Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. Most teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
SYMPTOMS FOR POSSIBLE ROOT CANAL THERAPY
An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
Sensitivity to hot and cold.
Severe toothache pain.
Sometimes no symptoms are present.
Swelling and/or tenderness.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
If you need an extraction, we will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, we will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot. Healing may be uncomfortable to appropriate medication will be prescribed during healing period.
TIPS TO MAKE RECOVERY EASIER:
-Avoid eating sticky, crunchy, or hot foods that would dislodge or dissolve your blood clot
-Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
-Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
We don’t want you to experience any un-needed pain or discomfort. We gladly accept emergencies and walk ins. Our office is equipped with Nitrous Oxide and appropriate premedication can be prescribed to calm any potential anxiety. Whatever we are unable to complete in our office we will refer you and coordinate all communication with our trusted specialists in the area.
Contact our office (firstname.lastname@example.org) / 443-712-7200 for an appointment.