Welcome to East Mountain Dental in Provo, UT! We offer expert root canal services with our experienced dentists, Dr. Ryan Hamilton, Dr. Michael Roberts, and Dr. Seager. Our root canal specialists have extensive training and experience with the latest technologies to provide you with the best care possible.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from the inner chamber of a tooth. The pulp is replaced with filling material, and the tooth is sealed to protect it from further damage. This procedure is necessary when the infection or damage is severe enough to cause pain or threaten the tooth’s overall health.
Is a Root Canal the Same as Endodontics?
A root canal falls under a specific field of dentistry, namely Endodontics. This field deals with conditions that affect the inside of the tooth.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Tooth pulp can become infected through cavities or fractures in the tooth that become the breeding ground of harmful bacteria. If the decay is extensive enough that we cannot fix it with a filling, you will need a root canal. During a root canal treatment in Provo Utah procedure, the decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, which lies underneath your tooth enamel and a harder layer called dentin, is extracted.
Once we remove this decayed pulp, the tooth’s or the canal’s interior will be reshaped and filled up with a material called gutta percha that is then sealed with a temporary filling to prevent decay. A crown is usually the final step in the treatment to restore the tooth and its original functioning.
What are the Benefits of a Root Canal?
Root canals can be beneficial in several ways.
First, root canals can save a tooth that would otherwise require removal. Saving the tooth means keeping your natural tooth and avoiding needing a bridge or implant. Second, root canals can prevent further damage from occurring to the tooth. Third, root canals can help to reduce discomfort and pain associated with an infected tooth. Fourth, root canals can protect the health of the surrounding teeth. Finally, root canals can prevent the spread of infection to other parts of the body.
Overall, root canals can be an effective way to save a tooth and protect your health.
How do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
Suppose you are experiencing a severe toothache, pimples on your gums, swelling, tenderness, and prolonged sensitivity to temperature differences, and notice that your tooth is a darker shade than usual. In that case, you may suffer from advanced decay and require a root canal.
How Painful is a Root Canal?
Root canals are seen as very uncomfortable and painful procedures, but we always prioritize our patient’s peace of mind. At East Mountain Dental, we use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our root canal procedures are as efficient and comfortable as possible. We use digital imaging to diagnose the problem and create a personalized treatment plan. We also use advanced anesthetics to reduce pain and discomfort during the procedure.
With advancements in technology and anesthesia, patients do not feel the procedure. They may only experience some sensitivity after we complete the whole process, which you can reduce through medication. Dr. Ryan Hamilton, Dr. Michael Roberts, and Dr. Seager can also recommend how to look after your teeth in the wake of the procedure. Further, let you know what you can do to prevent tooth decay from occurring again. Feel free to ask our dentists anything you wish to know about what you can expect before, during, and after a root canal procedure for total peace of mind.
Root Canal Treatment in Provo Utah
Our experienced dentists, Dr. Ryan Hamilton, Dr. Michael Roberts, and Dr. Seager, are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care possible. If you need a root canal, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.
We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!