Root canals are a common dental procedure that can save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction. At Finley River Dental in Ozark, Missouri, our experienced dentist, Dr. Justin Denney, can help you determine if a root canal is right for you.
A root canal is necessary when the pulp, or soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. This can happen as a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or trauma. Symptoms of an infected tooth may include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling, or a bump on the gums near the affected tooth.
During a root canal procedure, Dr. Denney will remove the damaged or infected pulp from the tooth. He will then clean and shape the inside of the root canals, filling them with a biocompatible material to seal the tooth and prevent further infection. In most cases, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its function.
Getting a root canal typically involves two appointments at our office. During your first visit, Dr. Denney will examine your tooth and take digital X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. He will then numb the area with a local anesthetic and make a small opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp.
Once the pulp has been removed, Dr. Denney will clean and shape the inside of the root canals and fill them with the biocompatible material. He will then place a temporary filling to protect the tooth while your custom dental crown is being made.
At your second appointment, Dr. Denney will remove the temporary filling and place your custom dental crown over your tooth. He will check to make sure it fits properly and make any necessary adjustments. Once the crown is in place, he will bond it to your tooth using a special dental cement.
If you are experiencing tooth pain or other symptoms of an infected tooth, contact us at 417-581-3400 in Ozark, Missouri, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Denney. He can help you determine which option is right for you and create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals