Relieve Pain with Root Canal Therapy in State College
If you need a root canal, don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s terrible news. In fact, it’s actually a great thing -- it means we can save the tooth and keep your natural smile intact! Modern root canal therapy from Dr. Kevin P. Labosky, the dentist in State College, is comfortable, efficient, and nothing to dread.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is a procedure in which your dentist cleans out the interior of an affected tooth and refills it with a biocompatible material to stop decay or damage. It is a very common restorative treatment. Most root canal treatments are successful, though complex cases may require retreatment.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
Dr. Labosky will recommend a root canal when the interior of a tooth, the pulp, has been affected. A tooth needing root canal therapy may be very painful, or the infection may be so severe that the tooth is dead and you can’t feel anything at all.
Some of the warning signs that you need a root canal include:
- An aching tooth
- Severe injury to the tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to heat, cold, or pressure
- A dark tooth
- A pimple-like bump on the gum below the tooth
- A foul odor coming from the tooth
Do not delay seeking treatment for a tooth that needs root canal therapy. It won’t get better on its own, and getting the help you need right away ensures we can keep your natural smile intact.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
If you need a root canal, we will begin by administering local anesthesia to remove all feeling from the treatment area. Patients who need a little extra help relaxing can also choose from nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation for total comfort.
After we are sure you’re ready to begin treatment, Dr. Labosky starts by creating a small hole in the affected tooth. This access point is created on the back of a front tooth and on the chewing surface of a premolar or molar.
Using special tools, Dr. Labosky removes all the dead or diseased tissue from the interior of the tooth. Then, the root canals are measured and reshaped. A biocompatible material known as gutta percha fills the tooth.
Most of the time, Dr. Labosky will recommend a dental crown to complete the root canal treatment. We may also use antibiotic therapy to heal serious infections. Often, root canals are completed over the course of two visits to our office. If you need to wear a temporary crown in the time between appointments, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until the tooth has been permanently restored.
You will likely experience mild discomfort, slight bleeding, and swelling after the procedure. Take all medications as prescribed, limit your diet to soft foods, and take it easy for the first day or two. Pretty soon you’ll be back to normal, feeling good knowing you’ve got a healthy smile once again!
Plan Your Dental Visit Today!
Do you have a severely aching or damaged tooth? Seek the comfortable restorative treatment you need today. Request an appointment with Dr. Labosky!