Payson Dental and Orthodontics
General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Payson, UT
If you experience a toothache associated with infection or severe tooth decay, you may need a root canal to save your tooth from extraction. At Payson Dental and Orthodontics in West Payson, Utah, board-certified general and cosmetic dentist Brian Kraft, DDS, and his team offer same-day emergency appointments and single-visit root canals and crowns. Schedule an appointment with Payson Dental and Orthodontics over the phone or online at the first sign of tooth pain.
Root Canal Q&A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure Dr. Kraft and his team use to restore a tooth that is severely decayed, has an injury in the pulp, or is infected. Root canals can prevent teeth from becoming loose, falling out, or requiring extraction. Schedule a same-day appointment with Payson Dental and Orthodontics at the first sign of tooth injury or pain to help save your tooth.
Do I need a root canal?
You might require a root canal if you experience:
- Tooth pain
- Cracked tooth
- Tooth infection
- Deep cavity
- Tooth abscess
For minor cavities that don’t require a root canal, Dr. Kraft may recommend a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown. In severe cases of tooth decay or an injury that’s beyond repair, extraction might be necessary. Seeking treatment early offers you the best chance of saving your tooth.
What should I expect during treatment?
The Payson Dental and Orthodontics team offers same-day emergency appointments for root canals. To determine if a root canal is necessary, Dr. Kraft examines your tooth and mouth and takes dental X-rays.
Prior to receiving a root canal, Dr. Kraft numbs the area so you don’t feel any pain. He removes the infected or injured part of the inside of your tooth, cleans it, and fills it with a special medicated material to prevent future problems.
The Payson Dental and Orthodontics team caps your tooth with a crown or other dental restoration to restore the tooth’s structure and shape, and protect it from future damage.
What happens after a root canal?
After a root canal you might experience tooth sensitivity for a few days, but taking over-the-counter pain relievers can enhance comfort. Your new restored tooth looks and functions just like natural surrounding teeth, and can last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Brush your teeth twice daily, floss every day, and avoid chewing on hard objects. See the Payson Dental and Orthodontics team regularly for professional cleanings and exams.
Don’t let a toothache progress to a serious dental problem. Schedule an appointment with Payson Dental and Orthodontics over the phone or online at the first sign of pain to determine if a root canal is necessary.