Root Canal Therapy
Dentist in West Branch
A root canal is a treatment of the center of the tooth that is inflamed, infected or dead. The center of the tooth, called the pulp, is a soft substance that consists of nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue. Symptoms of the infection include visible injury or swelling of the tooth and sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums. If you experience any of the symptoms, contact our dental office.
An x-ray of the tooth will be taken. If it is determined that you need root canal treatment, we will schedule your appointment.
After the root canal is completed, the tooth may need a crown or other permanent restoration within 30 days to protect it from fracturing.
After the procedure, your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days. This discomfort may be relieved with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have a full restoration.
Root canal therapy can preserve a patient’s tooth for a lifetime. It is a highly successful procedure with more than a 95% success rate.
Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with our doctor to ensure your treatment is healing correctly. If a problem occurs, contact our dental office. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene daily.