Root Canal Therapy Specialist

Warminster Dental Arts

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Hatboro, PA

If you experience chronic tooth pain or swelling, you may need a root canal. There’s no reason to live with daily toothaches when the experts at Warminster Dental Arts in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, are here to help you. The practice, led by Amit Motwani, DMD, offers safe and effective root canal therapy in a friendly environment. Call the office today for a consultation or book your appointment online.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

 

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes infected pulp or diseased tissue around your unhealthy tooth. The therapy is highly effective in halting disease and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. 


In the past, your dentist may have removed your tooth, but root canal therapy stops the infection and allows you to keep it. 


Root canal therapy usually takes one to three visits. The treatment cleans out the infected tooth and reshapes the root canals. Elastic material replaces the diseased tissue to prevent further infection.

What is a root canal?

Each tooth in your mouth has one to four root canals that branch off from the top of the tooth. The small passageways travel down the tooth until they reach the tip of the root. 


Tooth problems begin with infections in the pulp or an inner chamber that contains tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. 


When the pulp infections worsen, it may travel farther into the roots. When this happens, it’s necessary to remove the diseased pulp to relieve or prevent significant pain.

What are the signs of a tooth infection?

The signs of a tooth infection vary in intensity, depending on the seriousness of the disease. People typically experience one or more of the following symptoms: 

 

  • Minimal to severe pain 
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Throbbing 
  • Headaches
  • Pain while eating
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and irritated gum tissue
  • Small pockets of pus

 

Once pus develops, it may lead to an abscess. If you experience an abscess, the pain is overwhelming and your face may swell in response to the infection. 


An abscess is a severe infection that requires immediate evaluation. A root canal can help save the infected tooth and preserve its function.  

 

What causes a tooth infection?

It’s common for people of all ages to experience a tooth infection leading to root canal therapy at least once in their lives. Common causes of tooth infection are:

  • Traumatic injury to a tooth
  • Untreated severe tooth decay 
  • Crack or chip in the tooth
  • Failing restorations
  • Bacterial leakage into the dental pulp

In the end, it’s bacteria getting into your roots and gums that causes a tooth abscess. When this happens, it’s essential to get treatment at Warminster Dental Arts to relieve your pain and save your tooth.

If you have a toothache, you may need a root canal. Otherwise, you may lose the infected tooth. Call today or book online to schedule a root canal with Warminster Dental Arts.