Root Canal Therapy – Indianapolis, IN
Getting to the Root of the Problem
Pain that stems from the inside of a tooth can be more than just an annoyance. Instead, it can be a serious problem that poses a threat to your oral and overall health. Because the innermost layer of a tooth is highly sensitive, the pulp as it is known must be properly protected. When faced with an infection or damage to this area, there is only one solution that is capable of addressing the issue – root canal therapy in Indianapolis. Call our office today so that we can get to the root of the problem.
Why Choose Indy Dental Group for Root Canal Therapy?
- Nitrous Oxide Available
- Dental Insurance Welcome
- Advanced Dental Technology Used In-House
Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Knowing whether you need a root canal or not is only determined once you meet with your dentist. It is during this visit that our team at Indy Dental Group will survey the severity of the problem and decide if this extensive procedure is appropriate for your needs.
If you have any of the following issues, however, there is a good chance you will be recommended for root canal therapy:
- Tooth pain throughout your face, bone, jaw, or nearby teeth
- Increasing tooth sensitivity
- Loose tooth
- Damaged tooth (chipped or cracked)
- Difficulty eating or biting down
- Inflamed gums
- Discolored tooth as a result of injury to the pulp
The Root Canal Process
The process of undergoing a root canal involves several steps. Our team of experts will begin by administering local anesthesia so that you feel no pain or pressure throughout the procedure. If necessary, you can also request sedation, which we can provide in the form of nitrous oxide.
Our team will then place a dental dam so that the tooth in question is isolated. After creating an opening in the crown of the tooth, we will begin to clear away all decayed or damaged parts of the tooth, including the pulp. We will need to flush out nearby canals as well.
Once the tooth is cleaned, we will rinse it out to ensure no debris is left behind. We will then fill it with a substance known as gutta-percha before sealing the tooth and preparing it for a customized dental crown that will sit on top to offer maximum protection to the structure while it heals and strengthens over time.
The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal
Although there is the misconception that root canals are painful procedures that cause more discomfort, they are actually one of the most beneficial because of how they work to alleviate pain. Removing the infected or damaged pulp, the source of the pain, allows patients to achieve relief.
Other unique benefits of root canal therapy include:
- The ability to keep your natural tooth in place instead of extracting it and turning to replacement options (i.e., dental bridge, denture, or dental implant)
- A more cost-effective option because you only need a dental crown instead of paying to have the tooth removed and replaced
- A high success rate that allows you to enjoy a healthier, pain-free smile