Columbus Root Canal Treatment

Save Your Teeth with Root Canal Treatmentin Columbus, OH

At iSmile Dental Group LLC, we regularly perform a root canal endodontic treatment in order to remove infections and save our patients’ teeth. We can complete the procedure and work to keep patients comfortable. Root canals are a common procedure. If you live in the Columbus area and are currently experiencing tooth pain, we invite you to call (614) 459-3229 to schedule an appointment and see if you need a root canal endodontic treatment.
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Years ago, the only solution to infected tooth was to pull or extract it. But today, even if the pulp inside your tooth is infected or damaged, the tooth can still be saved, thanks to root canal endodontic treatment. At our dental office in Columbus, OH, we regularly perform root canal treatment to remove infections and save our patient’s teeth. It is a better option than extraction as it keeps the natural tooth in place and preserves your facial structure. If left untreated, infected teeth will eventually fall out. With too many missing teeth, the muscles in your face can start to sag and affect the way you smile and look. Many people, however, refuse to get a root canal treatment as they associate it with extreme pain and discomfort. Here at our office, we’ll ensure a pleasant, comfortable dental experience for you through the use of sedation. Before the procedure, we’ll give you medication to help you feel relaxed and numb the area we’ll work on. Also, trust us to make you feel at ease the whole time you’re sitting in the dental chair.

How is a Root Canal Performed?

A root canal treatment starts by creating a small opening in the crown of the damaged tooth to remove the infected dental pulp from both the pulp chamber and the root canal. Next, our dentist will clean, fill, and seal the root canal system to ensure the infection is gone. She will also put a temporary filling on the missing portion of the tooth to protect the inside of the tooth while it’s healing. Come back to our office after a few weeks, so our dentist can remove the temporary filling. At this stage, you can choose to have a permanent crown or seek other restoration options for your newly saved tooth.

What Happens After Treatment?

A few days after the treatment, your tooth may feel a little sensitive or tender. But no worries, our dentist will prescribe you medications to help manage any pain or discomfort you may feel after the procedure. Also, it is important to avoid biting down on the affected tooth until we’ve completed the tooth restoration. The temporary filling is delicate; a simple act of chewing may break it. We’ll provide after-care instructions to boost the healing of the tooth and prepare it for the restoration procedure.

Why Choose iSmile Dental Group LLC?

Apart from our sedation dentistry, we help patients feel comfortable through our personalized approach. When you walk into our door, our friendly staff will immediately greet you. They will guide you through paperwork and your other needs before the consultation or procedure. Our dentist will take ample time to explain every detail of the treatment, including what to expect during and after the procedure. More importantly, we won’t only treat your infected dental pulp but also help improve your overall oral health. Tooth infection is often caused by poor oral hygiene. We’ll focus on quality patient care and education to help transform the way you look at the importance of oral care and regular dental visits. This approach sets our patients on the road to successful recovery and long-term oral health. Ready to put an end to your dental woes? Get in touch with us today to schedule a root canal consultation.

Why do most people need a root canal?

When a tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread into the center of the tooth. This area is called the dental pulp. Inside of the dental pulp is the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. All of the sensitive areas of the tooth are contained here. As such, when the area becomes infected it can be incredibly painful, requiring immediate treatment. We can perform a root canal quickly on people living in and around the Columbus area.

How does the treatment work?

A root canal endodontic procedure works by creating a small hole in the tooth so that all of the infected areas can be removed. The dental pulp is removed, and oftentimes so are the roots. You only need your tooth roots to feel sensations like hot and cold and for the tooth to grow in. Once it has fully matured, removing the roots will not directly harm the tooth. It can, however, prevent the further spread of infection so when it is necessary to remove the roots; we promptly do so. Once done, we will clean the area to ensure that the infection is gone. We will typically prescribe antibiotics, as well. This ensures that any lingering infection is eliminated. In order to complete the root canal, we will seal up the hole and area where the dental pulp used to be. This is typically done with something called gutta-percha. This is a rubber-like substance that can help to stabilize the tooth now that a portion is missing. At iSmile Dental Group LLC, we will then use a filling or crown in order to further strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Both fillings and crowns can now be created in a tooth-color. This means that regardless of where your infected tooth is located, a crown can be used, and it will blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Patients throughout the Columbus area appreciate how natural their tooth looks once the procedure is complete.

