Root Canal in Fairfield, OH
Root canal treatment or endodontic therapy has one mission: save a decayed tooth from extraction by removing bacteria and the infected pulp, sealing off the cavity and restoring the tooth with a cap or dental crown. The dreaded procedure is actually straightforward and can be a comfortable procedure (about as uncomfortable as getting dental fillings), as root canal patients will tell you. Fairfield, OH dentist Dr. Dine offers root canals as the most effective way to end toothache caused by deep infection, and end it permanently.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is needed if infection has reached the inner chamber of the tooth that houses the dental pulp. The dental pulp consists of blood vessels that nourish the tooth and nerves that trigger pain when irritated. If infection is left untreated, it will kill the dental pulp, destroy bone and spread to surrounding areas. Eventually, you may lose the tooth.
If you experience any of the following symptoms of dental pulp infection, do not wait. Call your dentist in Fairfield right away:
- Severe toothache that may disappear and return
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
- Tooth discoloration
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus-filled abscess near the aching tooth
- Loose teeth
What to Expect
At the clinic, Dr. Dine may take x-rays to confirm the infection. Dr. Dine will then recommend treatment options, with the aim of preserving your natural teeth if possible. If you agree to proceed with a root canal, Dr. Dine will remove decay, thoroughly clean the tooth and restore the tooth with a crown. This is done under local anesthetic delivered using the DentalVibe, so you feel little or no pain. Anxious patients can relax even further with nitrous oxide (Laughing Gas) sedation.