Cincinnati Root Canal Therapy

So you need a root canal. Learn more about what it is and what you can expect.

dental exam teeth cleaningA root canal treatment is required when the pulp inside of the root canal becomes a problem. The root canal could become inflamed or infected due to a variety of causes such as deep tooth decay or injury to the tooth. Even an injury to the tooth that has no visible signs of the injury may result in pulp damage. If the tooth pulp becomes infected or inflamed, severe pain and even abscess can follow – none of which are pleasant. That’s why getting a root canal is so important.

Tooth Abscess

While excessive and not extremely common, an abscess that is not treated will continue to spread to the bone around the tooth’s root. It may even spread into surrounding tissues and bone. In some cases, people have died from the infections that originated from a tooth abscess. Occasionally, the infection will spread to other parts of the body such as the heart. In rare cases, the infection has spread to the brain causing a brain abscess or even a coma.

You shouldn’t put off a needed root canal too long — it can lead to a serious infection.

The Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure involves cleaning the pulp from its chamber with very small instruments. After removing the pulp, the pulp chamber and the root canals are shaped to the required space so that a biocompatible material can fill the space. The material that is most often used is a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, which is positioned with an adhesive-like cement to ensure complete closure of the root canal. The opening is closed with a temporary filling, which will be removed so the tooth can be completely restored.

Following the root canal, a restoration method will be placed on the tooth – possibly a crown or another type of protection. This protection will ensure that the tooth will be completely functional again.

Occasionally, a tooth may not be strong enough to keep the restoration in place following a root canal. When this condition exists, a post may be placed inside the tooth.

Contact Beckham Square Family Dental today for Root Canal procedures in Cincinnati

If you are looking for a Cincinnati dentist who performs root canals and believe that you have a toothache that is severe and not responding to over-the-counter pain medicines, then you should call our office immediately at 513.489.7800. We can quickly diagnose the problem and see if you need a root canal. And if a root canal is required, we can perform it quickly to alleviate your pain and to protect your tooth. If needed, use our contact form to schedule your root canal today.