Root Canal Treatment in South Jordan, Utah
Getting a root canal is nothing like what you hear on television. Root canal treatment is actually a very common and often a painless procedure. At Copper Creek Dental, we perform efficient and pain-free root canals with the help of local anesthesia.
Everything we do is with the intention of helping you get back to living a confident and comfortable life. Root canal therapy saves your natural tooth and puts an end to the pain and sensitivity caused by the infection. This procedure helps patients in South Jordan’s Daybreak and surrounding communities live life to the fullest.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Deep inside a tooth is the pulp—soft tissue that contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and sensitive nerves. When cavities or cracks in teeth are deep enough, the pulp can become infected and cause severe pain and swelling.
Root canal treatment eliminates bacteria from the infected pulp and stops the infection from spreading. The procedure saves the tooth root so you don’t have to worry about the tooth falling out. However, extreme cases of infection may require tooth extraction. We take radiographs of your mouth to determine whether your tooth can be saved with root canal treatment.
When Is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
Root canal therapy is necessary to save a tooth from deep decay, an infection of the tooth or root, or an injury. We may recommend a root canal if you experience the following symptoms:
- An abscess on the gums (this may look like a pimple)
- Tooth pain that doesn’t go away
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Dark tooth discoloration
- Swollen gums
When left untreated, your pain will only worsen and you may lose the tooth. Plus, the tooth infection can spread to surrounding teeth, as well as your gums, jaw, and other parts of your body. The infection can even become life-threatening, so it’s essential that you treat it immediately.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Painful root canals are a thing of the past. At Copper Creek Dental, we numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t experience any pain. If the thought of a root canal still makes you anxious, we offer conscious IV sedation to help you feel more relaxed during the procedure.
During the procedure, we place a dental dam over the area to keep the isolated area clean and dry. We then make a small opening in the crown of the tooth in order to access the root canal and clean the infected pulp. Next, we fill the canal, close the opening, and place a crown over the tooth. The crown restores your tooth to full function and keeps out further decay.