Save And Restore an Infected Tooth
Root Canal Therapy in Porters Neck
If you have a damaged or infected tooth, a root canal is an effective, quick way to restore your smile, and it is usually the only way to avoid tooth loss or necessary extraction. Dr. Friberg is an experienced endodontist and he can treat both anterior (front) and posterior (rear) teeth if they have become infected. We use modern tools and minimally-invasive techniques to ensure a quick, painless procedure, and we also offer sedation if you would like an extra level of comfort.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are required when the outermost layers of your tooth (enamel and dentin) are damaged and the interior “pulp” becomes infected. This can happen as a result of tooth decay, which weakens and softens the outer structure of your tooth. Oral injuries can also crack your tooth, exposing the pulp. When bacteria enters the interior of a tooth, the pulp becomes infected, often causing serious pain and discomfort. Other symptoms include swollen gums, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and pain when chewing. Root canal therapy will remove any infected material and restore your tooth.
Understanding The Root Canal Process
Though root canal therapy may seem intimidating, this is a common procedure that is minimally-invasive, and it is often the best way to save an infected tooth. During the procedure, Dr. Friberg will remove any infected or damaged material from your tooth using specialized dental tools. This is all done under local anesthetic, and you can also opt for sedation if you believe it would make you feel more comfortable. After removing damaged material, Dr. Friberg will cap your tooth with a crown to save and preserve its structure.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Our modern technology and minimally-invasive techniques ensure that your procedure is as painless as possible. In fact, root canals are the best way to get relief from the pain of an infected tooth, which can often be excruciating. Most patients report that the process of root canal therapy is much less painful than the toothache caused by infection. If you are still concerned about pain, we have sedation options to keep you feeling relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire procedure.