If you have tooth pain, discoloration, or gum swelling, you might have an infected tooth. At Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, with 12 offices in Nuremberg, Sullivan Trail Falls, Freeland, Hazelton, Monroe Township, Wilkes-Barre, Shickshinny, and Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, dental specialists offer root canal treatment to save a tooth from falling out or requiring extraction. Call the office to schedule a dental exam or book an appointment online today.
Root canal treatment at Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a procedure in which your dental provider cleans out the inside of your tooth, or its pulp, to get rid of bacteria and infection. Doing so restores the tooth and prevents future damage. Root canal treatment can save your tooth, as failing to treat tooth decay can cause a permanent tooth to fall out.
You may need a root canal if you experience the following symptoms:
If you’re unsure whether you need root canal treatment, the friendly Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania providers can happily assist you. If you have minor tooth decay, you might simply need a crown or dental filling.
Before getting a root canal, your dentist numbs the treatment area to ensure you avoid discomfort. They make an opening in the top part of your tooth to have access to its inner pulp. Your dentist then cleans out the inside of the affected tooth to remove decay and infection.
They fill the empty space with restorative dental materials and seal the tooth closed. Your dentist could place a dental crown (tooth-like cap) over the top of a treated tooth to protect it from future damage.
After getting a root canal, there’s no downtime, so you can resume a normal routine immediately. However, your tooth may be a little sensitive or tender for a day or two.
Take good care of your newly restored tooth by not chewing on ice or other hard objects. Floss every day, brush your teeth after meals, and have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist every six months.
At the first sign of tooth decay or infection, schedule an appointment by calling Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania or booking an appointment online.