When is root canal therapy needed?

Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. When the dental pulp becomes diseased or infected, Dr. Lockwood may recommend a root canal in Kenai, Alaska. Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentists will remove the infected dental pulp, clean the tooth, and seal the tooth. The following are signs that root canal therapy is needed:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling and pain in the gums
  • A pimple on the gums that will not go away

How is root canal therapy performed?

Our dentist will take an X-ray to examine the shape of your root canals and to check for infection in the surrounding bone. An access hole is made in the tooth. Dr. Lockwood will remove the infected pulp, bacteria, and debris through this hole. Root canal files are used to clean out your tooth all the way down the root. Our dentist will then seal your tooth using a sealer paste and a rubber compound. The access hole is closed with a dental filling.
 

 
Please contact Kenai Dental Clinic today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.