Endodontics (Root Canals)
If you have been told that you need root canal therapy, you could be forgiven for feeling a knot of fear in your stomach. Root canal treatments have a reputation for being one of the most unpleasant and painful dental treatments, but thanks to evolutions in dental technologies along with advancements in pain local anesthetics, that reputation is now
At Eric Spellman, DMD, we use the Wave One System, so patients can have their root canal treatment effectively completed in one day. Unlike traditional root canal treatments, studies show that the Wave One system destroys 99.7% of bacteria in the root canal compared to 58% in traditional techniques.
What is root canal treatment?
Teeth have several layers. The enamel, which is the outermost layer, is the hardest layer and protects the softer inner parts from damage and decay. The middle layer is known as dentin, and it is often when dentin is exposed that we suffer from tooth sensitivity. Root canal treatment is designed to treat infections within the deepest part of the tooth, an area
The pulp contains channels that run from the crown of the tooth down to the bottom of the root. These channels are known as root canals. Smaller teeth may have just one root canal, but larger teeth like molars have several. The root’s canal delivers blood vessels, nutrients, and nerves that your tooth needs to remain healthy. When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, it compromises this delivery, causing your tooth to become diseased. When left untreated, a root canal infection will cause the tooth to die and fall out.
While root canal infections can result in tooth loss, if you seek treatment early, it is entirely possible to remove all traces of the infection and save your affected tooth. Some patients enquire whether they can have antibiotics as an alternative to
Symptoms of a root canal infection
A warm, moist mouth is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and dental infections are renowned for spreading quickly. Often, an infection will have taken hold before the first symptoms are noticeable. However, there are signs that could indicate that you have a root canal infection. These include:
- Sensitivity to hot/cold or sweet food or drink
- Swelling of the gum, particularly around the affected tooth
- Pus around the affected tooth
The tooth may darken in color as it loses the nutrients and blood it needs to remain healthy
Root Canal Procedures
Traditional root canal treatments usually
Around a week later, traditional root canals require patients to come for a second appointment to uncover the root canal again and check for signs of infection. Root canal treatments are performed using anesthetic, so you will not be in any discomfort during your appointment.
The Wave One® System
At Eric Spellman, DMD, we are committed to providing patients the most effective and pain-free treatments by offering
If you are suffering from the symptoms of a root canal infection, timely diagnosis and treatment
Dr. Eric Spellman has extensive experience in delivering restorative dental treatments, including