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Root Canal Treatment



Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, involves the nerves and tissues inside of a tooth’s center chamber, called the pulp. The pulp chamber and tissues are connected to the root canals that extend into your jawbone. Your body sends minerals and nutrients through these canals to your tooth’s tissues; however, when the pulp is infected, the infection can spread through the root canals and away from the tooth. Root canal treatment stops the damage from spreading by removing bacteria and infected tissues, then restoring the tooth to avoid having to extract it.

The Need for Root Canal Treatment

The need for root canal treatment stems from the need to save a tooth whose nerve has been compromised. This can occur for a number of reasons, including;

  • Trauma that interrupts blood supply to the tooth, causing the nerve to die
  • Deep decay that agitates the nerve and has become extremely painful
  • A hairline fracture in the tooth that spreads to the nerve
  • An infected tooth nerve, which can cause swelling in the jaw/face and make biting painful

The Details About Root Canal Treatment

  • Before performing root canal therapy, Dr. Keelan will numb the tooth and surrounding area with local anesthesia.
  • If you are anxious or nervous, then he may also administer sedation before and/or during the procedure, either orally or intravenously, depending on your needs.
  • Next, Dr. Keelan will create a small opening in the tooth through which he can remove the infected pulp tissues, then clean and sanitize the inside of the tooth, including the root canals.
  • After the root canal treatment is completed and the pain and infection are resolved, we will then protect the rest of the tooth by filling the hollow area with tooth-colored composite resin. If the tooth is in the back, and therefore exposed to more bite pressure, then we may place a dental crown over it to prevent it fracturing in the future.
  • If the infection has claimed enough tooth structure that the tooth cannot be restored, or if the infection has remained so long that it doesn’t respond to conventional treatment, then you may require a more extensive restorative option, or a tooth extraction.

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Learn More About Root Canal Treatment

Saving your tooth is always preferable, and in many cases, root canal treatment is the last chance to do so. If you have a severely infected tooth, then learn more about how to save it with root canal treatment by calling our dental office in Butler, PA today at (724) 285-4153. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.