Root Canal Procedure
Tooth decay can sometimes require a root canal, which is a procedure where the inside of the tooth is cleaned out and then sealed. A root canal is done to ensure abscesses do not develop and infection doesn’t spread to the nearby tissue. Getting a root canal sooner rather than later can make all the difference, as root canals performed on an early infection are generally pain-free.
The phrase root canal is derived from the description of the hollow area inside the center of the tooth. Located inside the root canal is what is called the pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s nerve. The nerve is not essential to oral health and solely serves a sensory function.
After a root canal procedure has been performed, the access hole made will be filled or a crown will be placed.
What Does a Root Canal Entail?
A badly decayed and infected tooth can no longer be fixed with dental fillings and requires a root canal procedure. Whether you’ve ignored a decay for a long time or you’re feeling extreme sensitivity and pain in your teeth, these could be signs pointing towards the immediate need for a root canal treatment.
Being specialists for root canal in Plano, we will guide you through the process. After the initial consultation, local anesthesia is used to numb the area near the infected tooth. Then we will remove the infected pulp and carefully clean the inside of the canal. Next, the gap will be filled and a crown will be placed in the next visit to further protect your tooth. The patient should avoid chewing from the infected side until the crown is placed.
The number of visits depends on individual cases. Less severe cases will require fewer visits. You should wait too long between visits. Without a crown, your tooth is susceptible to fractures. An infected tooth that doesn’t have a protective crown can be impossible to save and might need to be extracted. So, get a crown placement as soon as your tooth and mouth have healed.
In some cases, the infected area isn’t easily accessible or clearly visible. For such situations, we use x-rays to get a complete view of the area. With the help of the latest technology, we are able to generate a digital image within seconds. No dental issue escapes our notice.
Once the procedure is complete, the natural functioning of your tooth will be restored.
Proper aftercare is important to ensure a speedy recovery. After the procedure, you should wait for the numbness to wear off before eating anything. It’s best to stick to soft foods such as bananas, yogurt, and ice cream to avoid putting pressure on the restored tooth. Refrain from eating hard or crunchy foods.
Usually, tooth decay happens when sugary and starchy foods are stuck in your teeth and are broken down by the bacteria, damaging your teeth. So after a root canal, it’s crucial to keep up good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, but avoid being too aggressive. Initially, you can do without flossing, as it might be difficult. Once the area completely heals, you can resume flossing your teeth every day.
At Willow Bend Dental, we are happy to provide your aftercare tips specific to your unique case. Our goal is to help you keep your teeth healthy and strong, even in-between visits.
Does a Root Canal Dentist or Endodontist Perform the Procedure?
A root canal procedure can be performed by a dentist who specializes in providing treatment for an injury to teeth’s dental pulp. Such a specialist is also known as an endodontist. At Willow Bend Dental, we are fully trained and qualified to perform successful root canal procedures. Whether you need a small filling or an extensive root canal procedure, we have the technology to restore your dental health.
Root Canal What to Expect
Deep decay or cavities will continue to get worse if not treated immediately. If you unnecessarily delay a root canal, the infection will spread to other areas of the mouth. This will expose the patient to other dental issues and health risks. So, the earlier a root canal is performed, the less extensive it will be.
Contrary to what you might have heard, a root canal isn’t severely painful. With the advancement in technology and sedation, we are able to perform root canals with minimum discomfort. In terms of pain, the treatment is similar to a dental filling. There might be some pain after the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter medication. The pain will likely subside within a few days of the procedure.
However, if you’re feeling acute pain after the procedure, it’s best to get in touch with your doctor. Abnormally severe pain could be a sign of a complication, don’t ignore it.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you feel pain while biting food? Are your teeth overly sensitive to cold or hot foods? Our dental office is dedicated to restoring your teeth as soon as possible. We can identify tooth decay and start the root canal process on the same day. Schedule an appointment today.
If you’re needing a root canal performed or have questions, please contact our practice in Plano for more information.