Don’t contend with the pain of an infected tooth for even one more day. Dr. Young and Dr. Enea and their staff want to help you have a healthy smile again with a pain-free root canal. Contact us today if you have any questions or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.