Root canal treatment to treat an infected tooth

Dr. Adam Shroyer of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, is a family dentist offering myriad solutions for new and current patients. This includes endodontic treatment, which can save a natural tooth that is infected or damaged. Continue reading and find out if you are a good candidate for this dental procedure.

What is endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment, also referred to by many patients as root canal therapy is a dental procedure that treats infection at the root of a tooth. The goal of endodontic treatment is to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth.

When might Dr. Shroyer recommend an emergency root canal?

Endodontic treatment is usually recommended when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue becomes inflamed or infected. This can happen from decay, trauma, or other factors.

If left untreated, an inflamed or infected pulp can lead to pain, swelling, and tooth loss. Endodontic treatment can help prevent these complications, keep your smile healthy, and avoid the manual extraction of an adult natural tooth.

What can I expect during this procedure?

During endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected dental pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This helps to prevent further infection and pain. The process is typically done in one or two visits. In some cases, a crown (a type of dental restoration) may be placed on the tooth after endodontic treatment to help protect it from further damage.

What are the benefits of endodontic treatment?

  • Relief from pain and infection
  • Preservation of the natural tooth
  • Avoidance of manual extraction of an adult natural tooth
  • Restoration of chewing function

How do I learn more about emergency root canal therapy for an infected tooth?

Dr. Shroyer may recommend this procedure in certain circumstances for current or new patients who present with an infected tooth. If you are curious to learn more about this procedure and have been advised to consider it to save your tooth, call Shroyer Family Dental of Mt. Pleasant, IA, today! The office is at 217 East Monroe Street and can be reached by phone at (319) 385-4680.

Many happy Faces

Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.