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Wichita Root Canal Treatment
If one of your teeth becomes injured, badly decayed or diseased, it can often be saved through a specialized dental procedure known as root canal (endodontic) treatment.
When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
Root canal treatment is performed when a tooth’s pulp tissue (nerves, blood supply, connective tissue) becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection could be caused by decay, a crack in the tooth, or traumatic injury. If inflamed or infected pulp tissue is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
There can be many signs associated with a tooth that needs root canal treatment:
- sensitivity to heat or cold
- darkening of the tooth
- swelling around the tooth
Sometimes there may be no symptoms at all, and the abscess is detected by x-ray.
Once a tooth has reached a point where root canal treatment is recommended, it is often the only way to save the tooth.
What’s Involved In Root Canal Treatment?
There is no reason to fear root canal treatment. We work hard to see that you are comfortable throughout the treatment.
During a root canal procedure, the infected or inflamed pulp tissue is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
A tooth that needs a root canal often has extensive decay, a large filling, or other weakness that affects its structural stability. Generally, a crown, crown and post, or other restoration is needed to protect the tooth from breaking and to restore it to full function.
We’ll discuss the need for any restorative work in addition to your root canal, and make sure you have a full understanding of the treatment and your options.
Don’t live with tooth pain due to fear of a root canal. We can help. Give us a call today at (316) 634-0990. You can also use the form to schedule an appointment.