Dr. Siddhi Patel offers root canal therapy in our Hilliard dentist office for both children and adults. A root canal is an important dental treatment that can save the structural integrity of your smile by avoiding a tooth extraction. Root canals are performed on teeth that are severely damaged or infected but considered stable enough to stay in the mouth after treatment. Saving a natural tooth with a root canal supports the placement of your teeth and the structure of your smile.
Signs you may need a root canal can include:
- Tooth pain that is sudden, sharp or throbbing
- Changes in the color of a tooth
- Swelling or an abcess along the gum line
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
A root canal can often be completed in one visit, but in most cases, Dr. Patel will recommend that a dental crown be placed to strengthen and support the tooth for the long term. This is typically done at a second visit.
The Root Canal Process: what to expect
Dr. Patel will clean the area to be treated and use a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Using today’s techniques a root canal is no more uncomfortable than a dental filling. In fact, most patients feel relief once treatment starts and the infected tooth pulp is removed. Dr. Patel will create a tiny hole in the back of the tooth for extracting the pulp and cleaning the root chamber. Before closing the opening a biocompatible material is placed inside the empty chamber to stabilize the tooth and prevent future infection.
Dr. Patel also offers sedation options for patients who experience dental anxiety, are fearful of the dentist or dental office sounds and smells or would like to be completely relaxed and unaware of the procedure.
Pulpotomy: pediatric root canals
Dr. Patel can perform a root canal for pediatric patients to address the infection in a primary tooth. Known as a pulpotomy, a pediatric root canal only removes a portion of the tooth pulp, leaving healthy pulp intact. This is a less invasive treatment that is effective because the tooth will eventually fall out.
A pulpotomy for children is typically performed using a local anesthetic. Our staff is very familiar with the needs and concerns of young dental patients and we make every effort to ensure that they feel comfortable, safe and relaxed during any treatment.