Protecting Your Smile by Preserving Your Teeth

Chips, cracks and extensive decay may compromise the structure of a tooth, causing infection or inflammation in the pulp (the inner portion of the tooth). That’s why we at Springfield Dental Group offer root canal therapy, using advanced rotary tools, the latest techniques and the benefit of Dr. David Scurria’s 30-year career in dentistry. We take a great deal of pride in helping our Springfield, OH patients achieve their best oral health.

When to Consider a Root Canal

Not only can an untreated dental infection cause pain and discomfort, it can also lead to more severe oral health issues if left unchecked – up to and including tooth loss. We work to detect infections as early as possible, precluding the need for more elaborate restorative services down the line.

Though discomfort and sensitivity are often catalysts for discovering dental infection, not every infection causes them, making regular dental checkups all the more important.

What to Expect from Your Root Canal

We’ll start out by administering a local anesthetic. Once it takes effect, we’ll access the pulp chamber of the tooth through a small opening we create in its surface.

We’ll then remove the damaged pulp and reshape the inner canals of the tooth to ready it for filling. After disinfecting the tooth roots, we’ll fill the pulp chamber with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, then seal it with a temporary filling. We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment, at which we can restore the tooth with a custom dental crown.

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Minimal Discomfort from Start to Finish

Nervousness about root canal treatments is understandable. After all, the procedure has been associated with pain in popular culture for decades now. But we at Springfield Dental Group understand that this treatment is meant to relieve pain, not create more of it. And thanks to advancements in endodontics, we can make the procedure almost entirely painless.

The modern rotary tools we use for root canals are engineered for precision. They are far more flexible than the unwieldy manual files most people picture when it comes to root canals, and they allow us to operate with much greater efficiency. When our patients experience any pain or discomfort after the treatment is over, it’s no worse than you could expect after a minor procedure such as a filling.

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If you need to talk about a dental infection or root canal procedure, contact us today to arrange an initial consultation

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