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Professional Root Canal Treatment

The idea of a root canal procedure may be daunting. Fortunately, with Charles Town Smiles in Charles Town, WV, you can expect a refreshing process that restores the form and function of your natural tooth. Discover the benefits of this essential dental treatment and alleviate the discomfort of a damaged or infected tooth.

Men smiling after root canal procedure in Charles Town, WV

Understanding Root Canals

An endodontic treatment, or root canal, serves to save severely injured, cracked, or decayed teeth. These procedures are used when the pulp of the tooth (soft inner tissue) becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp and tooth nerve are removed to mitigate pain and further infection, and the tooth is sealed with a restorative application for long-term protection.

Benefits of Root Canal Procedures

It’s crucial to dispel the common misconceptions surrounding root canals. In contrast, root canal treatment promotes a range of benefits, including:

  • Eliminate pain and discomfort.
  • Preservation of the natural tooth’s form and function.
  • Remove infection and the spread of infection.
  • Enhance oral health.
  • Mitigate tooth loss.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Prompt and efficient treatment.
Root canal treatment being performed at Charles Town Smiles

Root Canal Process

Root canal treatment is completed in one to two visits, depending on the presence of infection and treatment plan. The process involves removing diseased pulp and the tooth’s nerve. The pulp chamber and root canal are then cleaned, medicated, and sealed using a dental crown or other restorative treatment to strengthen and protect the tooth.

Signs You Need a Root Canal Treatment

If you are in need of a root canal treatment, you may notice symptoms. The common signs that indicate it’s time for a root canal include:

  • Tooth or gum pain.
  • Tooth discoloration.
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold.
  • Tooth abscess.
  • Pus drainage.
  • Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes beneath the jaw.

Detecting Root Canal Needs

Endodontic problems can exist without warning signs or symptoms. This does not mean you do not require a root canal treatment. For patients without the presence of symptoms, Charles Town Smiles provides x-rays during your routine dental checkup to reveal inner tooth damage that may otherwise remain unnoticed until more complex issues arise. We are also on call should you need an emergency root canal procedure.

Removing the Pulp & Tooth Nerve

For patients pursuing a root canal procedure with Charles Town Smiles, you can expect a convenient and pain-free experience. To remove the damaged area, we perform the following:

  • Local anesthetic applied to the surrounding area.
  • Application of a dental dam to isolate the tooth.
  • Opening the tooth to remove the soft pulp and nerve.

Restoration Process

Once we have removed the soft pulp and tooth nerve, we reshape, clean, and medicate the affected tooth to prepare it for restoration. The tooth is then filled with a biocompatible material and built into a crown. A permanent restoration, such as a crown, is then placed to protect the tooth.

Root Canal Aftercare

Patients may experience mild swelling and/or discomfort following a root canal procedure. This can be expected to subside within a couple of days and can be managed with over-the-counter medication or an ice pack. At the completion of your treatment, our root canal specialists will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a quick and effective recovery.

Eating During Root Canal Recovery

In the days following a root canal treatment, eating requires specific considerations to deter excessive pressure that may cause damage, pain, or infection to the treated tooth. We recommend sticking to soft foods, including:

  • Soup
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Smoothies
  • Scrambled eggs

Choose Charles Town Smiles

When you choose Charles Town Smiles for your root canal treatment, you’re choosing a dedicated team of dental professionals who value your smile’s health, function, and beauty. Combining decades of time-honored experience and state-of-the-art technology, we ensure a seamless and comfortable experience for our patients. Rely on us for quality care and long-lasting results.

Speak With Our Experienced Providers

If you have been dealing with a relentless toothache, it’s time to look to Charles Town Smiles for root canal treatment. Alleviate the stress of dental care with our dedicated team of experts. Contact us today to schedule your visit and get on the path to lasting relief and optimal oral health.

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