Root Canal Therapy
What is the “Root Cause”?
Use the term, “root canal,” and many people start trembling. “Oh no, anything but that!” So… when was the last time you had a root canal? Times have changed and so have root canal treatment techniques.
Maybe you’ve been putting off a visit to Kisumu Dental Center because you fear you may need a root canal. Well, fear no more and put your mind at ease by calling us or book an appointment to schedule an examination and a cleaning of your teeth. Let’s start there and see what we need to do. How is that?
Why Would You Need Root Canal Therapy?
Have you ever had an abscessed tooth? If so, you know the throbbing pain and swollen gums that go along with it and the inevitable trip to the dentist for what usually turns out to be root canal therapy or the even more dreadful dental extraction.
In the not too long ago past, the term “root canal,” brought to mind painful images – but not anymore! Root canal therapy has definitely “grown-up” into a far less fearful procedure and is no more painful than getting a tooth filled! In fact, the purpose of a root canal is to relieve pain, not cause it!
In very simple terms, root canal therapy involves the removal of the infected tissue from the roots of the tooth beneath the gums. This is done to:-
> Save the part of the tooth above the gums
> Minimize the risk of further damage
> Prevent loss of the tooth entirely, requiring more extensive and expensive treatment.
What Is The Procedure?
Depending on the severity of the infection, the experts at Kisumu Dental Center may prescribe an antibiotic for the infection prior to performing the actual procedure.
The procedure then begins with the administration of a local anaesthetic. Next, the doctor takes out the damaged or infected pulp tissue (by cleaning and shaping it) and fills the infected root canals of the tooth with an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection. The tooth root and the initial hole or broken part of the tooth are then packed with filling material. Lastly, the tooth is covered with a crown to protect it, because of weakness and instability resulting from damage caused by the infection.
The entire process typically takes place in one, two, three or more visits depending on the response of the tooth to treatment. At Kisumu Dental Centre, we use the latest technology in root canal cleaning, shaping and filling – rotary endodontic instruments, making treatment much faster and comfortable with superior clinical outcomes.
Experiencing Pain or Need More Information?
If you are feeling moderate to severe tooth pain and notice swelling of your gums beneath the affected tooth, please call us right away and we’ll schedule an immediate appointment to get you out of pain fast.
Delay is dangerous in this case because the infection will continue to cause additional damage that could lead to tooth loss and the need for the more serious and expensive treatment.
At Kisumu Dental Center, we are skilled in pain-free root canal therapy, so there is no need to put off treatment.
We are here to help you get out of pain fast!
Dental Family Plan
Root canal therapy is an extremely effective treatment for redeeming a severely decayed tooth from removal: once the decayed or infected pulp is removed, the tooth can stay intact without spreading an infection to the surrounding teeth and gums.