Root Canal Therapy
If your tooth is cracked or infected, there's still hope! Don't lose faith in your mouth. Kingman Dental Group offers root canal therapy, a treatment that repairs and saves a tooth due to a deep cavity or damaged tooth.
During this treatment, our dentists in Kingman will remove the pulp and nerves of your tooth in order to properly clean the infected area. Thankfully, a tooth's pulp and nerve aren't important or necessary to a tooth's health and function after it has fully emerged from the gums, so removing it doesn't create any further issues. If this treatment is necessary, but isn't performed, bacteria will build up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp will spread to the surrounding bone. This results in pain and swelling in the area, which is where you'll be at a point that the tooth needs to be removed for the safety of your oral health.
What are the Signs that a Root Canal is Needed?
• Severe tooth pain while eating and chewing
• Severe tooth pain to wake you up in the middle of the night
• Extremely sensitive teeth to hot or cold, as well as lingering sensitivity
• Drastic discoloration or darkening of the tooth
• Swollen, painful gums in the area of the affected tooth, which spreads to surrounding areas if not treated
What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?
In the beginning of your treatment, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of your tooth. Once the infected pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned, ridding of any lingering bacteria.
Depending on the severity of infection, your root canal therapy may be completed in multiple visits. If this is the case, a temporary filling will be placed in order to protect the tooth. When you return, we'll remove the temporary filling, clean the root canal and pulp chamber once again, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth. This filling or crown makes it hard to notice that you even had the treatment, so your smile will still shine!
This treatment has an extremely high rate of success. The goal is to ensure your smile can last a lifetime, which is why we strongly encourage patients to address this issue. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a consultation, give our dentists in Kingman, AZ a call at (928) 757-1707 and we'll help you find the best date and time for your appointment.