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!