Root Canal Therapy
When the internal pulp at the center of your tooth becomes infected, it can potentially cause several serious complications, the worst of which is the death of the tooth. If that happens, Dr. Travis Weimer may recommend root canal therapy.
For detailed information on your treatment options for root canal therapy, we encourage you to contact us at (208) 400-5203. Our office is in Boise, Idaho, and you are welcome to come in for a consultation.
What is a Root Canal?
You’ve heard of the term, but what exactly is root canal therapy? Simply put, it is a type of endodontic dentistry that is an attempt to save a damaged tooth. When decay and bacteria enter past the protective enamel and invade the inner tooth, it won’t be long before the tooth becomes infected. Tooth pulp, which includes tiny nerves and blood vessels at the center of the tooth, can become completely destroyed beyond repair by an infection. When this happens, there is no recourse but to extract the dead tooth and replace it with a dental implant (false tooth).
If the tooth can be saved, Dr. Weimer will want to make the attempt by performing a root canal. In order to restore the tooth to health and avoid an unnecessary extraction, our expert dentist will remove the damaged tissues from within, sanitize the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material that will ensure it is free from infection. Next, the remaining tooth will be shaped to become a base for a crown—the term for the false tooth. The crown (or “cap”) will function like the natural tooth before it became damaged. In most cases, a root canal procedure can be done in only one or two visits to our office.
What Are The Signs That I May Need A Root Canal?
The following signs and symptoms may indicate that you are in need of a root canal:
- Tooth pain or ache, especially when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity, especially due to extreme temperatures
- Swelling in the gums around the area of the affected tooth
- Tooth discoloration
New & Improved Procedure
Despite its past reputation for being a painful procedure, advancements in technique, technology and medicine have made root canal therapy less worrisome for patients. Modern dentistry, tools and anesthesia have combined to minimize most discomfort. And of course, Dr. Weimer’s team at Boise River Dental is dedicated to your comfort so that you enjoy a pleasant experience no matter what procedure you have come to us to undergo.
“Dr. Weimer and his staff are kind, caring, and very accommodating! I was always afraid to go to the dentist but not anymore! They always make sure to make me feel comfortable and very relaxed.”- Sondra
“Dr. Weimar prepped me for the permanent crown & they fitted a temporary in one visit. He was gentle & efficient, keeping me informed on every detail as he went through the process. I had almost no discomfort.”- Laurynda
“Dr. Weimer is both an artist and a skilled expert. When my extractions had complications Dr. Weimer immediately did the repairs to my skull. What he did in a half-hour would have taken weeks of scheduling with other dentists!”- Rorshach
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