If you are suffering from a large crack in your tooth, a cavity, severe oral pain, or a dental abscess, Dr. Goetz might recommend gentle root canal therapy to help save the tooth. While the idea of receiving a root canal might seem less than optimal, our advanced techniques and technologies allow us to perform this procedure quickly and efficiently.
If you are at all nervous, we offer a range of safe sedation options to help you relax during root canal therapy. Some people even fall asleep during their root canal!
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures, performed well over 14 million times each year in the United States alone. This treatment is designed to help save your natural teeth and to keep you from needing dental implants or bridges.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Goetz removes the living tissue inside your tooth, including the nerves, and excises any bacteria or decay. After this step is completed, he cleans out the chamber, treats it with a medicated material, and then fills it.
This treatment is designed to restore the previously damaged tooth to its full function and usually lasts a lifetime. Once your root canal therapy is completed, Dr. Goetz will fit you with a crown to protect the area.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Dr. Goetz may recommend a root canal if you’re experiencing:
- Swelling and tenderness of your gums
- Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
- An abscess on your gums
- Sharp pain when biting down or chewing
These signs can indicate that decay has reached the pulp of your tooth, resulting in infection or an abscess inside the tooth or at the root.
Schedule Your Appointment With Smiles of Aurora Today
Dental abscesses, cracked teeth, and large cavities cannot heal themselves. If you’re experiencing dental pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Goetz as soon as possible.
Our expert dental team is here to answer all of your questions and determine if root canal therapy is right for you!