When might I need root canal treatment?

A sudden or severe toothache can indicate a serious dental problem. Dr. Nhu Le and her Sioux City Family Dentistry team can evaluate a patient to determine the cause. In many cases, the problem may require root canal treatment to be resolved. Sioux City, Iowa, area patients who need root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, can benefit greatly from this procedure, which is performed to avoid extraction of the natural tooth.

What can I expect from an emergency root canal procedure?

Many patients incorrectly believe that the root canal procedure is painful. However, it is often pain and discomfort that brings patients to the practice for relief. The infected or damaged pulp tissue is removed from inside the tooth during root canal therapy. Then, the root canal is cleaned and sealed. This procedure not only relieves pain but also saves the tooth from extraction.

Is root canal therapy right for me?

The best way to determine if root canal therapy is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Nhu Le. At this time, she will thoroughly examine the mouth, teeth, and gums, looking for any signs of infection or damage. She will also take x-rays to look at the inside of the teeth and beneath the gum line. Once all the information has been gathered, she can develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and ensure the problem is resolved.

Do I need any additional procedures?

In many cases, Dr. Nhu Le will recommend that root canal patients consider placing a dental crown after their procedure. Removing the dental pulp, which includes the blood supply and nerves, can cause a tooth to become weak and brittle and, in turn, more susceptible to damage. Fabricating a dental crown over a tooth with root canal therapy can strengthen and protect the tooth for many years.

How do I learn more about root canal therapy?

The team at Sioux City Family Dentistry is committed to ensuring patients have access to the solutions they need to maintain healthy smiles. If you live in or around the Sioux City, IA, community and struggle with a painful toothache, it’s time to find the cause and seek treatment. Call (712) 639-6665 to request an appointment at 1855 Indian Hills Drive.