Maintain Your Natural Smile with Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can save an infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction and costly restorative care. Dr. Ron L. Shiver aims to make your treatment as comfortable as possible, offering multiple sedation options for a virtually painless procedure. Patients exhibiting symptoms of a dental infection should not delay seeking treatment, as the infection could spread, putting their overall health at risk. If you are experiencing pain in your tooth or other symptoms of an infection, contact our dental practice in Valdosta, GA, as soon as possible. You can also call us at (229) 247-0923.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Often referred to simply as a root canal, root canal therapy is a procedure used to eliminate infection from the inner portion of a tooth. This treatment is recommended whenever possible since saving the patient's natural tooth is always preferable. Any delays in treatment could lead to a spread of the infection and could also result in the need for a tooth extraction.

Root canal therapy can save an infected tooth and prevent the need for a costly tooth extraction.
 

Signs You May Have an Infected Tooth

An infected tooth is most often the result of bacteria that entered the pulp, or center, of the tooth either through damage such as a crack, or through a cavity. Signs of dental infection you should be aware of include:

  • Pain while chewing or when placing pressure on the tooth
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, which may linger even after the food or drink that caused the pain has been removed
  • Discoloration in the affected tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums surrounding a particular tooth

Unfortunately, an infection does not always present patients with clear symptoms, which makes regular dental exams critical to preserving your oral health. 

What to Expect During the Procedure 

Most patients worry that root canal therapy will be painful. Dr. Shiver offers sedation and anesthetic so that patients can remain comfortable during the entire procedure. Depending on your medical history and individual needs, he may recommend either inhaled sedation (nitrous oxide) or an oral sedative.

Once patients are numbed and relaxed, Dr. Shiver will remove the infected pulp and tissues from the center of the tooth and the root canals. After disinfecting the tooth, he will fill the root canals with a permanent, artificial material. The tooth is then sealed with a filling. He will take impressions of the tooth to create a permanent dental crown. Until your custom crown is ready, you will have a temporary restoration attached to protect your tooth. Once your permanent crown is ready, he will remove the temporary and cement the custom restoration in place.

Illustration of before and after root canal therapy

To complete the root canal procedure, a dental crown is placed to protect and strengthen the tooth.

Treatment Benefits

Root canal therapy at Dr. Shiver's office offers patients several benefits, including:

  • A painless procedure, thanks to Dr. Shiver’s skills and our use of anesthetic and sedation
  • Prevent the spread of infection to other teeth and also keep harmful bacteria from entering the blood stream
  • Preserve the natural tooth and avoid extraction, which would require costly restorative dentistry procedures

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing any pain in a particular tooth it is critical, both for your oral and overall health, that you contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible. You can reach us using our online form or call (229) 247-0923.

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