Root Canal Treatments in Murray, UT
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canals are required to treat a severely infected and decayed tooth, in an effort to save the tooth. During a root canal, our dental team works to remove an infected nerve (pulp), and clean the inside of your tooth structure.
After the infection is removed, we clean the inside of the tooth and disinfect it, then seal it with sterile material to prevent any additional damage.
Endodontic treatment is an essential part of protecting your existing teeth and maintaining your oral health. Root Canal treatments usually take 1-2 visits to complete depending on the severity of the infection.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
- Abscess in the gums
- Extreme hot or cold
- Pain while chewing
- Swelling of the gums or face
Pain Relief - Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is often an easy procedure to alleviate dental pain and prevent the teeth from further deterioration. Usually, patients require root canal therapy at the dentist’s office when there’s an infection or inflammation in the roots of the tooth.
During root canal therapy, a root canal expert who specializes in these procedures carefully removes the impacted pulp from the root canal canals, explores, disinfects and shapes them, and puts a filling in the canals.
This therapy prevents infection by drying out the affected areas and killing the anaerobic bacteria present in the mouth.
An artificial crown also helps in coping with dental pain. When the patient has a root canal therapy performed, he or she may have to wear a dental crown for around six months.
The dental crown is made out of porcelain or composite material and is white in color. This temporary crown serves as a protective, comfortable layer over the natural teeth during this period.
Root Canal Procedures
A root canal therapy usually involves the use of certain fillers. For example, if a cavity has developed in the center of the tooth or on the gum, the dentist may suggest the filling of this cavity using a local anesthetic.
At times, filling of cavities using fillers is done using general anesthesia. However, it should be noted that most practitioners prefer to use local anesthesia to ensure faster recovery and minimal discomfort to the patient.
The process of root canal therapy usually begins by examining the teeth closely to see what is causing the discomfort or the pain. Once the root canal expert has identified the cause, he or she starts recommending treatment options.
One such procedure includes the removal of the affected teeth and the adjacent teeth surrounding it. The affected teeth will be cemented in place and a covering will be applied over the root canal affected teeth to protect them.
If the dentist decides to use root canal procedures to treat painful or infected gums, he or she may recommend the use of an antibiotic. This treatment would help to kill the bacteria that cause inflammation and infection.
If the root canal procedure is to remove impacted, decayed or damaged teeth, the dental specialist may recommend that this tooth is ground down and filed down using natural teeth whitening procedures.
The root canal specialist will also tell you whether you need caps or crowns to repair your damaged or decayed teeth. If natural teeth whitening products fail to give the desired results, other cosmetic treatments may be recommended including gum surgery to replace missing teeth and bone grafts to replace damaged teeth.
If the root canal procedure is successful, you will experience less tooth pain. If you chew on your food normally, you will notice a slight increase in tooth pain.
However, if you experience extreme sensitivity while chewing or feel a small amount of sensitivity when biting down on something, you could be suffering from severe tooth pain.
This can range from mild to moderate pain to severe pain. Symptoms such as severe tooth pain require immediate dental care from a professional.
Root Canal Appointments
A root canal procedure requires two to four visits. The first visit usually lasts two hours and can be done as an outpatient procedure.
During your first visit, your periodontist will place a filling in the affected tooth and then remove a portion of the root canal. This filling will be made from the same material as the root canal and will be similar to the size of a pencil eraser.
The second visit covers the removal of the filled area and replacement of the root canal with a crown or a dental cap.
Root canals can be performed as single procedures, but in many cases, multiple root canals will be required to treat an infection. This is because every tooth in the canal contains millions of bacteria and other pathogens that can cause serious damage to the tooth if they are allowed to grow unchecked. If the bacteria enter the pulp chamber through the exposed roots, they can grow into a root canal and start to spread. Once bacteria have entered the pulp chamber, it can continue to spread, until it reaches an area where the pulp and the nerve have become compromised.
Root canals can also require the use of a root graft, which is a procedure in which tissue is taken from another part of the body, like the cheekbone, and placed into the affected root canal.
This graft is covered in a biological cement that will harden when it reaches the actual tooth, protecting it from becoming damaged by the sharp edges of the root graft.
Root grafts are most commonly used to treat children who have suffered severe trauma to their teeth, or patients with healthy teeth but miss a few teeth due to some kind of disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is a root canal?
During root canal therapy, the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. People fear root canals because they assume they are painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.
How long does a root canal take?
Quick answer: The average root canal treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long. More complex cases may take around 90 minutes. A root canal typically requires one or two appointments to complete.
How long does it take to recover from a root canal?
Overall, it should take you a few days to recover from a root canal. Any pain that stretches beyond that could indicate a problem. Some people require more than one cleaning for a successful root canal.
Is a tooth dead after a root canal?
After root canal therapy, the tooth is dead. The patient will no longer feel any pain in that tooth because the nerve tissue has been removed, and the infection has been eliminated.
Our Dental Services
Innovative Technology & Professional Dentistry
Dr Paul Barlow
Dr. Paul Barlow is a very experienced, knowledgeable and personable dentist who likes to take the time to get to know each patient, explain treatments thoroughly and listen to what his patients have to say.
He keeps up with the latest technology to increase patient comfort and the quality of his work.
His father spent thirty years serving in the Navy as a dentist, for this reason Paul’s interest in dentistry began early on.
After receiving a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he headed to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University’s Boyne School of Dentistry. Creighton Dental School has a reputation for producing skilled clinicians, ready to work in all areas of dentistry. Paul received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in May of 1990.
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