Root canal treatment in Canton, OH

Root Canal Treatment in Canton, OH

When tooth decay goes unchecked, it can penetrate deep into the tooth and affect the pulp, where sensitive nerves and blood vessels reside. This can result in significant pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, severe infection and tooth loss. At Minter Dentistry, we offer root canal therapy as a solution to save teeth that are severely damaged or infected.

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What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that aims to save a tooth that is severely infected or decayed. It involves removing the infected or damaged pulp or nerve from inside the tooth. Once the infected pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent further infection.

Common Symptoms of a Root Canal

Recognizing the symptoms that indicate a potential need for root canal therapy is important to prevent tooth loss or severe infection. Some common symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include:

  • Severe Tooth Pain
  • Sensitivity to Temperature
  • Swelling or Tenderness
  • Discoloration of the Tooth
  • Painful Abscess
  • Foul Taste or Odor

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

Initial Consultation and Examination

The process begins with a thorough examination of the affected tooth, which includes taking X-rays to assess the extent of the damage and determine the best course of treatment. During this consultation, Dr. Minter will discuss your symptoms, medical history, and treatment options.

Local Anesthesia and Sedation Options

Before the root canal procedure begins, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth and ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Depending on your level of anxiety or the complexity of the procedure, Dr. Minter may also offer sedation options, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives or IV conscious sedation.

Removal of Infected or Damaged Tissue

Once you are comfortable and adequately numb, Dr. Minter will create a small hole in the top of the tooth to reach the infected or damaged pulp. Using specialized instruments, the infected pulp will be carefully removed.

Cleaning and Disinfection of the Root Canal System

After the infected tissue has been removed, the interior of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to eliminate any remaining bacteria and prevent future infection.

Filling and Sealing the Tooth

Once the root canal system has been cleaned and disinfected, the empty space inside the tooth will be filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. The hole that was made in the top of the tooth will be sealed with a final filling for protection.

Benefits of Root Canals

  • Preservation of Natural Teeth: Root canal treatment allows patients to retain their natural teeth, avoiding the need for extraction and potential tooth loss.
  • Relief from Pain and Discomfort: Removing the source of infection and inflammation within the tooth can provide significant relief and restore comfort to the affected tooth and surrounding tissues.
  • Restoration of Oral Health and Function: Restoring the integrity of the tooth structure can help patients regain normal oral function and maintain overall oral health.
  • Prevention of Further Dental Complications: Root canal therapy helps prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and tissues, reducing the risk of complications and preserving the health of the entire mouth.
  • Long-term Durability and Success Rates: With proper care and maintenance, teeth treated with root canal therapy can last a lifetime, providing patients with a reliable and functional solution for damaged or infected teeth.

Endodontic Dentist in Canton, OH

If you are experiencing symptoms such as severe tooth pain, sensitivity or swelling, don’t delay seeking treatment. Contact us today to schedule a dental consultation at Minter Dentistry in Canton, OH. Our team is here to provide compassionate and effective dental care to help you regain comfort, function, and confidence in your smile.