Relieve pain and save your teeth with root canal treatment
Root canal treatment provides an alternative to tooth removal when decay and infection have compromised the integrity of your pulp chamber. If you need root canal therapy in Noblesville, Indiana, you are one of several patients treated yearly. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists, about 15 million root canals are done annually, translating to 41,000 procedures per day! So, a root canal is a pretty standard treatment, and you have nothing to fear when Dr. Robert Holloway recommends it.
The signs of a root canal
When tooth pain knocks on your door, it’s a reminder that your teeth aren’t just hard pieces of enamel attached to your gums. Your teeth are intricately formed parts with layers encasing a delicate core. Once your tooth’s core — containing nerves, blood vessels, and other connective tissues — is infected, only a root canal will save your tooth from extraction.
How can you tell you need a root canal? While only a dentist can determine you need root canal treatment, there are signs you can watch out for to signal you need treatment.
- Pimples on the gums
- Excruciating toothache
- Swollen gums
- Darkening gums
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
The root canal procedure
Unlike popular misconceptions, root canal therapy isn’t as painful as you may have heard. With modern anesthetics and light touch techniques, a root canal is no more painful than a cavity filling. The procedure starts with examining your tooth using digital x-rays. The objective is to determine the extent of infection to your tooth and the surrounding bone.
Under anesthesia, we make a tiny hole at the top of your tooth to access your tooth internals. Then, we remove your pulp chamber and all its contents and clean your tooth thoroughly to eliminate all harmful bacteria. After a thorough cleaning, we fill your tooth with gutta-percha to seal out future infections.
Finally, we install a temporary filling to strengthen it. However, if your tooth is significantly weakened, we use a natural-looking dental crown to restore it.
Root canal therapy in and around Noblesville, Indiana
Suspecting you have an infected tooth? Root canal therapy in Noblesville, IN, can save your tooth from removal. To benefit, please dial (317) 672-0950 to book an appointment with Robert L. Holloway, DDS.