In Need of A Root Canal in Hanover?

Our Hanover dentist can help save your tooth - but you need to act fast.

Endodontic treatment, commonly known as root canal therapy, is performed to save a patient’s natural tooth from extraction. It is performed when the inner pulp of the tooth has become infected or damaged.

Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulp were removed. Today, root canal therapy saves many natural teeth that would otherwise be lost!

What happens during a typical root canal procedure?

The dentist or endodontist will begin by isolating the tooth with a dental dam. Next, a numbing agent will be administered for a painless procedure. A small access to the tooth’s pulp chamber will be made via drilling, and the damaged pulp will be removed.

The root canal system will then be thoroughly cleaned, shaped and filled with a special material called “gutta percha”. Finally, the treatment will be completely sealed and capped off with a dental crown in order to prevent further damage from occurring.

Why might a person require a root canal in Hanover?

Root canal therapy can be required due to a number of various causes, including:

  • Infection:
    Perhaps the most common reason for endodontic therapy is when tooth decay becomes extensive enough to reach the innermost layer of the tooth.
  • Breakage:
    Damage to the tooth, like with a fracture or chipping, can create an access for bacteria to reach the pulp - or can simply wreak havoc on the area immediately, creating a need for root canal therapy.
  • Repeated dental procedures:
    Undergoing repeated dental treatments, such as multiple dental fillings and drilling performed on one tooth, can cause it to become weaker and more susceptible to eventually requiring root canal treatment.
  • Tooth removal:
    If a tooth has been knocked completely out of its socket, an endodontic procedure will commonly be required as part of re-implanting and saving the natural tooth.

Because there can be situations where the outside of the tooth looks completely healthy with damage occurring internally, routine check-ups and X-ray screenings are important.

Visits to our Hanover dental clinic ideally every 6 months will allow our team to detect any oral problems early, before they require procedures like root canal therapy to treat - or worse, before dental extraction becomes the only option.

Think you’re in need of endodontic care?

Time is of the essence - don’t wait to contact our dentist in Hanover if you’re experiencing signs of a troubled tooth or think you’re in need of a root canal procedure!