Few procedures are as misunderstood as root canal therapy, a common endodontic treatment that helps address infected teeth. We often use this procedure to help patients in Omaha, NE, increasing the chances of preserving natural teeth and avoiding tooth loss. Let’s answer a few questions about this common and comfortable treatment option.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy
Question: How do I know if my tooth is infected?
Answer: Infection typically occurs when decay develops and remains untreated. Poor oral hygiene and damage can often lead to cavities. Warning signs include toothaches, swelling near the tooth, tooth sensitivity, fever, and a discharge from the tooth. If one or more of these possible warning signs applies to your smile, then contact our team today.
Question: Will the procedure be comfortable?
Answer: We will administer a local anesthetic before proceeding with the procedure and can also discuss sedation options for patients with anxiety. The procedure itself involves opening the tooth to remove infected tissue. We can then clean the inside of the tooth and apply a restorative filling material. After the filling material, known as gutta percha, cures, we can place a custom-made dental crown.
Question: How will my tooth look afterward?
Answer: The dental crown will be custom-made and created using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. The crown will blend with the rest of your smile and provide long lasting restoration. As a result, your repaired tooth will look completely natural.
Question: What if I have a damaged tooth?
Answer: We may also recommend the procedure for a cracked tooth, in which the inner dentin and pulp can end up exposed to harmful bacteria. If you have any questions about treating infected teeth or about the root canal procedure, then contact our team today.
Do You Have an Infected Tooth?
We can use endodontic treatment to help preserve your natural teeth and protect your smile. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.