Root Canal Therapy in Wexford, PA

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a valuable treatment that can save a severely infected tooth. Getting a root canal may have an intimidating reputation, but it’s become much easier and comfortable with advances in technology.

Learn how Dr. Gabriel can make sure you’re not in pain during your root canal treatment and preserve your natural tooth.

Why is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

Root canal therapy is necessary when a cavity is left untreated long enough for the infection to reach the center of the tooth. This area, called the pulp chamber, houses sensitive tooth materials that become severely painful when infected.

When the infection reaches this far, the entire health of your tooth is at risk. The bacteria can also spread to other parts of your body, so it’s important to remove the source of the problem. Root canal therapy is the final treatment that can save your natural tooth before it has to be extracted.

Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection

If you notice the following symptoms, you may have a severe tooth infection:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Your toothache may extend to the jaw, neck, or ears
  • Sensitivity when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperature food or drink
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swelling in your face

These are signs of a serious tooth infection that needs professional treatment. Dr. Gabriel can help you through this infection by treating you with root canal therapy. For more information about treatment, call our office at (724) 935-2100.

The Root Canal Treatment Steps

Root canal therapy is often done in two appointments: one for the actual procedure and another to place the protective dental crown. Depending on the extent of your infection, you may need more than two appointments to make sure your tooth is treated completely.

Clearing the Infection

Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Gabriel may take an x-ray or scan of your tooth to map out your root canals. You’ll also receive a local anesthetic in the area affected and sedation if you agreed on it with Dr. Gabriel before the treatment.

Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Gabriel will make a tiny hole in your tooth. He’ll use highly accurate dental tools to remove all the natural material from inside your tooth. If any nerves or tissue is left inside your tooth, they can become reinfected.

After your tooth has been cleared, Dr. Gabriel will send an impression of it to the laboratory to create a permanent dental crown. A temporary crown will protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

Placing a Dental Crown

When your permanent dental crown is ready, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come back for your second visit. Dr. Gabriel will take the temporary crown off and clean the tooth. He’ll fill the tooth with a putty-like material called gutta-percha to stabilize it. Then, he’ll fill the small hole and securely place the permanent crown.

Tooth Extractions

If root canal therapy can’t save your tooth, an extraction may be the only way to prevent the infection from spreading. Dr. Gabriel tries to preserve your natural tooth, but sometimes removal is the only option. He offers natural-looking tooth replacement solutions that can keep your smile looking beautiful after your extraction, so you won’t have to worry about your smile.

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