About Root Canal Treatment
When tooth decay is identified early enough, it can generally be addressed with a dental crown or filling. However, if the decay spreads deeper into the tooth and bacteria infect the inner portion (pulp), a root canal will likely be needed. A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment that can restore health to the tooth and keep the infection from causing further damage in the mouth or jaw. At Byers Station Dental, our skilled general dentists perform root canal treatment to remove infected pulp tissue and strengthen teeth from within. If you think you could benefit from root canal therapy, please call Byers Station Dental in Chester Springs, PA to set up a consultation. Our dentists are trained in endodontics and take special measures to ensure patient comfort during treatment.
Is a Root Canal Right for You?
Internally damaged or infected teeth may be the result of a large cavity, a deep crack, or physical trauma to a tooth. Without timely and professional care in these cases, the tooth may end up requiring extraction. You may need root canal treatment if you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Jaw or tooth pain
- Pressure or swelling in the jaw
- A pimple-like blister on the gums
- Temperature sensitivity
- Discomfort when eating
- Darkening of the tooth enamel
What Is the Treatment Process?
Before the treatment, our dentists will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. We do not want you to feel anxious, nervous, or fearful during your visit at Byers Station Dental and can provide nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel at ease. After thoroughly numbing the tooth and surrounding area, our dentists will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and carefully extract the affected pulp. From there, the inside of the empty chamber will be carefully sterilized to eliminate decay and bacteria. Once it is cleaned, the tooth will be filled with a special material sealed with a sedative filling to initiate the healing process.
Recovery Following Endodontic Treatment
Over the next few days, any tooth pain or symptoms you were experiencing before the root canal should start to subside. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended to help enhance your comfort as you heal. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to treat any infection. We will help you schedule a follow-up visit at our Chester Springs, PA facility so our dentists can evaluate the condition of your tooth as it recovers. Since root canal-treated teeth tend to be at higher risk for breakage, a dental crown may also be recommended to protect and strengthen your tooth.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
Endodontic treatments, like root canal therapy, may be covered in part by dental insurance. To understand your individual plan and benefits, our business team will contact your provider. We will talk with you about any estimated out-of-pocket costs and explain the convenient payment options accepted at Byers Station Dental. We strive to make high-quality care affordable and accessible so you and your family can experience healthy, happy smiles.
Regain Oral Health With Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are routine procedures performed to treat damaged, abscessed, or infected teeth and return health and wellness to your smile. Our dentists are pleased to offer personalized and gentle root canal care to help save infected teeth from requiring extraction. Reach out to Byers Station Dental in Chester Springs, PA today to arrange a consultation and learn more about how endodontic therapy can improve your oral health.