Root Canals in Butler, PA

According to the American Association of Endodontists, 15 million root canal procedures are carried out each year in the United States. Root canals are complex procedures that can help relieve pain from a damaged or infected tooth. Root Canals in Butler, PA Brockley Dental Center Mini Dental Implants

Brockley Dental Center offers root canals to residents of Butler, PA, and the Greater Pittsburgh area. Learn more about what root canals are and why you may need one.

What Is a Root Canal?

Bacteria can enter a tooth and cause an infection. To save the tooth, you may need a root canal. During this procedure, we remove the infected pulp and seal it to prevent further infections. We then provide a dental filling and a dental crown to ensure that the tooth works as it should.

A tooth’s pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that help it grow. In some cases, the pulp can become infected, and the tooth’s crown, which is the part you can see, can still look intact. 

There are several signs that you may need a root canal. These can include:

  • Tooth pain that doesn’t go away
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swollen jaw
  • Swollen gums
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Pain when applying pressure to a tooth
  • Loose teeth

Damaged tooth pulp can have many causes. A chipped or cracked tooth can allow bacteria into the pulp, leading to an infection. Similarly, an untreated cavity can cause tooth decay that affects the pulp. An injury to the tooth can also damage the pulp, even if it doesn’t damage the crown.

Damaged pulp can cause severe pain. The best thing you can do to resolve it is to reach out to our team. We can assess the problem and determine whether a root canal is the best option. 

The ideal candidates for root canals are those with tooth decay that’s severe enough to have gone through the enamel and into the dentin or the inner surface of the tooth. The tooth must still be structurally sound in order to support a crown. If it isn’t, you may need to have the tooth extracted

The Benefits of Root Canals

At Brockley Dental, we recommend root canals over tooth extractions whenever possible.

Root canals can prevent the loss of the tooth. By removing the pulp and leaving the tooth structure intact, we can install a crown that protects the tooth from further infections. Extractions, on the other hand, can leave gaps that are prone to infections and other damage. 

A root canal can also help prevent the infection from spreading to neighboring teeth. If there’s an accumulation of bacteria in a tooth that goes untreated, the germs can spread, leading to more tooth decay and potential tooth loss, as well as damage to the gums.

Root canals also leave the root and tooth in place, which can help prevent jawbone deterioration. The tooth’s root stimulates the jawbone, so if the root is gone, bone loss is inevitable.

Equally importantly, root canals also help you maintain a beautiful smile. Tooth extraction can put holes in your smile, requiring you to spend more money on implants. Root canals leave the tooth in place and simply remove the infected tissue. 

Undergoing Root Canals

If you have symptoms that suggest a root canal, we urge you to contact Donald B. Brockley, DMD, E. Ahono Gildersleeve, DDS, or Carmin Gonzalez, DDS, at Brockley Dental Center for a consultation.  

During your consultation, we’ll assess the tooth’s damage to determine whether a root canal will offer the best results. We’ll ask you about your medical history and any medications you take and will likely take X-rays to evaluate the extent of the damage. 

We welcome any questions you may have about the process and our available payment options. Although we don’t work directly with insurers, we do submit claims on our patients’ behalf. We also offer CareCredit financing that allows patients to pay for their treatments in convenient installments.

We take our time with each patient to ensure that they never feel rushed during the consultation or subsequent treatment sessions.

To prepare for a root canal, we may give you antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications to take a few days before the procedure. It’s important to take them as advised. We recommend that you stop smoking for at least two weeks before your root canal, as tobacco can interfere with your body’s natural healing process. You’ll also want to avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before the procedure and do your best to get a good night’s sleep.

Overview of the Procedure

Overview of the ProcedureOn the day of the procedure, you’ll receive local anesthesia, so you’ll need to have someone with you to drive you home. If you commonly experience dental anxiety, you can also opt to receive sedation via nitrous oxide or oral sedatives.

We’ll begin by placing a rubber dam over the tooth, which will keep it dry during the procedure. Then, we’ll create a hole in the crown to access the tooth’s pulp, which we’ll remove. 

Once we’ve extracted the infected pulp, we’ll clean and disinfect the area before reshaping it and filling it with a special rubbery material that’s highly flexible. Finally, we’ll install a temporary dental filling to seal the tooth. Most people need a crown over the tooth to protect it and restore their bite.

The entire procedure may take between 30 and 60 minutes, not counting the time needed to install the crown; root canals on multiple teeth can take longer. The lab that creates the customized crowns can take two to three weeks to deliver your crown. 

Recovering from a Root Canal

Following your root canal, you’ll want to take the antibiotics and painkillers prescribed by the dentist. These can keep you comfortable and help prevent a new infection. Make it a point to avoid eating anything until the numbness from the anesthesia wears off. That way, you won’t accidentally bite your cheeks or tongue. 

As you recover, brush the area with care and eat foods that are easy on your teeth, including soups and soft or mashed foods. Avoid exercising for a few days to give your body time to recover from the procedure and get as much rest as possible. We’ll usually schedule a follow-up appointment to check on the healing, so make sure you attend. 

Get Help at Brockley Dental

Having a tooth infection can be extremely painful. For most people, the best option is to seek a root canal from an experienced dental professional. A root canal will allow you to keep your tooth while removing the infected pulp that causes so much discomfort. 

The father and daughter team of Donald B. Brockley, DMD, and E. Ahono Gildersleeve, DDS, along with Carmin Gonzalez, DDS, at Brockley Dental Center, are ready to help patients in the Butler and greater Pittsburgh areas of Pennsylvania.

We have more than 50 combined years of experience providing quality services to our patients. We treat every patient we see like our own family and are always happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Don’t spend another day in unnecessary pain from an infected tooth. Call Brockley Dental Center today to schedule your consultation.