Endodontic Therapy and Root Canals
Endodontics includes a range of treatments that focus on the softer, inner tissue of the teeth. The health of the pulp directly relates to the health of the teeth, which is why root canals are sometimes necessary to preserve your natural teeth.
At Lincoln Dental Associates we offer root canal therapy with the latest technology to help minimize any discomfort.
Many patients believe that a root canal procedure is extremely painful when the truth is that it’s the problems that require this procedure that really hurt. When infections or inflammations reach the nerve of the tooth, that causes pain. A root canal is meant to stop the hurt.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
We only recommend root canal therapy when decay or infection has touched a nerve or damaged the pulp. A toothache alone may not be the sign that you need a root canal. However, if you combine that with some other symptoms, it may be time to talk to us. Keep an eye out for things like:
- Severe pain wile chewing
- Dark and discolored tooth
- Oversensitivity to temperature changes
- Persistent pimples on the gums
- Tenderness or swelling in the soft tissues around the tooth
What to Expect
When you arrive for your treatment, we will begin with x-rays so we can see exactly how far the infection has reached. This will help us determine the shape of the canal. We will then use an anesthetic to minimize discomfort before beginning the procedure.
Next, we will remove the pulp, bacteria, and the decayed nerve. After that, we’ll clean and shape the canal so it can be properly sealed (sometimes with a dental crown).
Dentists Help End the Pain
Dentists do more than just root canals. Diagnosing different types of oral pain can often be hard because of the massive network of nerves in the mouth and around the teeth. It gets so complex that sometimes damage or disease in or around one tooth may actually cause pain in a different one.
We specialize in diagnosing these problems and providing relief for your toothache. Contact us today to set up an appointment and put an end to the pain.