Root canals treat teeth that are inflamed or infected all the way down to the pulp.
If you have a tooth that has serious decay or has suffered a traumatic injury, a root canal may be the only way to save it. At Wells W. Wagner Family Dental, we quickly assess the condition of the affected teeth and perform these procedures with precision, ensuring all traces of infection are removed so your tooth can heal and resume its normal function.
When Do You Need Root Canals?
When teeth have deep cavities or become cracked or broken, bacteria can make its way into the inner pulp of the tooth. This can cause a painful infection that can eventually lead to tooth loss if it isn’t cleaned in time.
Before a root canal, you will first undergo an X-ray so we can see the extent of the infection. Next, we will numb the area and make an access hole in the tooth. We then remove all of the infected pulp and decayed tissue, seal the tooth and place a filling in the access hole.
If a large amount of the tooth was affected, you may need a crown on top, but typically we will place a temporary crown, then fit you for a permanent restoration after you heal from the root canal procedure.
Make Your Health a Priority
Don’t ignore the signs of a problem with your teeth. If you have a tooth that is tender to the touch or extremely sensitive to hot and cold, it’s clear the nerves in the inner pulp are affected. You also may notice an abscess begin to develop. Teeth that are diseased also may start to change color.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate. Call the team at Wells W. Wagner Family Dental and make an appointment for an immediate consultation. Time is important when it comes to saving a severely infected tooth ― it could mean the difference between preservation and extraction.
Rely on Our Experience
The thought of getting a root canal can be stressful. We focus on easing your concern through every step of the process. First, we fully explain all of your treatment options so you can make better medical decisions. Next, we list the available pain medication we have to offer. You will be numbed for the procedure, so you won’t have to worry about discomfort.
After root canals, we always send you home with specific instructions on how to care for your teeth. Depending on the extent of the treatment, you may be limited in what you can eat and drink while you heal.
You can trust Wells W. Wagner Family Dental to help you stay relaxed throughout your root canal procedure. Call today to set up your first appointment so we can get started on transforming your smile together.