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Angelo M. Julovich, DDS
6857 W Stonegate Drive, Suite A
Zionsville, IN 46077
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Root Canal Therapy- Zionsville, IN

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

Woman holding jaw in painRoot canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but they can actually significantly relieve toothache pain and save a tooth from being extracted. If you’re in need of root canal therapy, Angelo M. Julovich, DDS and his dedicated Zionsville dentistry team can provide these procedures in complete comfort at Trinity Dental. We are always here to help whenever patients need us, and since many patients in need of root canal therapy visit on an emergency basis, we encourage you to contact us right away.

When do I Need A Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is a treatment necessary when the inner layer of the tooth, the pulp, is damaged. Within the pulp layer, the tooth’s nerve system is protected, and it runs through the root canals, connecting to the gums and the rest of the body. When damage or decay reaches this inner pulp layer of the tooth directly accessing the nerve, the result can be severe pain and dental sensitivity.

How do I Know if I need a Root Canal?

During a dental consultation and examination, Dr. Julovich will use advanced diagnostic imaging tools to determine whether or not you need root canal therapy. However, you should let us know right away if you notice any of the following warning signs of a need for root canal therapy:

  • Severe toothache
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Infection or inflammation in the gums around a tooth

How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

Root canal therapy is a relatively straightforward procedure. To remove the damaged or decayed pulp tissue, we drill a small access hole from the top of the tooth. Then, we extract the entire pulp and nerve from the tooth. The inner layers of your tooth are thoroughly cleansed. To reduce your risk for infection we may recommend oral or topical antibiotic treatment before we complete the root canal process. Once your tooth is clean, we refill it with a biocompatible substance and reseal the access hole. We will typically place a dental crown over the root canal treated tooth to protect it from further damage and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

What Happens After Root Canal Therapy?

Following root canal therapy, most patients report significantly diminished discomfort. Even though you will likely have some tooth sensitivity and soft tissue irritation for a few days after the procedure, your overall comfort should improve immediately. If your pain increases or you notice signs of infection, please call our office immediately. We may need to provide further treatment.