Root Canal Treatment Specialist

Thomas J. Stern, DMD

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA

With more than 15 million procedures performed every year in the United States, root canal treatment is one of the most common ways to save at-risk teeth. The office of Thomas J. Stern, DMD, is a small practice with a big emphasis on cutting-edge care, including comfortable root canal treatments. If you have tooth pain or other possible signs of tooth decay, call the office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or book an appointment online.

Root Canal Treatment Q&A

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a procedure in which Dr. Stern removes infection within a tooth. There's no question that it's best to save your natural teeth when possible, and a root canal procedure can save your tooth in situations where you'd otherwise need an extraction.

When would I need root canal treatment?

If your tooth becomes infected and you don't treat it, the infection can spread inwards to the dental pulp. Your dental pulp is especially sensitive because it includes delicate nerves and blood vessels, which is why your symptoms can be quite severe. 

There are several signs that could indicate you have a severe infection that requires root canal treatment, including:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Bumpy area in your gums
  • Extreme temperature sensitivity
  • Gum swelling
  • Gum darkening to a deep red color
  • Tooth trauma, like a crack or break
  • Sore gums
  • Tooth darkening

If you have any of these symptoms, schedule a dental exam right away. Dr. Stern can identify problems and quickly plan a treatment to ease your symptoms. 

What happens during root canal treatment?

Dr. Stern delivers local anesthesia, which numbs your tooth and the area around it. He makes a tiny hole in your tooth and then removes the pulp using slim dental instruments. 

Depending on the situation, Dr. Stern may also remove your tooth roots. Doing so won't harm an adult tooth, and it can help to stop infection spread.

Next, Dr. Stern disinfects the treatment area. He fills and seals the now-empty portion of your tooth with gutta-percha, a sterile rubbery material. Dr. Stern then uses either a tooth-colored filling or a custom crown to stabilize your tooth. 

After your root canal treatment, you'll typically receive an oral antibiotics prescription to help prevent reinfection. Take these pills as directed until you finish them.

A root canal treatment at Thomas J. Stern, DMD, is a comfortable and stress-free procedure that can get you out of pain in just one appointment. Call the office and speak with a helpful team member or book your visit online.