Root Canals

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A2Z Smile Care

Family Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Glenside, PA

If the pulp deep inside your tooth becomes infected or damaged, you risk losing your tooth. At A2Z Smile Care, Dr. Stephanie Graham and Dr. Alexandra Haberstroh perform root canals to save a tooth that has an infected pulp. Men and women in Glenside, Pennsylvania, who need a root canal can call the office or book an appointment online to be evaluated and learn more about the procedure.

Root Canal Q&A

What is a root canal?

The pulp of your tooth is deep inside the enamel. This filling is full of nerves and blood vessels and, when infected with bacteria, threatens the integrity of the tooth. While you need the pulp as your tooth is developing, a fully emerged tooth does just fine without it.

A root canal is also known as an endodontic procedure. During the procedure, your dentist at A2Z Smile Care drills a small hole in your tooth and removes the infected pulp. They then disinfect your tooth’s canals and fill them with a biocompatible, rubber-like material called gutta-percha.

The doctors fill the tooth and apply a temporary crown. You come back for a second visit to have a permanent crown placed to protect the tooth from future infection and restore full look and function.

What are the signs I need a root canal?

Sometimes, a tooth with infected pulp shows no signs of needing intervention. In these cases, the infection is discovered during a regular checkup and X-ray. In other cases, however, an infected tooth can often display several uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Extreme pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Discomfort when pressed on or when chewing
  • Swelling or a pocket of pus known as an abscess around the affected tooth

These signs of infection should not be ignored. If your tooth goes untreated, you risk the infection spreading or losing the tooth altogether.

Does a root canal hurt?

Although root canals have a bad reputation for causing pain and misery, the procedure itself is relatively pain-free. It’s the discomfort that precedes the procedure that’s so noticeable.

During the procedure, your dentist at A2Z Smile Care places you under local anesthesia. Following a root canal, you may have soreness or tenderness for a few days. Usually, this can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications. The doctors may prescribe antibiotics to prevent further infection.

How do I care for a tooth that’s had a root canal?

You treat a tooth that’s had a root canal just like your natural teeth. Keep it clean by brushing two times daily and flossing carefully around it. At your twice-yearly checkups at A2Z Smile Care, the doctors and techs can check your root canal to ensure it’s holding up. With proper hygiene, a root canal can last a lifetime.

For more information on root canal treatment, call A2Z Smile Care in Glenside, Pennsylvania, or book an appointment online.