Root Canal Treatment: A Tooth Saving Technique

If you have in the past or are currently suffering from nerve damage due to an infection or decay in the tooth, the best solution is always a root canal. Many with dental phobia make the argument that tooth extraction is faster, safer, and less painful. We’re here to discuss why root canals are the best option for those with infection and decay, and how this procedure can save your teeth.

Procedure Involved in Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment can be done in one or more visits to your dentist depending on the circumstances and symptoms of your infected tooth. A local anesthetic is applied to the affected area; then a rubber dam may be placed surrounding the area to keep the infection from spreading to a different tooth. A hole is then created in the tooth to access the root canal to retrieve the pulp of the tooth that contains nerve endings and blood vessels. The empty space is then thoroughly disinfected and the hole filled and sealed using a dental filling. A tooth that has had a root canal may also be restored with a crown if done in the back of the mouth.

Tips to Follow After Root Canal Treatment

Following a root canal treatment these tips will help with the pain and resting process to prevent further infection:

  • If you are suffering from a prolonged period of pain, be sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Continue to follow proper hygiene habits and clean the tooth and gums as you normally should where your root canal occurred.
  • Be sure not to place too much pressure on either side of your mouth following a root canal.
  • Avoid any hard, chewy, or crunchy food after treatment.

If you still have any questions concerning root canals, contact us at Edinburg Family Dentistry. We’re eager to speak with you and would love to schedule an appointment for you or a family member. Give us a call or send us an email anytime!

How Often Do I Need a Teeth Cleaning?

Teeth are a wonderful thing. They are designed to last you a lifetime and can take a serious beating and years of neglect before even sending you a single signal of pain. Once you get that pain, though, there may already be a problem. Regular teeth cleaning can be done to prevent a cavity or pain from ever surfacing. The American Dental Association recommends a teeth cleaning anywhere from every 3-6 months. Even if this sounds like a lot, the suggestion is made with your health in mind.

Why Do I Need Cleanings So Often?

If you can’t remember the last you’ve had a cleaning, it is time to set up an appointment right now. The suggestion to get a cleaning every 3-6 months is made because that is how quickly things can change in your mouth. In just 6 months, a cavity can begin to form, and its damage may become irreversible if left unchecked.

What Can I Expect at My Dental Cleaning?

You can expect a clean and fresh mouth for one thing! Cleanings typically begin with a hygienist polishing and flossing your teeth. Then your teeth will be scraped of harmful plaque, and your enamel will be checked for soft spots. Most of the time the cleaning will be finished off with a fluoride treatment to restore damaged enamel.

How Should I Prepare for My Dental Cleaning?

When it comes to your dental cleaning, it should be a relaxing experience. Not much is expected of you except to bring your ID and insurance card. Besides that, come to the dentist after brushing your teeth with any questions you might have for the dentist.

If you have any more questions about dental cleanings, feel free to give us a call or stop into the office today!