Root canals are performed when tooth decay is damaging or killing a tooth. This procedure is necessary to prevent an infection from spreading to other teeth — or causing additional discomfort for the patient.
During a root canal a family dentist will need to remove the pulp from the inside of a tooth and treat an abscess, if it is present. The tooth must be given time to heal in order to ensure that an infection does not further deteriorate.
During a root canal your mouth will be numbed and the tooth may be separated from the other teeth with a rubber lining. A drill and other tools will be used to remove the infected and damaged pulp from inside the tooth. The tooth may then be temporarily filled with material to protect itself.
After the root canal is performed a crown or permanent filling will be used to replace the tissue that was removed. A temporary crown may be placed over the tooth to protect it until a custom made piece can be designed. A cheap dentist may not use high quality materials to fill in the tooth, which could lead to discomfort later on.
Top Things to Remember
After root canal surgery your mouth might feel numb for a bit– until after the anesthetic effect wears off, and then you can begin to experience some temporary discomfort.
- A general dentist may prescribe medication such as acetaminophen to help take down this pain. Pain should not last more than 1-2 days after the procedure.
- A dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to treat an abscess that is present along the tooth.
Those that are at risk for more severe infections may need to check in with their regular doctor when a root canal is being performed, to ensure that the infection does not spread to the bloodstream.
Signs You Need Root Canal Treatment
There is a common misconception that a root canal treatment is painful and should be avoided. In truth, the root canal procedure will eliminate the significant pain associated with infected pulp, and at Ramona Family Dentistry, our trained and experienced team will go out of their way to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment.
How can you tell if you need a root canal? The pulp of the tooth contains nerves and blood vessels, and when it becomes infected, you may experience a number of unfortunate symptoms, most notably, intense pain.
In some cases, you’ll feel a shooting pain when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth. You may also have general toothache symptoms or experience heightened sensitivity to cold or heat, even when the source is removed.
Gum tissue surrounding the tooth may become tender and swollen, and the tooth itself may darken. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact the experts at Ramona Family Dentistry for an immediate consultation to see if you need a root canal treatment.
Ramona Family Dentistry works to provide affordable dental care to its patients without compromising on the quality of the materials used.
- As a family dentist we will work to provide you fast and comprehensive dental work so you won’t have to keep coming back for follow up visits.
- We work to make sure that every root canal is created with high quality materials so that they are sure to last for years after they are installed.
Those that require a root canal should seek assistance to minimize the damage that this condition can cause. The sooner you speak to Dr. Sean Feely, the easier it will be for us to correct the damage to your tooth without it spreading beyond control.
If you want to know more about how root canal treatments have improved in recent years, or you would like to get a consultation on how a root canal can help with your tooth troubles, you can call us at (760) 789-0170.