OUR DENTIST CAN TREAT
Extreme pain, inflammation, or swelling in or around a tooth often leads patients to our office for root canal treatment. Our goal is to relieve the pain and inflammation. Whenever possible, we try to save the tooth because a natural tooth is ideal for biting and chewing. To save the tooth, we may have to perform an endodontic treatment. Dr. Douglas Smith, DDS has performed countless successful root canals in our Logan, UT, dental clinic. Our dentist and dental staff would be happy to speak with you about the procedure if you have questions or concerns.
Deep decay, a crack, chip, or other injury may cause the pulp of a tooth to become inflamed or infected, leading to severe pain, or even an abscess. After determining that you need a root canal to save your tooth, Dr. Smith will clean the pulp out from inside the tooth, pack it with medication to clear bacteria or infection, and place a temporary crown over it. Once he has determined that your tooth is infection-free, Dr. Smith will add a permanent crown over the tooth, and you will be able to use it as normal.
While most teeth can be saved, we occasionally run into situations where a root canal isn’t an option. This may be due to the canals of the tooth’s root being inaccessible, poor bone structure in the jaw, or a root fractured beyond repair. In these cases, endodontic surgery may be necessary, or the tooth may have to be removed and replaced with something like a bridge or dental implant.
While no one likes to hear they need a root canal, most patients are pleasantly surprised that the procedure is not as agonizing as legend has purported it to be. Clients typically experience immediate relief from their pain and report quick and full recoveries.
While no one likes to hear they need a root canal, most patients are pleasantly surprised that the procedure is not as agonizing as they’ve been led to believe. You should feel little to no pain during the root canal procedure because we use local anesthesia to numb the area. Our clients typically experience immediate relief from their pain and report quick and full recoveries.
Several different symptoms can lead you to get a root canal. If you experience any of the following, you may need a root canal, especially if you have these symptoms for prolonged periods. Talk with your dentist as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.
Tooth pain, especially when you touch the tooth
Discolored gums or teeth
Chipped or cracked teeth
Tender or swollen gums
Hot and cold sensitivity
Abscesses, or bumps on your gum
Though our team is happy to help you with a root canal, we know you’d rather not have a root canal at all. You can prevent a root canal by following these dental hygiene rules:
Brush your teeth twice a day
Use a toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride
Floss at least once a day
Limit your sugary food intake. After eating something sugary, rinse your mouth and brush your teeth if possible
While many other family dentists in the area will send you to a separate dentist for a root canal, Dr. Douglas F. Smith can perform your root canal procedure in our office. You don’t have to work with a dentist you’ve never met before, so you can feel much more comfortable and relaxed during your root canal. Additionally, since we can take care of both your root canal and preventative dental needs, we’ll check on your root canal at your regular cleanings to ensure that everything is as it should be.
For all your dental needs, work with our friendly staff at the dental office of Dr. Smith. We work together to provide you with the best dental care and results in the Logan area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with us.