A root canal is a frequently recommended procedure used to treat inflammation and infection of a tooth. These infections can develop over time due to multiple dental treatments on a tooth, cracked surfaces of a tooth, and extensive decay.
This infection is located in the tooth’s pulp and can lead to painful ulcers if it is not treated in a timely manner. The American Association of Endodontists touts the success of root canal treatment as a restorative procedure, stating that a great number of teeth are preserved each year because of it. There are several symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal.
If you notice that your gums are swollen, you have a chip on a tooth, your teeth are experiencing sensitivity, or it hurts to chew, we are here to help. Our team at Southern Family Dental Care can consult with you about the need for a root canal and take the necessary route to restore your smile.
Performing a Root Canal
Our professionals take a number of steps when performing a root canal procedure. First, an x-ray will be taken in order to determine the root canals’ shape and the potential presence of infection within the nearby bone. To prepare for the rest of the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the remainder of the process. A member of our team will use a drill in order to create an access hole and rid the tooth of decay, pulp, and other bacteria. Root canal files are used within the hole to thoroughly clean inside the tooth. You can expect the area to be rinsed frequently throughout the procedure in order to ensure all debris is removed. Once the affected tooth is clean, it will be sealed. A paste is used to fill the inside of the tooth in addition to gutta-percha, a rubbery material. To close the access hole, a filling will be placed. After the root canal has been performed, our professionals may believe that further restoration is necessary. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.
After the Procedure
After your root canal procedure, you should follow our team’s instructions to manage the discomfort you may experience. Your mouth may be sore or tender in the days following your root canal, but please know that this mild discomfort is generally temporary and should lessen as your mouth begins to heal. You may take over-the-counter pain relievers to help with pain management. You may also consult with our professionals if there is any prolonged, lingering pain. As you are healing, take note of any distinct differences in your mouth, such as uneven bite, oral swelling, allergic reactions, or infection symptoms. Contact us if you become aware of any of these signs as we may need to schedule you for an examination.
Are you experiencing symptoms consistent with those of a tooth infection? If so, you may be in need of a root canal. A root canal can help you to preserve your natural teeth and heal tooth infection. To speak with a professional about the root canal procedure, contact Southern Family Dental Care at 470-410-9774 today.