Restore Infected Teeth
Root Canal Therapy in Sunbury
If you have a serious cavity or your tooth has been damaged by an oral injury, your tooth may become infected. If this happens, root canal therapy from Dr. Miller can restore your tooth and get you back to smiling again. Schedule your appointment today! When it comes to infected teeth, time is of the essence and every minute matters!
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Signs & Symptoms Of An Infected Tooth
The most common sign of an infected tooth is a serious, prolonged toothache that lasts for more than 2-3 days. However, not all infected teeth cause a toothache. Other symptoms to look out for include discoloration in and around the tooth, increased sensitivity, pain or pressure when chewing, and swelling of the face and cheek near the affected tooth.
What to Expect
The Root Canal Therapy Process
Tooth infections occur when bacteria infect the vulnerable, soft “pulp” inside your tooth. This pulp supports your tooth and keeps it alive, so if this becomes infected it can have severely negative effects on your oral health.
Treatment begins by cleaning and numbing your mouth, then isolating your tooth with a dental dam to prevent the spread of bacteria and infected material. Then, Dr. Miller will remove decayed or damaged enamel, and also create a small hole in the tooth through which she will remove any infected pulp. The inside of your tooth will be flushed with disinfectant to remove any remaining bacteria.
Once the tooth has been sanitized, it’s filled with a rubbery substance called “gutta-percha.” Then, it’s restored with a temporary filling or crown. You usually will need to come back and have a permanent crown to be placed once your tooth heals.
The Root Canal Healing Process
How Long Does It Take?
It usually takes only a few days to heal from your root canal. You may feel some pain, discomfort and bruising around the treatment area, but this will fade relatively quickly. If you still feel pain or discomfort after a week, contact us for a follow-up appointment right away.
Will My Root Canal Hurt?
Separating Fact From Fiction
Popular culture has given root canals a bad reputation. In reality, they do not hurt at all. A root canal is only about as invasive as a filling, and you will be numbed for the entire process, so you won’t feel a thing. In fact, a root canal is the best way to get relief from the pain of an infected tooth, which can be excruciating and interfere with your day-to-day life.