Root Canal Therapy in Bangor, ME
You might be worried that a root canal procedure will be painful; however, root canal therapy actually eases the pain associated with a tooth infection! This type of procedure may also help prevent future problems and pain down the road.
At Maine Family Dental Practice, root canal therapy is a routine procedure that leaves our patients feeling better and allows us to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. If you are in pain, call us as soon as possible!
What Is a Root Canal?
The outer part of the tooth is hard enamel. The next layer is called dentin, and in the middle is the soft inner part of the tooth – called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerve tissue.
A root canal may be necessary when the pulp becomes infected. If left untreated, this type of infection could lead to the formation of a painful abscess – or even tooth loss.
To treat this issue, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and damaged nerve completely. He carefully disinfects and cleans the empty cavity that is left inside the tooth. That cavity must be filled and sealed to restore the structural integrity of the tooth, so a rubber dental material will be used to fill it.
To complete the procedure, your tooth will be finished using either a filling or a crown, depending on your circumstance. With a practiced hand, your dentist will use the filling or crown to make your tooth look beautiful again. A root canal restores both aesthetic quality and function to your tooth.
Signs and Symptoms That May Indicate Need for a Root Canal
There are many varying symptoms associated with the possible need for a root canal. Symptoms can range from pronounced swelling of the neck and face to absolutely no symptoms at all! Other signs of tooth infection could include:
- A recurring pimple on the gum line
- Throbbing pain
- Discoloration of the tooth
Symptoms like these may be a result of injury to the tooth, advanced decay, or infection and should be immediately checked out by a dentist.
If you suspect that you may have an infected tooth, it’s important to schedule a consultation with one of our Maine Family Dental Practice dentists because only a dentist can accurately diagnose the need for a root canal procedure. Bangor dentist Dr. Buxton will be able to see signs and symptoms of infection that you might not be aware of.
Call Our Bangor Dental Office Today!
Root canal therapy might be just the thing to get you feeling better, and it may be the best way to save your natural tooth. Call us at 207-947-1166 today to schedule a consultation with one of our gentle and experienced dentist Dr. Travis Buxton.