If you are suffering from tooth pain or increased sensitivity, it is likely that this is the result of tooth decay that has begun to irritate the tooth roots. Other times, a patient may need a root canal after suffering from extensive dental damage that resulted in the loss of much of the tooth’s natural enamel. Dr. J. Eric Hires, Dr. Nithya Nagaraj, Dr. Jaslynn Kalsi, and Dr. Shreea Handa will always support saving a natural tooth with root canal therapy whenever possible. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but in reality, extracting a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal therapy is often no more uncomfortable than a dental filling, but Hires Dental Care offers several sedation dentistry options to ensure your comfort. Your dentist will discuss the treatment plan and your concerns prior to your procedure.
The Root Canal Procedure in Toledo, OH
An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment, 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. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, restoring full function.
As with all dentistry, good oral hygiene and routine preventive care are important for maintaining long-term results.
How Do I Prevent Tooth Decay and Dental Damage?
Taking extra precautions with your smile can help avoid the need for root canal therapy later on. To prevent tooth decay, make sure that you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Avoid eating excessively sugary or starchy foods often, as these are known for eating away at your enamel. Also ensure that you are scheduling regular preventative care dentist appointments to allow our dental care professionals the opportunity to remove and plaque or tartar buildup before it is able to cause significant damage.
To prevent dental damage, especially if you are involved in high-contact sports, consider the use of a custom mouthguard. A mouthguard is a removable oral device similar to a retainer. It is worn over the teeth to protect your dental structures from being broken or injured during elective activities.
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 Sylvania Township, OH and Toledo, OH area. Call today or schedule an appointment online.