Root Canals

Usually, you will need to have a root canal procedure in order to save a tooth that is severely abscessed. Dr. Trunkey believes that it is always best to save your natural tooth if at all possible. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Trunkey uses the latest in dental technology to complete thorough root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

This procedure begins by having the dentist clean out the infection and nerve tissue from the infected section of the tooth. Next, the dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth in order to reduce the possibility of any further infection. After the tooth has been cleaned and disinfected, the dentist will seal the tooth and place a dental crown in order to strengthen the tooth. Dr. Trunkey usually recommends the use of a crown that is tooth-colored in order to help it blend with your remaining natural teeth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Symptoms of infected teeth that may need a root canal include:

  • Severe pain in the tooth and cheek
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Gums that are swollen and red
  • Infection of the tooth that is visible to the naked eye

The cause of the infection is often tooth decay or damage. While infected teeth can usually be treated with fillings or crowns, severely infected teeth may need a root canal procedure in order to save the tooth.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact our office as soon as possible. The sooner that an infected tooth is treated, the more likely that we will be able to save the natural tooth.