Tooth decay can start off as a smaller issue, but it can quickly escalate. What was once a cavity that could be fixed with a dental filling can quickly become an infection of the root of a tooth. Once the pulp of the tooth has become infected and the bacteria has spread, a more advanced procedure will be needed to resolve the issue. In order to eliminate the infection and save the tooth, your dentist will need to perform root canal therapy.


What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy (also known as a “root canal”) is a dental procedure that involves a dentist removing the infection from the root of a patient’s tooth. This process allows the patient to keep their tooth and avoids more extreme measures (such as tooth extraction). It also helps to alleviate the pain and discomfort that comes with an infected root.
There are certain signs that you can look for to determine if you have a root infection. These include:

  •       Pain and discomfort
  •       Pain when eating
  •       Discoloration of the infected tooth
  •       Tooth sensitivity
  •       Swelling of the gums around the tooth

If you have these symptoms and they seem to be getting worse and/or don’t go away, you’ll want to contact Kelly Road Dental to schedule an appointment for a dentist to take a look at the area. Don’t wait around for the problem to get worse, and don’t wait for your next checkup. Call us today and we’ll make sure to get an appointment in the books for as soon as possible.


The Cost of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy, like any other dental procedure, starts with a trip to the dentist. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment. You can also wait until your checkup for your dentist to diagnose the root infection and schedule an appointment with you for the root canal procedure, but waiting isn’t advised.

If your dentist takes a look and finds that there is minor decay and the pulp isn’t infected, they will likely just remove the decay and install a filling.


Preventing Root Canal Therapy

The best thing you can do to treat an infected pulp is to avoid an infection entirely. Root canal procedures aren’t an inevitability. In fact, you can go your entire life without root canal therapy! It’s not even that difficult to avoid root infection…

Make sure you are taking good care of your oral health. This means brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day, daily. If you notice any regular bleeding of the gums, pain in your jaw, or discomfort with any of your teeth, set an appointment with your dentist at Kelly Road Dental so they can perform an exam. The earlier an issue is caught, the better.

If you don’t already have an appointment in the books for a cleaning and checkup, schedule one now. You should be getting a cleaning and checkup twice a year.


Reach Out Today

If you have any questions about root canal therapy, reach out today. We are here to answer any questions you may have. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’ll get you in the books for as soon as possible and have a dentist take a look.

We look forward to speaking with you!