Tooth pain can be unbearable to the point it’s difficult to function normally. It’s true that treatments like tooth-colored fillings can be performed to help protect teeth and strengthen them after decay or damage. However, once the tooth has been severely compromised by infection, these measures may not be enough to repair the tooth.
At Lasting Smiles of Bethlehem, we may recommend root canal therapy when invasive tooth problems harm the nerve that nourishes a tooth and keeps it functional. Read on to learn more about how root canal therapy can save your tooth from extraction.
Do you have visible cavities or small spots that are preventing you from smiling? While metal fillings can help stop cavities from spreading, it’s still visible to the eyes. At Lasting Smiles of Bethlehem, we understand you are looking for a solution that’s invisible to the eyes and provides protection from cavities.
Fortunately, Dr. Sulzbach has an alternative solution to metal fillings — bonding and white fillings. Read on to learn more about our alternative solutions and their benefits.
Root canal therapy is a restorative treatment used to save a fatally infected tooth. Tooth infections develop due to untreated cavities, causing bacteria to reach the pulp chamber, also known as the central layer of the tooth. The chamber is home to sensitive nerve endings that cause severe pain once infected. From this point, the entire tooth is at risk.
When a tooth is severely infected, extraction is normally needed. However, with root canal therapy, Dr. Sulzbach can safely and precisely remove the infected pulp to preserve your natural tooth as well as save your oral health.
When you choose to undergo a root canal treatment, you’ll receive a variety of advantages for not only your oral health but your overall health as well. Benefits include:
There are many signs and symptoms that may indicate you’re suffering from an oral infection. Signs and symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing any of the following listed above, contact our Bethlehem, PA office at (610) 861-0777 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sulzbach right away.
During your consultation, Dr. Sulzbach will evaluate your oral condition and the severity of the infection. He’ll also go over your medical history and take X-rays and impressions of your teeth. If Dr. Sulzbach deems root canal treatment necessary, he’ll craft your personalized treatment plan.
Before the procedure, Dr. Sulzbach will thoroughly clean your mouth before applying a local anesthetic to numb the procedure area. Once the area is numb, we’ll create a small incision to remove the infected tissue. From there, we’ll fill the empty chamber with a special dental resin that’ll help protect against future infections.
Once your tooth has been cleaned and filled, Dr. Sulzbach will reseal it and place a personalized dental porcelain crown on top. The crown will seamlessly blend with your smile and improve the strength of your tooth, preserving its health and appearance for years to come.
In most cases, root canal therapy can take around 90 minutes per tooth. Depending on the severity of your infection, we can complete your treatment in just one appointment at our Bethlehem office. The treatment times vary from patient to patient. At your initial consultation, Dr. Sulzbach will provide you with a detailed breakdown of your treatment and an estimated timeline.
No! Root canal therapy is virtually painless and won’t cause too much discomfort. Dr. Sulzbach will apply a local anesthetic before your treatment so you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed. However, following the treatment, you can expect some soreness of the tooth and your gums once the anesthetic wears off. You may also experience swollen gums.
To ease the discomfort and swelling, take over-the-counter medications and cold compresses. You should be able to return to normal activities the day after the procedure. If you continue to feel pain, contact our Bethlehem, PA office at (610) 861-0777 to schedule an appointment.
The cost of the root canal procedure will depend on factors like how many teeth need treatment and your insurance coverage plan. You can rest assured that a root canal costs much less than replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant or dental bridge. We recommend that you speak with your insurance provider beforehand to learn more about your coverage plan.
If you’re underinsured or uninsured, we have flexible financing options so you don’t delay your treatment any longer. If you have any questions about our financing options, call our Bethlehem, PA office at (610) 861-0777 and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be able to assist you.
You don’t have to deal with tooth pain any longer. If you’re looking for a restorative dentist in the surrounding Allentown, PA area such as Middletown, Northampton, Easton, and Hellertown, Dr. Sulzbach can help. Call our Bethlehem, PA office at (610) 861-0777 to schedule an appointment today. You can also click the “request appointment” button below and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
Bacteria enter our mouths all day long. With all of the bacteria types that flourish there, it is up to us to be diligent about good hygiene. Of course, brushing and flossing after meals is important, but semi-annual check-ups and professional cleanings are also necessary to avoid infection.
High quality, Always professional and smiling
Again highly professional, friendly and nice he makes me feel like family.
I very highly recommend Lasting Smiles! Everyone there is so friendly, professional and really knows their job whether it is with insurance, routine cleaning, or any kind of dental work. My appointments are always on time and that is very rare these days.
There is a reason this is one of the few top rated dentists in our area. I had to switch because of my insurance, so I read reviews for all the dentists in our area that participate with my insurance. There were only two that had a near perfect rating. The staff are so welcoming and friendly. The exam and the cleaning were the most thorough I’ve ever had. The office was neat and clean with warm and comfortable decor. The two ladies at the front desk were so nice and welcoming and Linda was the friendliest and best hygienist I’ve had in my 38 years of going to various dentists around the country.
Excellent Visit with Dr. Sulzbach and with Linda for my hygiene appointment. Very professional and friendly office. Definitely would recommend this office for your dental needs. They make things easier especially when the dental office is not your favorite place. Thank you to Dr. Sulzbach and staff for the expert care throughout the years and keeping me smiling.
Very pleased with the staffs professionalism during my visit. Highly recommend this dental office.
During my recent appointment with Dr. Sulzbach I was greeting by the smiling and friendly women at the reception desk. I was seen on time for my appointment and was treated with professional care. The dental assistant was concerned with my comfort and Dr. Sulzbach explained his procedures as he repaired my tooth. Overall it was a very good experience.
Was a good experience…staff is always friendly.
The staff is very professional and friendly. They know I have anxiety when it goes to going to the dentist. The make the whole experience pleasurable.
Dr. Sulzbach and his staff do excellent work and provide a professional and comfortable environment. I highly recommend them for your dental needs.
Great office. Great cleaning Linda the best and doc is always acccomadating.
Such a friendly environment! I’ve never liked going to the dentist until I started going here a few years ago – everyone is so welcoming and pleasant I actually look forward to seeing them! I’ve recommended them to several friends and family members and will continue to do so.
Friendly staff, everyone makes you feel comfortable. Best dentist I’ve ever been to, Dr. Sulzbach is great!