Columbus, Ohio Root Canal Treatment

Why should I have a root canal endodontics treatment?

If you live in Columbus, OH you should schedule an appointment with us to discuss the health of your teeth, any problems that you may be having and what should be done to heal and protect the tooth. If it appears that a root canal is the best option, we will make this recommendation. If not, we will present a treatment solution that will solve your health issue. Overall, a root canal endodontics treatment is extremely effective for saving damaged teeth by removing any infection that may be there. This single treatment makes it possible for millions of teeth to be saved on an annual basis and once it is completed; eating and drinking becomes easy again.

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What about discomfort?

We work to help patients to feel comfortable during their root canal endodontics procedure by using sedation dentistry. We have a variety of ways that we can eliminate both discomfort and anxiety during a root canal. Whether a patient needs to take something ahead of time to relax or medication to numb the specific area that is being worked on, we can provide painless dentistry and help patients enjoy their dental treatments.

What are the advantages of this procedure?

In the past, many people would need to have their teeth pulled if they became severely infected or the dental pulp became inflamed. Now, those same teeth can be saved by performing a root canal. This is a far better option because it keeps the natural tooth in place. This is important for the shape of the face because as teeth fall out the muscles in the face can start to sag. While this is not particularly common with the loss of one tooth, it is when several become infected and fall out. By treating and saving an infected tooth, we are helping to preserve our patients' facial structure.

Another benefit is that once the root canal has been completed, and the filling or crown is in place; it is possible to eat like normal and without restrictions. Once the infection is gone, and the tooth is strengthened, it will behave like it used to. That makes it possible to bite down with normal force, chew, and maintain normal activities without worrying about the tooth. This helps patients throughout Columbus get back to return to their busy schedules. A restored tooth will look completely natural if a tooth-colored crown or filling is used to restore it. In fact, crowns can be created in the exact shade of the surrounding teeth so that it blends in perfectly. This way no one will know that you ever had a procedure completed. If, in fact, you had a root canal done previously, you may want to have the filling or crown around it replaced with today’s version for an improved appearance. Alternatively, if don’t have a root canal endodontics procedure completed, the infected tooth will likely need to be pulled. This is essential for preventing the spread of infection. Once the tooth is removed it will need to be replaced. The options for doing so involve wearing a denture, getting a dental bridge or having dental implants installed. These are all viable solutions but take additional time, and the recovery period is longer since the procedures will take several steps. Therefore, one possible solution is for us to attempt to save your tooth by performing a root canal endodontics procedure. To learn more about this option call iSmile Dental Group LLC at (614) 459-3229 and schedule an appointment.
If you live in the Columbus area, call (614) 459-3229 to schedule your dental exam so that you can remain in good health or receive treatment for a current condition.
Definition of Endodontic Terminology
Cementum
Cementum is that bone-like tissue that forms the outer surface on the root of the tooth.
Dental Pulp
Dental pulp is the inner-most layer of the tooth with connective tissue that contains blood vessels and nerve tissue.
Dentin
Dentin is the inner layer of the tooth structure that is immediately under the enamel and surrounds the dental pulp.
Direct Pulp Cap
A direct pulp cap is a procedure in which a professional treats exposed pulp with a therapeutic material to help the tooth heal.
Enamel
The enamel is the hard calcified layer that covers the entire tooth and is subject to interaction with multiple substances.
Endodontist
An endodontist is a specialist who focuses on treating issues, diseases and conditions that affect the inner-most layer of the tooth, the dental pulp.
Pulpectomy
A pulpectomy is a procedure that involves the complete removal of pulp tissue from the root canal in a tooth.
Pulpitis
Pulpitis is another term to describe the inflammation of the dental pulp due to an injury or infection.
Pulpotomy
A pulpotomy is a procedure involving the removal of a portion of diseased or infected pulp in order to protect the healthy portions of the pulp and teeth still in the mouth.
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