Root canals treat and preserve infected teeth. This infection occurs in the pulp, which is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When pulp is infected, patients may experience pain, swelling, and even total tooth loss unless treated.
Root canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.
Am I a Candidate For a Root Canal?
You could be a candidate for a root canal if decay or damage has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp inside your tooth. A root canal could also be the right treatment for you if you prefer to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible instead of extracting both the healthy and diseased portions of your tooth. For more information about root canals and whether they are right for you, schedule a dental exam and consultation at your earliest convenience.
What Should I Expect During My Root Canal Treatment?
If you decide to undergo a root canal, the first step in your procedure will involve a local anesthetic. Once your tooth root is numb, the diseased portion of your tooth pulp will be removed and potentially treated for bacterial infection. The tooth will then be sealed and filled before being restored with a crown.
What Type of Post-Treatment Care is Required After a Root Canal?
It is normal for teeth to become inflamed after a root canal, potentially causing sensitivity for the first several days following treatment. However, normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment and restoration are complete.
The team at Tradition Dental Group is here to help! Root canals can help:
- Improve overall dental health
- Stop dental pain
- Protect your teeth
If you are experiencing ongoing dental aches, we can help diagnose the cause and get you the treatment you need. Call us today to get started!