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Non Surgical Root Canal

root canal procedureRoot canal therapy is commonly performed to save your tooth by removing the diseased nerve chamber and replacing it with a sterile filling material.

Dr Faist performs many root canals himself in just one visit.  More difficult root canals are referred out to an endodontist who can complete the procedure quicker and easier.

A non-surgical root canal is a process utilized by Dr. Faist to save a tooth that is extremely decayed or infected.

Approximately fourteen million root canals are performed each year.

The reason they are done so often is that a root canal is a method to help preserve the tooth and prevent the need for restorations such as dental implants or dental bridges.

But what exactly are the causes that require the need for a root canal?

Nerve and pulp, a collection of blood vessels, are at the center of your tooth. If damage or infection occurs in this area you may need a root canal. Damage or infection can be caused by an injury (trauma), deep tooth decay, cracks, fractures, and chips, or multiple dental procedures over the course of your lifetime. Signs of possibly needing a root canal include swelling or bleeding, sensitivity in the tooth, and pain in the tooth and gums.

A non-surgical root canal will help to reverse this pain and return comfort to your mouth. During the root canal procedure Dr. Faist will remove the pulp and nerve from the center of your tooth, fill it, and seal it. This process will alleviate the pain you were having and work to prevent having this type of pain happen again.

Unfortunately, root canals have a reputation of being extremely painful for patients. However, most patients who undergo this procedure say that the procedure is as easy and simple as having a filling replaced. The most painful part for patients is the time before the actual procedure is performed. Additionally, during your procedure, Dr. Faist will provide nitrous oxide or other forms of anesthetics in order to eliminate any pain or discomfort you may be having.

Some signs that indicate you may need a root canal include:

  • Pain when chewing or applying pressure to your teeth
  • Sensitivity that refuses to subside and aggravated by hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration in your tooth
  • Swelling and sensitivity in your gums

What is the difference between surgical and non-surgical root canals?

The difference between the two types of root canals is that non-surgical is much less invasive. You can think of non-surgical root canals as a deeper filling. Your tooth will be drilled into, the root canal will be accessed and cleaned, and finally the area will be filled using a composite filling or a crown.. During a surgical root canal there will be an incision in your gums so the canal can be accessed through the side. A surgical root canal is often performed when the source of the pain cannot be found through an x-ray and oral examination.

If you act quickly enough, and respond to the pain in a reasonable amount of time, you will be able to catch the infection or condition before it advances into a much more complicated situation. Addressing the problem early should allow you to have a non-surgical root canal procedure and quickly eliminate any pain and discomfort you may be having. You will also be in a more optimal situation to save your tooth and avoid having the need for a dental bridge or dental implant.