Patient and Dentist

Root Canal

At East Highland Dental, we specialize in saving patients' teeth. With gentle root canal treatments, Dr. Shah can remove infections that can lead to tooth loss. With years of experience, Dr. Shah is the best Highland Root Canal Dentist to see in the local area. 
 
Our Highland Dental Office strives to provide you with pain-free dental treatments. Your comfort and pain relief is always a top priority for our team. So if you need an endodontic root canal, call our office to start.

Why Does Someone Need A Root Canal?

The main reasons you will need a root canal is to stop the pain and to save a tooth. Your teeth can become infected. When the infection arrives, it can spread to the tooth center, also known as the dental pulp. Your dental pulp houses many sensitive nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. So if bacteria can penetrate this area, a lot of pain will come about. When this occurs, immediate treatment is the best course of action.

Why Does Someone Need A Root Canal?

The main reasons you will need a root canal is to stop the pain and to save a tooth. Your teeth can become infected. When the infection arrives, it can spread to the tooth center, also known as the dental pulp. Your dental pulp houses many sensitive nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. So if bacteria can penetrate this area, a lot of pain will come about. When this occurs, immediate treatment is the best course of action.

Signs You Need A Root Canal

While a dentist is the only person that can accurately diagnose if you need a root canal, there are some red flags to be aware of symptom wise. The main reason patients need root canal therapy is due to a bacterial infection of their teeth. One typical red flag that will appear is tooth pain, especially after drinking hot or cold liquids. Concurrently, you might also notice severe pain or toothache with chewing. Another significant symptom to be aware of is a dental abscess. An abscess is a pimple that can appear out of nowhere on your gum tissues. Also, too swelling and gum tenderness and tooth discoloration are telling symptoms that you might need a root canal.
 
An important note to keep in mind is when your pain goes away. Patients often think that everything self-healed, and they no longer need to see a dentist or get a root canal. This loss of pain is farther from the truth. When your severe tooth pain and symptoms subside, this means your pain-sensing nerve roots have died off. Now your tooth will be weak and be susceptible to a fracture. This scenario can lead to expensive dental work in the future, like implants or crowns.

How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

Endodontic root canals involve many steps. First, your dentist will drill a small hole in your tooth. The hole allows the dentist a passageway into your inner pulp to remove infected tissues. Often the pulp and roots will need removal. Tooth roots are only necessary to feel temperature sensations. Once a tooth is fully mature, removing the roots won't harm your tooth. Root removal will help stop the infection from spreading in your mouth. After the infected tissue is removed, thorough cleaning of the area is next. The tissue removal helps ensure the infection is completely eradicated. If needed, Dr. Shah will prescribe antibiotics as well to prevent lingering infections.
 
For completion of the treatment, sealing of the hole along with the dental pulp area is next. A safe and sturdy sealant is used to add stability to the tooth that now has missing pieces. Finally, a filling or crown is applied to the treated tooth to add strength and protection. So regardless of what tooth had the root canal, tooth-colored fillings or crowns can be used. The crown or filling will blend in perfectly with your surrounding teeth.

Is The Treatment Painful?

Believe it or not, modern dentistry can make the root canal treatment pain free. Advancements in pain mitigation have progressed a long way. There are antibiotics for swelling and numbing agents for pain. For patients with anxiety, there is also sedation. Our team is prepared to make your treatment comfortable and pain-free.

Performing a root canal successfully has many benefits you might not be aware of. In the past, receiving a tooth extraction was the only treatment available for infected teeth. Now with root canals, your tooth can be saved. Having missing teeth can cause your facial muscles to sag. This sagging, in turn, can cause one to look older than what they naturally are. Saving your natural teeth, in the long run, helps preserve your facial structure.
 
Root canals also bring the benefit of a better quality of life. With a filling or crown in place, you can normally eat without restriction. After the infection is gone, your tooth regains its strength. You will be able to bite down and chew normally again.
 
If the tooth needs pulling out, our office has other treatments available such as dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
 
So if you're having a dental emergency due to severe pain or bleeding, call East Highland dental today. We offer same-day appointments. Don't wait and hope the pain will go away. With years of experience, Dr. Shah will be able to help you get the pain relief you need while saving your tooth. 

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