Root canals are a safe, effective treatment that we use to restore abscessed teeth. Root canal therapy treats the center of a tooth (the pulp) that's inflamed, infected, or dead. This soft pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Here's what you need to know before your next appointment.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
We always recommend that you call our office if you're experiencing a toothache. That way, we'll be able to diagnose and treat the source of the pain as soon as possible.
Symptoms of infection include:
- Persistent toothache
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to heat and cold
- Pain when biting down and chewing
- Swollen, tender gums
- Pimple on the gums
- Darkening of the tooth
Contact Nichols Family Dentistry if you experience any of these symptoms.
Also, keep in mind that it's possible to not experience any symptoms if you have an abscessed tooth. That's why it's so important that you see us every 6 months for routine preventive care.
During your appointment, we're able to examine the inside of your mouth and take X-rays. This allows us to detect oral health issues before they have the chance to worsen.
What to Expect
Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp from the tooth chamber and canals. We then clean the canals with a disinfecting solution. For your comfort, we'll provide local anesthesia or sedation during the root canal.
After treatment, we'll place a temporary filling. This will protect your tooth until your permanent dental crown is ready. We'll place the crown during your second appointment when you return to our office.
Your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days. You may relieve this discomfort with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications, as directed.
Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have your full restoration. If a problem occurs, contact Nichols Family Dentistry.