This happens occasionally due to deep cavities or unexpected injuries. If you don’t receive treatment, you could likely lose your tooth. Root canal treatment is a great solution to overcome a serious inner tooth infection.
Questions and Answers
How is root canal treatment performed?
Root canal treatment starts with digital X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. Then, generally, sedation is provided for comfort as the dentist accesses the tooth’s inner structure from the top. They carefully clean out an infectious material to leave the tooth as a hollowed-out structure. Then an antimicrobial liquid flushes out the root canals down to the jawbone.
The tooth is then treated with a medicated filling substance to offer support and strength and to help the tooth heal in a timely manner. To protect the tooth, a dental crown is placed over the structure to prevent fractures and breakages.
How do I know if my root canal is infected?
A patient suffering from an infected root canal will almost certainly recognize that there is something wrong. They will usually be in severe pain and will notice the following signs:
- Severe and intense toothaches that won’t go away
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes
- Recurring abscesses on the gums
How long does the pain from a root canal last?
There is a common misconception that root canals are very painful. The truth is, a root canal isn’t usually any more painful than a typical dental filling. The dentist usually provides an anesthetic before the procedure so during, and a short while after, there isn’t a huge amount of discomfort. There will likely be tenderness or sensitivity for a few days though as the root canal heals because the tissues around the gums could be swollen or agitated.
If you have more questions about root canals please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.
We are prepared for all types of treatment options. We are set up for crowns, fillings, implants, root canals, extractions, dentures, and more. Whatever your restoring needs are for your teeth, we are here to get you back to optimum oral health.
Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry offers cosmetic dentistry options that will leave you with a beautiful smile that you will be proud of and show off. We do whitening, veneers, and Invisalign to help you get that smile just the way you want it.
We understand that emergencies happen at the most inconvenient times and are often not very comfortable either. We work hard to get you in as soon as possible. Whether it’s a tooth ache or broken tooth, we want to get you out of pain or fixed up in a hurry. Call us with any emergency and we will work hard to get you in to see the doctor as soon as possible.
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