Root Canal Therapy:
Teeth have two sources of blood supply and nerve supply. One is in the tissues that surround the tooth. The other extends up into the tooth and forms the pulp or nerve of the tooth. A fully mature tooth can survive without the pulp because it is nourished by those surrounding tissues.
Pulp tissue can become damaged due to decay, infection or injury. Symptoms of a damaged pulp may include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or a bump on the gum, tenderness or even discoloration. In some cases, patients experience no symptoms at all.
Once root canal therapy is deemed necessary, the area is numbed and a protective “dental dam” is placed on the tooth to isolate it and keep it free from saliva while the procedure is being performed. Then a small opening is made in the biting surface of the tooth (or the back of a front tooth). The damaged pulp tissue is removed using specialized instruments. The canals of the tooth are cleaned and shaped, then a filling material is placed inside the canals to seal the tooth to help prevent reinfection. In most cases, this can be accomplished in one appointment, but sometimes a second appointment is necessary 10 to 14 days after the initial appointment.
A temporary filling material will be placed in the opening that was made to gain access to the canal system. This temporary filling will be replaced by your general dentist when he or she places a permanent restoration. We generally recommend this be done 3 to 4 weeks following completion of your root canal therapy. Permanent restoration is required as a final step in saving your tooth.
At Westshore Endodontics, P.C., we specialize in root canal treatment. Our team is experienced and professional and will work diligently to make sure you are comfortable and your procedure goes smoothly. If your dentist has recommended you get a root canal, turn to Westshore Endodontics, P.C., in Holland, MI, where you get specialized care.
When you come in for a root canal appointment, it could take one visit to resolve the issue or it might take a few visits. Our endodontist, Dr. Taryn K. Harreld, DDS, MS, has the experience and specialized training to handle root canals just like yours, so you can trust you are in good hands. Over 90% of her root canal cases are resolved successfully with endodontic treatment.
If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort that could be eliminated with root canal treatment, get in touch with Westshore Endodontics, P.C., today to learn about your treatment options. Call our Holland, MI, office, call us at 616-392-6385 and we can help you schedule an appointment. You can also reach us through our online contact form. We’ll provide high-quality and experienced care to protect your oral health.
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