Root Canals Specialist

Marmalade Dentistry -  - General Dentist

Marmalade Dentistry

General Dentists located in Salt Lake City, UT

If you have a tooth that’s badly decayed or infected, a root canal may be the best option to save your tooth. At Marmalade Dentistry, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the highly experienced staff have the goal of saving your natural teeth whenever possible. They can perform a root canal and provide anesthesia to help you have a painless experience. For questions regarding root canals, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

A root canal is a treatment that can help save your tooth after you’ve developed an infection of dental abscess that’s infiltrated the inside of your tooth. The pulp chamber is the hollow space in your tooth, and it can become inflamed or infected because of:

  • Trauma to your face
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Extreme tooth decay
  • Multiple procedures on the same tooth

While there are a variety of ways the inside of your tooth might have been infected, the best part is knowing root canals have a very high success rate of saving your tooth so you prevent further dental complications from occurring later on such as bite problems or loss of your jaw bone volume.

What are the signs and symptoms of needing a root canal?

If you’re experiencing one of the following symptoms, it’s important you come into Marmalade Dentistry to have a consultation:

  • Swelling or tenderness of gums
  • Tooth darkening
  • Recurring pimples on your gums
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth pain when you chew

What’s the process of having a root canal done?

The first step in having a root canal is for the provider to numb your tooth and the surrounding areas to make sure you’re comfortable and pain free. After the anesthesia takes effect, the provider drills a tiny hole in your infected tooth to access the bacteria-filled fluid. He carefully removes all the diseased tissue and disinfects your entire tooth, including the root.

After the provider thoroughly cleans the inside of your tooth, he fills your pulp chamber with biocompatible material and places a restorative filling in the tooth. To finish, he places a crown on your tooth making sure your tooth looks natural and functions well. Your whole treatment time should be between one and two hours.

What happens after the root canal treatment?

After your root canal, you’ll be able to return to your normal activities on the following day. The team at Marmalade Dentistry recommends you minimize your chewing on your root canal tooth to avoid contaminating it again or breaking it prior to fully healing.

You may experience sensitivity or minor pain on your tooth, yet these symptoms should subside within two to three days.

To experience a painless root canal and avoid losing your tooth, call Marmalade Dentistry today or schedule your appointment online.