Dr. Mark Tall offers advanced techniques in root canal therapy at our office in Idaho Falls, ID, to safely and comfortably remove infected tooth pulp that is causing pain. Root canal treatment allows Dr. Tall to save your tooth by restoring it to health instead of extracting it. Dr. Tall has extensive experience in root canal therapy and he makes every effort to ensure the treatment is comfortable for our patients.
The root canals and the inside of a tooth contain pulp, which is a soft tissue made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the tooth is in the development stage, the pulp helps to grow the root of the tooth. However, once the tooth is fully grown, it no longer needs the pulp because it gains nourishment from the surrounding tissue. Sometimes, the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to trauma or decay. Root canal therapy can eliminate the infection by removing the pulp instead of removing the tooth. Without this procedure, the tooth will likely continue to cause pain, and it could develop an abscess.
It is a popular myth that root canal therapy is painful. In truth, the infected root canal is the cause of the pain.
Trauma, such as a cracked tooth or a deep cavity, can lead to tooth infection. This can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
It is a popular myth that root canal therapy is painful. In truth, the infected root canal is the cause of the pain. The treatment itself is relatively painless. Dr. Tall uses local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gums to minimize discomfort. Once the tooth is numbed, he will create an opening in the tooth.
He can then remove the infected inner tissues. Once the tooth has been disinfected, Dr. Tall will fill the inside of the tooth, including the root canals, with a rubber-like substitute material to preserve the entire structure of the tooth. The hole that was created to access the tooth is then filled, and the entire tooth is covered with a dental crown to strengthen and protect it.
Traditionally, root canal treatment took at least two appointments to complete. Now, thanks to our CEREC® technology, we can typically eliminate the infection and crown the tooth in the same visit. After root canal therapy has concluded, Dr. Tall will take digital images of the tooth. Then, using the CEREC 3D software, he will design the crown. The design is sent to our in-office milling unit, which will carve your new crown from a solid block of ceramic. The shade of the ceramic will match your surrounding teeth, making the new crown virtually invisible. Once the crown is complete, Dr. Tall will cement it in place.
It can take a while for the numbness in your teeth and gums to wear off. Additionally, you may experience some minor sensitivity for a day or two following treatment. It can take some time to adjust to your permanent crown. Within a few days, however, it should feel just like the rest of your natural teeth.
If you are experiencing any tooth pain or sensitivity, do not delay treatment. You may just need a dental filling, but if you need root canal therapy, we can provide effective and comfortable treatment. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.