Root Canal Therapy in Mechanicsburg, PA

For many people, just hearing the words root canal from their dentist is enough to send them into a state of panic. But, in reality, modern root canal therapy is all about eliminating the pain caused by infection and inflammation inside the tooth. And, with modern anesthesia, most patients report that having a root canal treatment performed is no more painful than having a regular cavity filled.

Do you have a question about treating a root canal in Mechanicsburg, PA? Call Agate Dental today!

How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

The goal of root canal therapy is to remove infected tissue from the root canal and pulp chamber to save and restore the tooth. When root canal therapy is performed, a small hole is drilled into the biting (occlusal) surface of the tooth. A series of instruments are then used to remove the infected tissue. The void left behind is then filled with a biocompatible material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is then sealed and, in most cases, a temporary crown is placed. On your follow-up appointment, a permanent crown will be placed on the tooth. This restoration is expertly crafted and tinted to match and complement the shade and shape of the surrounding teeth. Most root canal therapy procedures can be completed in less than an hour. 

If the cause of your tooth infection is from trauma, or we determine that an apicoectomy needs to be performed (this involves placing a filling at the root of the tooth), we may refer you to an endodontist.

Root Canal Therapy in Mechanicsburg, PA - Agate Dental
Root Canal Therapy in Mechanicsburg, PA - Agate Dental

When is a Root Canal Treatment Needed?

Unlike other types of infections, infections of the inner tooth do not resolve themselves on their own. Therefore, a root canal treatment may be necessary if you experience dental trauma, or a cavity has progressed to the point where it has infected the inner pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth. 

Some signs you may need a root canal treatment include:

• Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks

• Swelling in the face and neck areas

• Severe toothache 

• Fever

It’s important to remember that these are just some common symptoms that indicate an infection in the pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth. Not all patients may experience these symptoms.

Experiencing Tooth Pain? Let’s Talk!

Losing sleep over a toothache? Call Agate Dental in Mechanicsburg for an evaluation. Let’s get your oral health back on track!

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