Robinson Township Smiles

Root Canals in Robinson Township

If you have a severe toothache, or a tooth that is extremely sensitive to hot and cold temperatures,  you may have an infected or decayed tooth. Teeth that are damaged by decay or infection can be treated with root canal therapy from Robinson Township Smiles near North Fayette, Oakdale, and Sewickly.

While root canals have a bit of a bad reputation in the public eye, they are the best way to preserve your tooth, relieve the pain of a toothache, and restore your mouth to health. Dr. Ryan Rupert of Robinson Township Smiles performs gentle extractions and always makes sure that his patients are comfortable throughout the process.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is somewhat similar to a filling, except it treats both the exterior enamel and the interior pulp.

The pulp is the fleshy, nerve-filled substance that is located inside the exterior enamel and dentin of your tooth. If the enamel and dentin both become worn away due to tooth decay, or crack because of an impact injury, the pulp can become exposed.

When this happens, the pulp becomes infected by the bacteria that live in the mouth. In turn, this causes pain, inflammation, and further tooth decay.

Root canal therapy is used to treat this issue. A small opening is made in the tooth, and Dr. Rupert extracts all of the infected pulp from the interior of the tooth. Then, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned with disinfectants and antibiotics.

After this, the pulp is replaced with a rubbery material called “gutta percha”. This provides a strong structural base for the remaining tooth structure. After this, a filling or temporary crown is used to seal your tooth, and a follow-up appointment is made for a permanent dental crown.

How Do I Know If I Need Root Canal Therapy? 

Root canals are usually required if your tooth is seriously decayed and infected, but also can be required if it becomes cracked due to a slip and fall, car accident, or a hard hit in contact sports. Here are some signs that you may need a root canal:

  • Increased sensitivity
  • Grayish color or other discoloration
  • Toothache and radiating jaw pain
  • Swelling of the cheek and face
  • Difficulty chewing/biting without pain 
  • Inflammation around gumline
  • Fever

If you recognize these signs and symptoms, call Robinson Township Smiles to set up a consultation, and the friendly team will get you out of pain.

What Are The Benefits Of A Root Canal

Don’t suffer in pain from a damaged, infected, or decayed tooth. Here are just a few reasons to consider root canal therapy:

  • Pain relief – Root canals remove the source of infection, providing you relief from toothache, fever, and swelling.
  • Affordable treatment – A root canal is much cheaper than having your tooth pulled and replaced with a partial denture, bridge, or a dental implant.
  • Save your original tooth – It’s always best to preserve the original tooth structure whenever possible, and avoid tooth extractions. 

Infected Tooth? Don't Wait! Get Care Today From Dr. Ryan Rupert

Root canals are nothing to be afraid of. The process is minimally-invasive, and can be delivered under both numbing agents and anesthetic to ensure your comfort. With a root canal, you’ll be rid of the pain of an infected tooth, and you can get back to your normal, day-to-day life.

Contact us now at (412) 859-3833 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Rupert, or drop by our office at 66 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108. We hope to see you soon!