At the dental practice of Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci, we offer root canal treatment for our patients in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, experiencing the following:
- A tooth that hurts when hot or cold food or drinks touch it and long after
- A persistent toothache that is increasingly painful
- Your tooth hurts when you bite down or chew food
These symptoms indicate that you may have an inflamed or infected tooth pulp requiring removal to experience relief. Your tooth may become infected or abscessed when the inside of the tooth, the pulp, experiences severe decay.
While most people think of a root canal as a painful procedure, in actuality they relieve you of pain. In fact, a root canal can be viewed as similar to receiving a dental filling and can be completed in one or two visits.
Anatomy of a Tooth
Let’s examine what makes up your tooth. First, you have your strong tooth enamel. Beneath that lies another hard material called dentin. Under the dentin lies your tooth pulp, which consists of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels used to provide nourishment to a growing tooth.
As a tooth grows, you need the pulp to supply blood and nourishment to the tooth to keep it healthy. However, once your permanent teeth have grown in, you no longer require the tooth pulp, as the surrounding tissues nourish the tooth. This means that an infected tooth pulp can be safely removed without harming your smile.
To perform a root canal, Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci will remove the infected tooth pulp. Next, the area will be cleaned and disinfected to prepare for gutta-percha, a rubberlike material which used to seal and protect the hole left behind after the pulp is cleaned out. Lastly, a dental filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha, unless the area is too big, or if too much of the tooth required removal, then a crown may be required to cap the tooth.
Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci and our team are happy to restore your smile with a root canal if you are looking for tooth pain relief. Please give us a call if you have any questions, or to schedule your next visit. Please call 610-678-5858 today and restore your healthy, confident smile!