Root Canal Therapy

Here at The Smile Company, a root canal therapy is a very simple procedure. We have the training and the equipment to deal with any problem in the pulp of your tooth. It's not overly complicated at all, despite what you may think, and it's certainly not very painful either. We will make sure you stay as comfortable as possible when you get your root canal therapy.

Is Root Canal Therapy Required?

If there's a problem in the pulp of your tooth which your regular dentist can't handle, you can set an appointment in our dental clinic in Maryland Heights, Missouri so we can evaluate the problem and provide the necessary treatment. Some of our patients have been referred to us by their regular dentist because of our stellar reputation when it comes to root canal therapy and other dental procedures.

Experiencing certain symptoms may indicate that a root canal therapy is necessary. For example, you may be experiencing severe pain in your tooth. It may also be accompanied by swollen gums. Another indicator is that you feel pain when you eat hot or cold food, or when you bite down on your food. In some cases, you may need root canal therapy even when there's no pain at all. The only probable sign is when your tooth suddenly looks stained from the inside, and that usually means a nerve inside the tooth is dead or dying.

We will need to check your tooth carefully to ascertain that you really need root canal therapy. This will help preserve the tooth so that you won't need to have it extracted and so that you will no longer feel the pain anymore.

The Procedure

With root canal therapy, we will remove the infected pulp and tissue that's causing the pain or the stain in your tooth. We make sure that all the infected parts are taken out, so that the germs won't travel to other areas of your tooth or to your gums. We then very carefully clean the area to minimize the chances of another infection. Once that's done, we fill up the cavity and cover it so that the tooth won't get infected from the outside.

A root canal therapy procedure is often necessary because the alternative is much worse. A tooth can become abscessed otherwise when the infection spreads around. The infection may be serious enough that even root canal therapy may be too late, and the tooth will have to be extracted as a result.

At The Smile Company, we will make sure that you're relaxed and comfortable during the entire procedure so you won't feel any pain at all. When it's done there may be some tenderness in the affected area, but this is normal. We will tell you what to do so that you can recuperate properly and quickly.

Root Canal Supplemental Procedures

In some cases, an infection can reoccur even after the pulp has been removed and the area has been cleaned. This often means that there are still some contaminated areas in the canal which remained hidden and have resurfaced. If this is the case, we will advise retreatment and repeat the procedure. In some cases, the apex of the tooth may have to be removed to make sure the infection doesn't re-occur.

If you think you need root canal therapy, call us at (314) 254-4000. At The Smile Company, we can effectively deal with infected pulp tissues in a way that's effective, safe, and pain-free. Give us a call today so you can get rid of the problem once and for all.

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