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Root Canal Therapy – Worthington, PA

Save Your Smile with a Root Canal

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Do you have a troublesome tooth causing you pain? You might be tempted to have it removed to solve the problem. Although this seems like a simple solution, you will be left with a missing tooth which creates an entirely new set of challenges. Dr. Lawrence J. Adam can save your tooth and stop your pain with root canal therapy. You have probably heard about their painful reputation, but you have nothing to fear. Now, root canals in Worthington are no worse than a traditional filling.

How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

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Root canals are among the most commonly performed restorative treatments because they are effective for saving a damaged tooth from needing to be removed. Although they are routinely used, they are only recommended when there are no other viable treatments to prevent extraction.

There are some clear indicators a root canal may be in your future, such as:

  • Darkening of the tooth.
  • Lingering pain or sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
  • Pain when placing pressure on the tooth.
  • Swollen or tender gums near a tooth.
  • Pimple-like bump appearing on the gums near the tooth.

Even if you have one or more of these symptoms that does not mean you need a root canal. Dr. Adam performs a complete examination to ensure the treatment is in your best interest.

How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

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Now, new advancements in dentistry allow root canals to have over a 95% success rate when performed by a qualified dentist in Worthington, like Dr. Adam. During your initial consultation, he takes digital images to view the entire structure of your tooth to create a customized treatment plan.

New methods and techniques now make root canals virtually pain-free. Dr. Adam uses an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. He uses special dental tools to remove areas of decay and to extract the inner layer of your tooth, called the pulp. He sterilizes your tooth before sealing it with a special material called gutta-percha. Now, your tooth’s health is restored, allowing it to stay in place for several years with the right aftercare.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

dental crown

After your root canal, you need a dental crown. This is a custom-made cap placed over the entire visible surface of your tooth. It provides an added layer of protection while also reinstating the function and appearance of your tooth.

Dr. Adam takes a digital impression of your tooth to get the exact measurements he needs to customize your restoration. It is designed to meet your exact size, shape, and color needs in a dental lab. This can take a couple of weeks to ensure it is accurate, so Dr. Adam attaches a temporary crown while you wait. After your final crown is sent back to our office, you return to have it bonded to your tooth. Your crown can last an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Save Your Smile Today!

Dr. Adam can save your damaged tooth with a root canal. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.