Columbus Family Dental Center

Root Canals
Root Canals

Treatment for an infected tooth root.

Root canals are necessary when a cavity that has been left untreated becomes larger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This abscess is generally painful and will need to be removed.

Serious tooth decay can result in the need for root canal treatment. A root canal may be needed if the decay has reached the tooth's nerve. Essentially, a root canal involves cleaning out a tooth's infected root, then filling and sealing the canal.

Signs that you may need a root canal

Tooth pain or jaw pain especially a throbbing pain that may change with head angle or body motion. The pain may modulate with various bite pressures and or food temperature. The pain could be continuous or spike and fade.

Gum tenderness or swelling in the area near the tooth is a key symptom and usually means that root canal treatment is needed. Swelling can range from minor tenderness to acute pain extending to the face or neck. Symptoms can vary day-to-day or become continual and persistent.

If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you may need a root canal. The only sure way to know is to call our Columbus, IN dental office at (812) 373-9912 and setup an appointment with Dr. Bracken.

Root Canal Procedure:

1) An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.

2) The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.

3) The infected area is medicated.

4) The root canals are filled.

5) The crown opening is filled with a temporary.


Post and Crown

When there is not enough tooth structure remaining after trauma, decay or a root canal procedure, a post and crown will be utilized to restore the tooth to full form and function. A crown buildup is either composed of a bonded composite material or possibly an amalgam material. If a crown is placed on an unstable tooth foundation, there is a higher risk of having that crown fail. When the tooth has lost significant structure, a buildup is necessary in order to provide proper support of the new crown and to bring the tooth back to full function.am material. If a crown is placed on an unstable tooth foundation, you will have a higher risk of having that crown fail. When the tooth has lost significant structure, then a buildup is necessary in order to provide proper support of the new crown and to bring the tooth back to full function.

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