Here at LifeSmiles Dentistry in Lafayette, Indiana, our dentists are committed to preserve your natural teeth at all costs, even when infections or decay threaten to damage the tooth and its nerve. Our practice offers root canal therapy as a solution to treat infections that have reached the pulp or tissue inside the tooth which can lead to tooth decay and loss of the tooth.
Our dentists at LifeSmiles Dentistry provide this treatment making sure you feel the least pain possible.
Root canal therapy consists of removing the infected pulp of the tooth and thoroughly cleaning the area to get rid of any bacteria that can contaminate the tooth again. Once the tooth is cleaned, it is filled and sealed with a porcelain crown to protect the tooth from further infections.
With the new technological advancements in dentistry, our dentists can do the procedure faster and with less pain and discomfort for you. Root canal therapy is a better treatment option than a tooth extraction because removing a tooth completely can trigger other issues such as misalignment of surrounding teeth or the need for dental implants to maintain complete functionality. Root canals are very effective when dealing with infections but good oral hygiene is needed in order to prevent new infections to occur and further treatment needed.
When do you need root canal therapy?
- Tooth decay
- Soft tissue infection usually presents as tenderness or swelling
- Extreme tooth ache
- Abscesses or cysts
- Injury or trauma to the tooth
The root canal therapy is done by a dentist specialised in root canals or endodontist. The procedure starts after the tooth and soft tissue surrounding it are numbed, to block the pain and minimize discomfort during the procedure. Then the endodontist drills on top of the tooth so that the infected pulp inside the tooth can be taken out through root canals. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and prepared for a temporary or permanent filling that will be sealed with a crown so the tooth is protected against further infections. If there is extensive tooth decay the tooth might have to be extracted.
It is common to experience greater sensitivity and swelling after the procedure and during the healing process. Your dentist will provide you with all the information you need to take care after the root canal therapy and ensure a quick recovery.
If you need a root canal therapy, our dentists here at LifeSmiles Dentistry can evaluate you and offer you the best treatment in West Lafayette, Indiana. At LifeSmiles Dentistry, your oral health and beautiful smile is our main priority. We strive to provide the best dental care possible in a relaxed and friendly environment to the people of Lafayette, Indiana. Make an appointment today or give us a call if you have any questions regarding root canal therapy or any other services we offer.