Rootstown Root Canal Therapy

Save Infected Teeth

Root Canal Therapy In Rootstown

If you have a toothache in Rootstown, your tooth may be infected and require immediate emergency care from Dr. Justin Yun. An infected tooth can cause a lot of pain and discomfort if it’s left untreated, and can eventually die. The best way to save your tooth is with a root canal from Dr. Justin Yun at Yunbelievable Smiles. Learn more below, or contact us now for an appointment.

diagram of a tooth that needs a root canal

Understanding The Basics

What Is A Root Canal?

A root canal is the best way to restore your smile if you have an infected tooth. Usually, a tooth infection happens when a serious cavity or a dental injury destroys the hard, outer layers of your tooth’s structure.

This exposes the vulnerable, nerve and blood vessel-filled “pulp” that keeps your tooth alive. When this pulp becomes infected, your tooth will begin to die. A root canal is used to prevent this, and restore your smile. 

In the root canal procedure, Dr. Yun will create an opening in your tooth, remove the infected and decayed material from within the tooth, then sanitize and fill the tooth with an inert material that replaces the missing pulp. Then, the tooth is restored and protected with a dental filling or crown. This eliminates the infection, and prevents further damage to your tooth.

Is Root Canal Therapy Right For Me?

Signs That You Need A Root Canal

The most common indicator of a tooth infection is a serious toothache that lasts 1-2 days or more. You may also notice that your tooth is more sensitive to heat and cold, and to the pressure of chewing. It may also feel sore and tender when you eat sugary foods, or the gum tissue near the affected tooth may be inflamed and swollen. 

If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure you come into our office right away. In addition, you should definitely seek emergency treatment if you develop a fever, or swelling in your face or mouth due to a tooth infection.

xray of a tooth showing painful roots

How It Works

The Root Canal Process

At our office, we perform root canals only on rear teeth (molars & premolars). To begin the process, Dr. Justin Yun will clean and numb your mouth. Once the treatment area is numb, he will use a dental drill to remove any decayed or damaged material from the tooth.

Then, Dr. Yun will create a small opening in the top of the tooth. Through this opening, he will remove any infected pulp and tooth tissue from the inside of your tooth. After this, he will flush and clean the tooth with disinfectant, and then fill it with a rubber-like substance called “gutta-percha,” which replaces the pulp and supports the strength of the tooth.

Finally, the tooth will be repaired using a dental filling or a dental crown, which will restore its shape and prevent further damage to the tooth.

What To Expect

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Root canal therapy does not hurt. Throughout the procedure, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort whatsoever, since your mouth will be completely numb. For a few days after your treatment, your tooth may feel a little bit tender or sore, but this should go away quickly.

If your tooth hurts a lot or continues to cause you pain for more than a week after your treatment, this is not normal. Contact Dr. Justin Yun for a follow-up appointment right away.

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