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Root Canal

Family Dentistry of West Chester

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in West Chester, PA

If you damage a tooth or develop a deep cavity, root canal therapy can relieve the pain, stop the infection from spreading, and preserve your tooth. At Family Dentistry of West Chester, general dentist Ruchi Trambadia, DMD, and the team use root canal therapy to save damaged and decaying teeth. Thanks to modern tools and anesthetics, the process is quick, convenient, and pain-free. To make an appointment, call the office in West Chester, Pennsylvania, or schedule online today.

Root Canal Q&A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is an endodontic treatment that removes damaged or infected pulp from the center of your tooth. By removing the pulp and filling your tooth with a rubbery material called gutta-percha, it’s possible to prevent additional complications and preserve your smile.

Why would I need a root canal?

At Family Dentistry of West Chester, the team uses root canal therapy to treat injured or infected tooth pulp caused by:

  • Untreated cavities
  • Oral trauma
  • Extensive dental work
  • Chips and cracks

If you experience symptoms like tooth pain or swelling and a sensation of heat in your gums, contact the team at Family Dentistry of West Chester right away.

What does a root canal involve?

At Family Dentistry of West Chester, root canal therapy takes two visits.

First root canal visit

Before performing a root canal, your dentist conducts an oral exam and takes a series of oral X-rays to assess the condition of your affected tooth and pulp. If the X-rays show visible damage or decay, your dentist numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic.

Then, they carefully remove the damaged or infected pulp from the center of your tooth. Your dentist rinses the center of your tooth with a cleansing solution and fills it with gutta-percha, a soft, cushion-like material.

After the gutta-percha dries, your dentist takes impressions of your tooth. Then, they bond a temporary crown on top to protect it from damage. Lastly, your dentist sends the impressions to a dental laboratory that makes your custom crown. 

Second root canal visit

When the lab finishes your custom crown, you return to Family Dentistry of West Chester. Your dentist numbs your mouth and replaces your temporary crown with the permanent one. After bonding the crown in place, your provider polishes it and provides care instructions.

What is recovery like after a root canal?

After a root canal, your tooth and gums might feel sore when the anesthesia wears off. Take it easy for at least 24 hours, drink plenty of water, and take anti-inflammatory medication if necessary.

About a week after you receive the permanent crown, you return to Family Dentistry of West Chester for X-rays. Oral X-rays help the team confirm your infection is gone.

To see if you can benefit from root canal therapy, make an appointment at Family Dentistry of West Chester by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.