Root Canal Treatment Philadelphia
Root Canal Therapy
The word, Endodontics, comes from the Greek, meaning inside (endo) the tooth (dontia). Endodontic therapy treats the inside of your tooth. Your tooth is made up of several different layers:
- Enamel - The white outer layer of the tooth
- Dentin - The next hard inner layer of the tooth
- Pulp – The innermost soft layer of the tooth
The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves that originally helped your tooth to form. Endodontic treatment is needed when the pulp becomes infected. This may be caused by tooth decay, a cracked tooth, an abscessed tooth, or trauma to the tooth.
Signs and Symptoms
You may need a root canal if one or more of the following symptoms are present:
- Tooth pain or tooth ache
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and the tenderness of the surrounding gums
- No symptoms – through dental X-rays, your general dentist may see the need for a root canal before any symptoms
- Previously failed root canal
Our Office Only Specializes in Endodontic Services
The following are some frequently asked questions we often hear, concerning a root canal at our Philadelphia practice:
- What is an endodontist? – An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal therapy and endodontic surgery. To become an endodontic specialist, one must complete dental school plus an additional two or more years of advanced training in endodontics.
- Will the procedure be painful? – Discomfort is unusual during treatment because of anesthesia. If the tooth is infected, additional medications and antibiotics may be necessary to bring the infection under control. We will do everything possible to return your tooth to a comfortable state.
- How does a root canal save my tooth? – Our endodontists will remove the inflamed pulp by cleaning and shaping the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then filled with a dental material called “gutta-percha”. A temporary filling is placed to seal the tooth which your general dentist will remove to position a permanent restoration.
- What happens after my root canal? – After completion of your root canal treatment, you will need to return to your general dentist to have a permanent restoration placed. This will seal the tooth from any further trauma or decay.
- Why should I get a root canal instead of an extraction? – A root canal will save your tooth. Once your tooth is properly treated and restored, it can be retained as long as any other tooth. If a tooth is extracted, a bridge or implant must be put in its place in order for the surrounding teeth to stay in place. The extraction plus placement of said appliances are far more costly than a root canal.
Contact Us Today
Since we only specialize in endodontics, you can be sure you are getting the best possible care for your root canal. We have built a strong reputation helping those in need of dental pain relief. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Eric Hodges, if you believe you may be a candidate for a root canal at our Philadelphia practice. The faster you contact us, the faster we can help alleviate your dental pain.