Most people have heard of root canals, but many don’t know that the term has two meanings. It’s a part of the tooth and the procedure we use to repair that part of the tooth when it becomes decayed. The anatomical feature is up to four narrow channels inside the roots of your tooth where blood vessels and nerves—the source of sensation—are found. If decay from a cavity reaches the roots the pain can be severe, and a standard filling won’t alleviate it. That’s when you need to come to Alta Canyon Dental for root canals in Sandy, UT.
Technology and Root Canals
Signs You May Need Root Canals
Acute tooth pain
Heightened temperature sensitivity in the tooth
Redness or inflammation on the surrounding gums
Blisters or pimples forming on the gums
Darkened tooth or teeth
What a Root Canal Procedure Is Like
If you have any of the above root canal symptoms, we’ll have you come into our office for a thorough examination and imaging. Emergency root canal treatment is available, when required. If you need the procedure and it’s not an emergency, we may be able to restore the health and function of your tooth as soon as the following appointment! During that next visit, we’ll begin by making you comfortable with our sedation options, which include local sedation (administered through a syringe), nitrous oxide (inhaled as a gas), and oral sedation (delivered in pill form).
Once you’re sedated, we’ll make a small opening in the infected tooth’s crown, remove diseased tissue from the roots, then disinfect and restructure the canals to clear space for a special filling material. Known as gutta-percha, this is a robust material that we use exclusively for root canals. To reinforce your tooth for lasting function and stability, we’ll typically then place a new crown on it. CEREC technology enables us to create custom crowns here during the same visit! These are quality restorations fabricated to fit you comfortably and match the color of your untreated teeth. Your restored smile will be healthy, natural-looking, and pain-free!
Get the Relief You Need Now
The right treatment can preserve your tooth.
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