Root Canal Therapy
Teeth are built to be durable and long-lasting, especially when paired with great oral hygiene habits like daily brushing and flossing. Still, there may be a time when root canal treatment is necessary.
Patients at our Topeka dental office might notice that a tooth is darkening, or that they have a severely damaged tooth. At Topeka Dentistry, or root canal dentists near you offer many dental services to prevent dental issues, treat them, and restore your smile.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
Underneath your lovely enamel and dentin lives soft tissue called the pulp that contains nerves, tissues, and blood vessels and extends to the root.
When the pulp becomes infected for a variety of reasons, it can lead to severe decay and damage. If the pulp is inflamed, it can lead to a painful abscess if not treated.
Dr. Ben Rutherford and Dr. Carrie Peterson at Topeka Dentistry can diagnose if a root canal is necessary.
Symptoms may include increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, pain during chewing, discolored teeth, swollen gums, tenderness, and tooth pain. We always do our best to save a tooth; a root canal treatment can relieve your pain and keep your tooth healthy.
What a Root Canal Therapy Looks Like
The root canal process is as clear-cut as a filling. After our initial assessment, the entire process can be finished in one or two dental visits.
We will complete a full examination of your mouth and take a digital x-ray of the tooth in question. Topeka patients will not have to worry about a stressful or painful experience; our experienced root canal dentists will numb the area using a local anesthetic. We will remove any infection of the pulp to ensure that your smile is clean and healthy.
We will fill in the space with a biocompatible filler to ensure that other particles do not enter. We may cover the tooth with a dental crown to restore structure to the tooth and protect it from debris and particles that could cause infection.
Benefits of a Root Canal
Every tooth you have plays an important role and function, and they impact how you look and eat. At Topeka Dentistry, we work side by side with our parents to help them keep their teeth and smile looking as great as possible. A root canal can effectively save a tooth and end your pain.
Root canals suffer from a bad reputation—modern equipment and techniques ensure that you don't feel any pain or stress. If a toothache is left untreated, it could develop into intense tooth pain, chronic bad breath, soreness, and more.
Call to Schedule Your Exam at Topeka Dentistry
Your dentist in Topeka is here to keep you comfortable, pain-free, and healthy. If you are experiencing tooth pain, call our dental staff right away.