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Root Canal Therapy – Waterford, PA

Getting Rid of Your Infection and Your Pain

Ignoring a toothache can be a dangerous mistake. The pain could be a symptom of an infection that needs to be treated as soon as possible or else the damage it causes could lead to tooth loss and other potentially severe health issues. Make an appointment at Summit Family Dentistry right away if your toothache is severe or doesn’t go away after a couple of days; we might need to perform root canal therapy so that you can keep all of your pearly whites.

Who Is a Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?


Root canal therapy is performed when oral bacteria enter your tooth and infect the pulp. The pulp is the part of the tooth that contains all the nerves, which is why it hurts. Getting rid of the pulp will stop the infection from spreading any further or causing irreparable damage to the rest of the tooth. The sooner the procedure is performed, the better it will be for your smile.

You might have a tooth infection if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Severe or persistent pain in your tooth or jaw
  • Swelling around the affected tooth or on your face, neck or head
  • Teeth that are suddenly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
  • Blisters on your gums
  • Tooth discoloration

How the Procedure Works

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After preparing the area around the tooth as needed, a hole in the enamel is made. We can then take out the pulp as well as any decayed nerve tissue and related debris. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned using a series of root canal files. Once the procedures done, the access hole is resealed. Usually a crown is needed to protect the tooth afterwards; this is especially true if it’s near the back of your mouth.

Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after root canal therapy. Take pain medication and antibiotics as directed and avoid eating hard foods for a few days.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

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Whenever saving the tooth from infection is possible, we will always recommend root canal therapy over an extraction for the following reasons:

  • A full set of teeth is necessary to maintain the natural structure of your mouth. When there’s empty space, your other teeth might drift and cause your bite to collapse, creating chewing difficulties.
  • By saving your tooth, you can avoid needing to pay for a restoration such as a dental bridge or implant to replace it.
  • Despite what many people believe, root canal therapy is less painful than a tooth extraction.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

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You might have heard that root canal therapy is one of the most painful dental procedures you can have, but a dentist in Waterford can tell you that’s a myth. Anesthesia is used to numb the area around the tooth; thanks to modern tools and techniques, you’ll experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. Any discomfort you experience during recovery can be easily controlled.