Root canals, just by those spoken words, shiver the spine of many people and have unfairly gained a bad reputation. With current technology and expertise in the procedure, we have made it much simpler and less painful to undergo than years ago.
A root canal may be needed to relieve severe pain or sensitivity caused by extensive decay, trauma, or old filling is compromised. Many times an infection is present. The affected tissue needs to be removed, and the nerve canal reshaped and filled with a special material and finally sealed and crowned to help protect the tooth and return it to optimal health.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime. There are times when a tooth will have to be retreated due to new or recurrent infections. Possible symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal are an abscess (or pimple) on the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, severe toothache pain, swelling or tenderness, or pain on chewing. However, sometimes there are no symptoms associated with a problem tooth, which is why routine dental exams and x-rays are necessary. Newer techniques used at Dental Wellness of Albany include using ozone and laser SWEEPS technique.