Root Canal Therapy in Springfield, MO

Root Canal Therapy in Springfield, MO

The root canal is the hollow portion inside a tooth containing the blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves that nourish the teeth and supply moisture to the surrounding tissues. Any damage to the root canals obstructs the normal functioning of the teeth. 
Root canal treatment is an endodontic therapy - treatment taking place inside the teeth that removes dead and damaged dental pulp from within and restores its normal functioning. 

Why Would You Need Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is performed when the teeth crack open due to trauma or decay, and as a result, the tender pulp tissues are injured, swollen, or infected. The pulp is damaged due to the following factors:
  • Tooth decay due to a deep cavity
  • A chip or crack in the teeth due to injury
If left untreated for long, the bacteria seep into the deep cavities, causing contamination of the pulp tissues and resulting in bone loss and eventually loss of teeth itself. 

Signs and Symptoms of Infection

  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Inflamed and tender gums
  • Darkening of gums and severe pain during biting and chewing food

What Are the Steps in Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal treatment is performed in three steps:

X-rays: In the first appointment, We will take a dental X-ray to have a clear image of the range of damage.

Anesthetic: Local anesthesia is administered into the gums before the treatment, and a dental dam is placed to protect the tooth from saliva.

Pulp removal: We will then make a small opening on the top of the tooth. After the damaged pulp and tissues are visible, we will remove them using a dental tool called files.

Cleaning: The root canal is flushed and cleaned before reshaping it for better filling. Sometimes, medication is applied to the gums to numb the pain and prevent further infection.

Temporary Fillings: Before putting in the original filling, a soft and temporary filling is placed to protect the opening from saliva and microorganisms.

Dental filling: A sealing paste and a rubber compound followed by a dental filling is used to fill in the tooth. A porcelain crown is placed on the tooth to protect it from future damage and restore its appearance. Sometimes metal support is inserted for the longevity of the tooth. 

Taking Care After the Treatment

  • Before the procedure is complete, the tooth should not be used for chewing or biting food
  • Avoid food containing excess sugar
  • A soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste are to be used.

Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Robbins. Call us at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.

Location

3211 E Battlefield Rd #100, Springfield, MO 65804

Office Hours

MON - THU 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

FRI - SUN Closed

Get in Touch

Email: appointments@itooth.net

Phone: (417) 883-8515