A root canal cleans the pulp chamber and canals of a tooth infected due to decay or injury. The tooth's damaged and infected inner tissue is removed during a root canal procedure. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before the tooth is sealed with a protective material called gutta-percha. Once in place, this filling material protects the tooth from future damage and restores it to its full function. At Smile Fresh Dental Grand Blanc, the dentist may place a crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Symptoms Of Root Canal
- Severe toothaches
- Dark or discolored teeth
- Pain when you chew food
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Swelling around gums
- Inability to bite down
- Neck pain
The Advantages Of A Root Canal
While many people dread getting a root canal, the advantages far outweigh the minor discomforts one might experience during the procedure. A patient’s tooth will be restored to a healthy state after completing the process. You might also have an improved appearance if your damaged or discolored tooth is restored to its original color. Plus, you won’t have to worry about tooth pain that results from an infected tooth. Your mouth will function normally once the infection is gone.
The Procedure For Root Canal
A root canal is performed using local anesthetic and sedation, so you will not feel discomfort during the procedure. An opening is made into the tooth, and the pulp is removed. The inside of the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected, and then the opening is closed with a dental crown or filling. The entire procedure is typically completed in one visit. You may also need additional appointments for a follow-up exam and cleaning. Before you leave, your dentist will provide instructions for caring for your tooth at home.
If you have an infection, a root canal will resolve it by removing the diseased tissue from the tooth's inner chamber. After the procedure, you will still need to practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing daily. You should also attend your scheduled dental exams and cleanings every six months. You may develop more cavities or need future root canal treatment if you do not maintain good oral health.
A root canal can relieve severe pain caused by infected pulp or nerves inside the tooth. If you are experiencing any symptoms of an infected tooth, contact Smile Fresh Dental Grand Blanc at 500 Perry Rd Suite 205, Grand Blanc 48439, or call 810-777-7295. They will examine your mouth and take x-rays to determine if you could benefit from a root canal treatment.