Root Canal Therapy
Root canal (endodontic) therapy is an essential procedure for salvaging a badly damaged tooth. It is also one of the most misunderstood dental treatments since most patients associate this procedure with pain.
The truth is, if your tooth is severely damaged to the point where the nerve has become involved, it is likely that you are experiencing pain. However, it is root canal therapy that alleviates pain, eliminates infection, and prevents the tooth from being lost.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
Dr. Aiello typically recommends endodontic treatments on teeth with:
- Large Cavities
- A History of Trauma
- Dying Nerves
- Dental Abscesses
- Severe Fractures
The Root Canal Process
When Dr. Aiello performs a root canal, what he is actually doing is removing the damaged nerve tissue and sealing off the chamber inside of the tooth. This prevents bacteria or infection from re-entering the nerve chamber. It also prevents the tooth from continued decay or internal absorption.
After the root canal is complete, a full coverage crown will need to be placed over the tooth because the tooth structure that is left is now brittle. A crown protects the treated tooth from chipping or wearing away and ensures that you enjoy all the function you had before your treatment.
In most cases, Dr. Aiello completes root canal treatments here in our Clinton Township family dental office. This prevents the need to send patients to a third-party specialist.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Your comfort is always at the forefront of our actions, and with the use of the highest quality dental anesthetics and rotary endodontic tools, Dr. Aiello can make root canal therapy comfortable and efficient for his patients. The anesthetics ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure, while rotary tools make the procedure easier.
Rotary endodontic tools are made of nickel titanium, which allows them to be more flexible when reaching the infected tissues within your tooth. The tools are also electric, which allows Dr. Aiello to complete the procedure more efficiently.
Patients who are still feeling anxious about root canal therapy are welcome to discuss options for dental sedation to help them feel relaxed during their procedure with Dr. Aiello.
How to Prevent a Root Canal
Many cases of root canal therapy could be prevented if patients are proactive about attending their routine cleanings and checkups. These visits are crucial because Dr. Aiello can detect tooth decay in its earliest stages, giving us the opportunity to address the issue which a much less invasive procedure such as a dental filling.
If you are experiencing dental sensitivity or pain, or if it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, please give Dr. Aiello a call to schedule your appointment.