Root Canals Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

If you need a root canal, there’s no reason to fear this treatment. If you have excessive decay or an infection in your tooth, the professionals at Philadelphia Dental in South Philly are ready to help you find relief with a root canal. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the team in Philadelphia today.

Root Canals Q & A

What does a root canal do?

A root canal procedure, also known as endodontic treatment, removes infected or damaged nerve tissue inside the tooth, under the hard enamel surface. The tooth’s root canal is the cavity inside the tooth. This interior nerve tissue inside the root canal is known as pulp.

Adult teeth can actually survive without the pulp, which is why if it is causing issues like decay or infection, removal is possible to save the natural tooth from extraction. After your Philadelphia Dental practitioner cleans out the tissue or bacteria, they fill the root canal and seal the tooth.

When would I need a root canal?

If you have a tooth that is experiencing decay or is infected, you may benefit from a root canal. This damage or irritation could be from untreated tooth decay, dental procedures, or cracks in the tooth.

There could be no symptoms that you need the procedure, but common signs that you need a root canal include:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Greater sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Cracks in the teeth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • An abscess or pimple on the gums

The team at Philadelphia Dental take X-rays of your teeth and advise whether or not you need a root canal.

What happens if decay or damage is left untreated?

Without treatment, the infection could spread to surrounding tissue, and an abscess could form at the end of the roots of the tooth. When an abscess forms, this means the infection has spread past the tooth’s roots.

You may also experience swelling in parts of the face if the infected or damaged pulp is not removed from the tooth’s root canal. If the damage is severe, you may require an extraction.

What will the root canal procedure be like?

The procedure at Philadelphia Dental is relatively painless since the tissue surrounding the tooth is numb. It could take just one appointment, but sometimes two are required. After the dentist cleans out the infection and seals the root with gutta-percha, they’ll either place a filling immediately or fit you for a crown. The dentists at Philadelphia Dental recommend a crown for the most protection.

Crowns take a couple of weeks to make, so you wear a temporary until then. On your second visit, your dentist cements the crown and adjusts it to your bite. The permanent crown protects the tooth and prevents cracking.

You may experience tooth sensitivity for the first few days after the root canal, but this will subside. Talk to the team at Philadelphia Dental if you have questions about root canals. You can call or book an appointment online.