Root Canal Treatment
If your tooth hurts when you bite down on it, is sensitive to temperature changes, the gums or soft tissues near the tooth are discolored or swollen, the tooth itself is discolored, or the tooth is cracked or broken, you may need a root canal treatment. Our dentist may take X-rays of the tooth and surrounding structures or do other testing to determine if there is infection or damage that will need to be repaired through a root canal.
A root canal treatment removes damaged or infected tissue while preserving the actual structure of the tooth. The process may also be called endodontic treatment, and it saves nearly a quarter of a billion teeth in the U.S. every year. One of the main causes for root canals in the United States is untreated tooth decay that has reached the dentin, allowing bacteria to infect the pulp of the tooth. Antibiotics are ineffective against infections in the pulp of the tooth, and the resulting inflammation and inflammation reduces blood flow, which delays or prevents healing. In other cases, damage can necessitate endodontic treatment. A blow to the tooth or a cracked or broken tooth can damage the pulp.
If root canal treatment is necessary, our dentist will numb the area surrounding the affected tooth. Although root canals have often gotten a bad reputation, they are rarely any more painful or traumatic than a filling. However, if you prefer, you may also receive sedation to help calm any anxiety you are experiencing. Our dentist will then remove the infected material and bacteria from your tooth and clean the chamber thoroughly. Once the canals of the teeth have been emptied, the root or the roots of the tooth will be filled with a temporary filling.
Depending on the severity of the infection, the tooth may continue to be sensitive for a few days after treatment. Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatories can help reduce pain and sensitivity. When the tissues have completely healed, our dentist will place either a permanent filling or a crown. This will restore strength and functionality to the tooth. If a crown is needed, it should be placed not long after the root canal treatment.
Contact us today to learn more about your options for root canal treatment or to schedule a consultation.