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Endodontic Treatment in Springfield

When tooth decay or damage is too severe for a regular filling, endodontic treatment -- more commonly called root canal therapy -- is necessary. It may have the reputation of being a thing to dread, but it’s actually the pain leading up to the root canal that hurts. The procedure itself is nothing to fear. Dr. Scott Olson provides quality endodontic treatment at Olson Family Dental.

When Endodontic Treatment Is Necessary

Root canal therapy is required when infection reaches the tooth’s pulp, often referred to as its “nerve.” The interior of the tooth is filled with small nerves, and diseased pulp usually results in serious pain. It’s difficult to ignore the need for endodontic treatment. The indicators of an infected nerve include…

  • Chronic tooth pain or ache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Dark or black tooth
  • A pimple-like bump on the gum below the tooth
  • Swollen, red, tender gum

Seek dental attention at the first sign of tooth pain. Getting cavities filled early prevents the need for root canal therapy and tooth extraction.

What to Expect from Endodontic Treatment

Root canal therapy is completed over two to three visits to Dr. Olson’s office. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of the infection. Sometimes, root canal therapy is completed in just one visit to the dentist.

The treatment begins by administering local anesthesia to ensure comfort at the treatment site. Sedation dentistry is also available for calming jittery nerves. Once you are completely comfortable, your dentist will access the inside of the tooth by drilling a small hole in the back of front teeth or the chewing surface of back teeth. Then, using special tools, the infected tissue is thoroughly removed from the tooth’s interior. Once the inside of the tooth is clean, the root canals are measured and reshaped. A biocompatible material known as gutta percha fills the inside of the tooth.

After gutta percha has been placed, a temporary filling is placed and the first phase of treatment is complete. Take care of the temporary in the time between appointments -- chew on the other side of your mouth and avoid hard, sticky, crunchy foods altogether.

During the time between appointments, the tooth is allowed to heal. Sometimes antibiotic treatment is prescribed to fully heal the infection. The permanent crown is placed in one or two follow-up appointments.

Root Canal Aftercare

Root canal therapy is oral surgery, and you will experience the side effects associated with any procedure. Plan to take it easy in the days following your root canal. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication to help you recover as comfortably as possible. Maintain a soft foods diet, monitor the treatment area, and after several days you should notice significant improvement. Contact your dentist if symptoms worsen or do not improve.

Seek Endodontic Treatment Today

If you are experiencing serious tooth pain, don’t put off your dental care for another day. Request an appointment with Olson Family Dental and have the problem repaired before extraction is necessary. We are happy to provide endodontic treatment alongside a full list of restorative dental treatments.