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Toothaches Can Spell Trouble

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it can be difficult to chew, concentrate, and even sleep at night. While over-the-counter medication may provide some relief, it typically isn’t adequate. Tooth pain can be caused by dental decay, a cracked tooth, or an infection. Regardless of the cause, if you’re experiencing ongoing tooth pain, we recommend endodontics in Coventry, RI to resolve it. Our dentists are experts at diagnosing tooth pain, performing root canal therapy, and other procedures related to the interior of the tooth. We have top-rated dentists that provides tooth-saving treatment in the comfort of our modern, warm, and welcoming practice so you can get the care you need right here.

Tooth pain can be caused by dental decay, a cracked tooth, or an infection.

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Endodontics Remedy Deep Dental Issues

Our highly skilled dentists see patients weekly for endodontic treatments, including root canals in Coventry, RI. Inside your tooth directly below the dentin is the pulp that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp chamber inside the root canal travels down the length of the root to the tip (or apex). The pulp is responsible for creating surrounding hard tooth tissue during the development of the tooth. After a tooth is fully developed the pulp isn’t needed, however, it can become inflamed and infected. When that happens, you may experience severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and swollen or tender gums. While the myth persists that root canals are painful, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The majority of cases can be treated quickly and comfortably and sedation is available to alleviate anxiety. We also accept most insurance plans and offer financing to eliminate financial worries you may have about receiving endodontics in Coventry, RI.

Pain-Relieving Endodontic Treatments

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Root Canal Therapy

The number of root canals in a tooth varies from one to four but generally only one per tooth requires treatment. During a root canal in Coventry, RI, our detnist removes the inflamed or infected pulp from the affected canal in your tooth. Then the canal is disinfected and cleaned before being filled and sealed with a hardening material called gutta-percha. Sealing the tooth prevents bacteria from entering the chamber and root canal. If you had a root canal in a molar or premolar, a crown is required because treatment weakens the outer tooth and these teeth bear the brunt of work every time you chew. The crown protects the tooth from crumbling and restores it to full function. Front teeth, canines, and incisors may not require a crown, but we’ll determine that and let you know. Research has found that treated teeth with dental crowns have six times the survival rate of teeth without.

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Apicoectomy

While most root canals are successful, sometimes residual infection develops at the tooth root. This can occur due to new or recurrent decay, previously undetected canals branching from the primary canal at the root end of the tooth, or narrowing and hardening of canals. An apicoectomy involves removing the tip of the tooth root to prevent further damage or extraction. The area is thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia, then a small incision is made through your gum tissue at the level of the affected root. Once the root tip and any adjacent inflamed or infected tissue are removed, a small filling is placed at the end of the root canal to seal it and prevent further infection. Afterward, a few sutures are made to ensure your gum tissue heals properly.

Endodontic Retreatment

If your tooth failed to heal or new complications arise after a root canal, endodontic retreatment provides a second chance at saving the tooth. The procedure is nearly identical to the original root canal except for the removal of restorative material. After the dentist removes the dental crown and filling material, a careful examination is done to determine if any additional canals or unusual anatomy require treatment. After cleaning the canals, the dentist fills and seals the canals and places a temporary filling in the tooth. If the canals are unusually narrow or blocked, endodontic surgery may be recommended. If the treatment is successful, you’ll need to make an appointment with us to have a new crown created to protect the tooth.

Benefits of Endodontic Therapy

After your endodontic procedure at Eric George DMD & Associates is complete, you’ll be given the necessary instructions to ensure your recovery is safe and speedy. Resolving the root issue of your tooth pain will enable you to resume a comfortable and functional life. The benefits of endodontic treatment include:

You deserve a happy and pain-free smile!

Restore it by scheduling an appointment with our dentist in Coventry, RI.

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