A root canal is a restorative dental procedure in which your Center for Advanced Dentistry provider cleans, disinfects, and repairs the inside of your tooth, or its pulp, to restore it and protect the tooth from future damage. You might need a root canal if your tooth is severely decayed or infected.
Some signs and symptoms that indicate you might need a root canal include:
The earlier you seek treatment for tooth pain, the better the chance your dentist can save your tooth.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for a root canal, your Center for Advanced Dentistry specialist asks about your symptoms and reviews your oral health history. They take dental X-rays and examine your teeth and gums. In the case of severe decay or trauma, an extraction might be the best option. For minor decay or tooth damage, your dentist might recommend a tooth-colored dental filling or crown instead of a root canal.
If a root canal is the best dental restoration procedure for you, your dentist can numb the treatment area so you don’t feel any pain during the process. They then make an opening at the top of your tooth and remove the pulp or tissue in the inner tooth chamber.
Your provider cleans the canals, uses medication to get rid of bacteria, and fills root canals with specialized dental materials or a tiny post to support a crown. Crowns are like caps that fit over your teeth to protect them from future damage and decay. The team at Center for Advanced Dentistry creates custom, long-lasting crowns to give you the best result.
After a root canal, your tooth might feel a little sensitive for a few days. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed for relief. Care for your teeth at home by brushing twice a day and flossing your teeth daily. Call your dentist if a crown becomes loose or damaged and attend routine dental cleanings and exams every six months.
Don’t let tooth pain progress into serious oral health problems. Schedule an appointment with dental experts at the Center for Advanced Dentistry by calling the office or booking a visit online today.
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