The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Hires Dental Care offers root canals in their Sylvania Township, OH dentist office. Root canals are a conservative alternative to tooth extraction. Root canals can effectively remove tooth decay without compromising the integrity of the jaw or bite. They have a high success rate of preserving the natural tooth and avoiding a tooth extraction. Due to advancements in dentistry, the root canal process has become less painful and intrusive. Root canals can often be completed in one or two visits to our dental office.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Root canals have a reputation for being extremely painful. The pain a patient is experiencing is actually pain caused by the infection, not the actual root canal procedure. Many patients even enjoy pain relief after the infection is removed, cleaned and sealed. Most patients report that their root canal was no more uncomfortable than a dental filling. Hires Dental Care offers several sedation dentistry options to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Your dentist will discuss the treatment plan and your concerns prior to your procedure.
About the Root Canal Procedure
To begin the procedure, Dr. J. Eric Hires make an access opening on top of the tooth. He will use this to remove the infected pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria with special dental instruments. He will also remove any tooth decay if present. Removing all that will relieve any pressure caused by the infected tooth. He will then thoroughly clean the tooth and get rid of any excess material. It will then be sealed with either a permanent tooth filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment in our Sylvania Township, OH dentist office, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy, Dr. Hires often recommends the placement of a dental crown to help support the structure of your tooth. Custom fit and color matched to your natural teeth, a dental crown fits around the tooth like a cap and will support the long term health of your tooth.
Schedule an Appointment
Don’t let your tooth pain ruin your days. Dr. Hires and his associates offer a variety of services to help relieve your pain including root canals in the Toledo, OH and Sylvania Township, OH area. Call today or schedule an appointment online.