About Modern Root Canal Therapy
When detected early, tooth decay or damage is treated with a filling or other restorative option to help Plymouth and Kingston, MA patients reestablish oral health. But if the decay or damage expands past the enamel and infects the inner portion of the tooth (pulp), a root canal may be needed to avoid an extraction. Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure performed by skilled general dentist Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber to treat damaged or infected teeth. If you need root canal therapy, we understand that you might have reservations about this procedure. With modern treatment, however, a root canal is more comfortable than ever before and can help you save a severely damaged tooth. Our team caters to patient comfort and offers several sedation dentistry options to help you feel at ease during your visit. Please contact Plymouth Dental Group today for more information on root canal therapy and sedation methods.
Ideal Candidates for Root Canal Treatment
An infection that reaches the pulp of a tooth might be the result of a large cavity, deep crack in the tooth, or a physical injury. Common signs that you may have an infected tooth are jaw pain, a toothache, gum or facial swelling, a pimple-like bump on the gums, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, these symptoms may increase as the infection spreads into the jawbone. Receiving timely care is important for saving your tooth and overall health.
The Root Canal Process
During your consultation, Dr. Scheiber will talk with you about your sedation dentistry preferences, which can be combined with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your root canal procedure. He is very understanding of dental anxiety and phobias and will strive to help you make the best decision for your sedation needs. On the day of your treatment, Dr. Scheiber will numb the area and access the innermost part of your tooth to remove decayed pulp, nerve tissue, and damaged tooth structure. The empty pulp chamber and canals of the tooth roots will be thoroughly disinfected and a special material will be added to strengthen and restore function to the tooth. A sedative filling will be placed to seal and protect the tooth as it heals.
Recovery Following Treatment
Depending on the method of sedation that was used, you may need to have an adult take you home following your procedure. Your jaw may feel tender or swollen for a few days but these are normal symptoms and can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. Dr. Scheiber will let you know when to return for a follow-up visit so he can ensure the infection has been eliminated. Once your tooth fully heals, he will likely recommend placing a dental crown to preserve the delicate tooth structure and restore function to your smile.
Insurance Coverage for Endodontics
As common endodontic procedures, root canal procedures may be covered in part by a number of dental insurance plans. Plymouth Dental Group networks with several major providers and can help you maximize your benefits and coverage. We also accept several payment options and can assist you in applying for low-cost medical financing for any out-of-pocket treatment costs.
Save Infected or Damaged Teeth
Due to advancements in modern dentistry, root canals are performed more quickly and in greater comfort than in years past. Dr. Scheiber combines skilled root canal techniques with relaxing sedation dentistry options to help Plymouth and Kingston, PA patients get the care needed in comfort. If you have an infected tooth, toothache, or similar symptoms, schedule a visit with Plymouth Dental Group today and learn if a root canal can improve your dental health.