Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

How do you know if you need a root canal?

Root canal therapy is essential if your tooth’s pulp (nerve center) is infected, inflamed, decayed, or exposed. If left untreated, bacteria can spread from the tooth’s nerves into the bloodstream and cause severe, potentially life-threatening illnesses (though this is rare). Root canal treatment in Topeka, KS can save your natural tooth and help you regain your tooth's natural function and appearance.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

There are several signs pointing to the possibility of pulp damage. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may need a root canal in Topeka, KS:

  • Severe tooth sensitivity 
  • Sharp tooth pain
  • Inability to chew or apply pressure on the tooth
  • Burning, throbbing oral pain 
  • Tender, swollen gums 
  • Blisters or pimples on gums 
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages 

Modern Root Canal Therapy in Topeka, KS

Root canal therapy allows your dentist to gently and thoroughly remove, clean, and seal the tooth to protect it from further damage. At the start of your treatment, your dentist will administer a soothing anesthetic so you don’t feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure. Your dentist will then carefully clear away the infected pulp and meticulously clean the tooth’s interior. 

Once the tooth is free of debris and decay, your dentist will fill the tooth with a temporary filling. After healing, we provide a durable, composite material (tooth-colored filling) to retain the tooth’s structure or a dental crown, depending on the stability of the tooth. The latter happens during a follow-up visit. 

We recommend you schedule regular check-ups even after your procedure to ensure your teeth and gums stay in tip-top shape. 

Need a Root Canal? Call Us Today! 

Root canal therapy is a last resort for saving your natural tooth. If you have severe tooth pain, don’t wait to get treatment! The longer you wait, the worse the infection can become. Our team at Topeka Dentistry wants to help you save your smile and restore your oral health.

To schedule an appointment, please call us at (785) 266-9100.

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