With endodontic treatment at HomeTown Dental at Irving you can save an infected tooth with a root canal procedure. Root canals are a common procedure and it is no worse than getting a filling and virtually painless.
A root canal is required when the soft center (pulp chamber) of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels becomes infected. This happens if bacteria in your mouth reach the pulp chamber because your tooth is damaged with a hairline crack, or you have tooth decay.
The procedure simply involves removing all the infected tissue and debris from the inside of the tooth, cleaning the chamber down to the roots, and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. Once a root canal procedure has been carried out, there is no reason why your tooth should not last you for a lifetime, providing you have a good oral cleaning routine.
How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?
Only a dentist will be able to confirm whether you need a root canal. However, there are warning signs and symptoms you should be aware of.
Although some people do not experience any pain or discomfort, the majority of people do. It may be present all the time, or it may come-and-go. You may be able to pinpoint the tooth in question, or you may feel pain elsewhere in your jaw, face, or other teeth.
Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink may be a sign that you need a root canal, particularly if the pain remains once you have stopped eating or drinking. Tooth sensitivity may be painfully sharp, or it could be a dull ache.
Swollen gums surrounding the painful tooth may be a sign. The swelling may be tender or painful, particularly if you touch it. It may ooze foul-tasting pus freely with light pressure.
A tooth may become discolored as a result of an infection in the pulp. Damage to the root roots caused by the breakdown of tissue can give a gray looking appearance.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Root canal procedures are not painful. If anything, the treatment will more likely alleviate pain and discomfort. Before the treatment commences, the area around your tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic. Like a tooth filling procedure, the anesthetic will wear off a few hours after the procedure, and while you may experience a little sensitivity, things should return to normal after a day or two.
How Do I Prevent a Root Canal?
An effective teeth-cleaning regime and good oral hygiene habits are the best methods of preventing problems requiring root canal treatment. There really is no shortcut but given that recommendations are that you should brush your teeth for only two minutes twice daily, you should be able to make time for this - and flossing between the teeth at the beginning and end of every day.
You should also visit the dentist once every 6 months (or as often as they recommend) for an exam, and try to limit your intake of sugary, starchy food and drink that sticks to the teeth and makes a hospitable environment for bacteria.
If you think you need a root canal, contact one of our experts at HomeTown Dental at Irving by phoning (682) 204-5777.