Root Canal Therapy | Stow OH
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What is a root canal (Endodontics)?
A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million occur every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Bacteria that are introduced into the pulp as a result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fracture or other problems, can severely damage the pulp. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment (root canal therapy) to eliminate the diseased pulp. An endodontic specialist removes the diseased pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After the injured pulp is removed, the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits, depending on the treatment required. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home afterwards, and most patients feel comfortable returning to their normal routine. Provided you have a preliminary consultation and a driver available, we can provide oral conscious sedation as well.
Successful root canal treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within 2 to 6 weeks of completion at our office. This will protect the tooth against fracture and decay. Most teeth will require a crown to protect against fracture. Delay in obtaining the final restoration may result in tooth fracture and possible loss of the tooth.
You may eat and drink as soon as the anesthetic wears off. The tooth may be tender for several days up to a few weeks as a result of the manipulation during treatment. Give the area some time to heal. For most patients, over the counter pain reliever is recommended for the first few days. Avoid chewing on the treatment side of your mouth until the tenderness is gone. In the unlikely event that pain should become severe or swelling develops (or if you just need reassurance), please call us immediately at Stow Office Phone Number 330-688-3800.
How much will it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth, which tooth is affected, what imaging is required, and whether or not oral conscious sedation is used. In general, endodontic treatment is less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.