Endodontics/Root Canal Therapy in St. Louis
Much like a periodontist specializes in gum disease, an endodontist specializes in root canal therapy and traumatic dental procedures. If done improperly, root canals can be severely painful and cause further complications, but with an experienced endodontist such as Dr. Martin, the procedure is safe and streamlined.
When Should I See an Endodontist?
If a tooth is infected, cracked, or chipped, over time, this can cause deep decay, inflammation, and severe damage to the pulp, or tissue, of a tooth. When this happens, root canal therapy is often needed.
Some of the more common signs that you might need endodontics or root canal therapy in St. Louis include severe pain when chewing, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, inflamed gums, swollen lymph nodes, and discoloration.
Dr. Martin provides thorough and comfortable endodontics/root canal therapy in St. Louis, and is skilled in preserving as much of a patient's natural tooth as possible. While other endodontists in St. Louis might not focus on limiting the amount of pain that you feel post-procedure, Dr. Martin is committed to ensuring that you are in as little pain as possible and have a quick and effective recovery.
How is Root Canal Therapy Performed?
Endontics/root canal therapy in St. Louis can often be completed in as little as one or two sessions with Dr. Martin. A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. If the tooth is infected antibiotics are usually prescribed to reduce the amount of infection. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and blood vessels are removed, the inside canal of the tooth is cleaned out and then sealed to protect from recurrent infection.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the roots of the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form leading to the possible loss of the tooth. After a root canal has been completed, the structure becomes weakened and will require a crown in order to ensure longevity of the tooth.
Need Root Canal Therapy or Endodontic Services in St. Louis?
Most teeth that are treated endodontically/have undergone root canal therapy do not need further treatment, but in some cases, if a tooth heals improperly or pain persists, it'll require additional treatment.
Dr. Martin has nearly three decades of experience with endodontics/root canal therapy in St. Louis, is committed to saving as much of your tooth as possible, and has the skills needed to ensure that the procedure is as effective as possible so that you won't need additional treatment.
If you have an infected or inflamed tooth and need relief, you should call (314) 739-1222 (Maryland Heights Location), (573) 764-2425 (Gerald Location), or contact Martin Dental & Associates today to schedule a consultation for root canal therapy in St. Louis.