Dental patients often have root canals to save damaged or infected teeth. Through the root canal process, the dentist removes the damaged area within the tooth, called the pulp, and then reseals the tooth afterwards. The pulp may be damaged due to prior trauma, a cavity, cracked teeth or an infection. By cleaning the inside of the tooth’s root, the dentist can remove that bacteria to create a healthier tooth and overall healthier oral hygiene.

If you are having any kind of tooth or jaw pain, it is important to visit your dentist to see what the cause is and if a root canal is necessary. The longer you wait to get treatment, the more infected the tooth will likely get and the worse the procedure will be. Visit your dentist to get an x-ray and see if a root canal is the right treatment for your oral pain. If so, you will be put under anesthesia and the dentist will remove the diseased pulp and replace it with a filling. After cleaning and disinfecting, the dentist will seal the tooth. Oftentimes, the dentist will choose to place a crown or cap on top of the tooth to give it extra protection, though this is not always the case. This whole process might take up to two visits if the dentist wants to leave time for the root to drain before putting a permanent crown on top, that is something you will discuss with the dentist at the time of the appointment.

After having a root canal, it’s important to maintain great oral hygiene to maintain the procedure and the crown, and prevent you from needing this procedure again and to prevent it from happening to another tooth in the future. You may experience pain and tenderness after the procedure, but should otherwise have no problems, if you do, always call your dentist for further information and to see what is going on and if there is additional treatment or medication needed. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, pressure, or sensitivity to the heat and cold that lingers after the hot or cold object has been removed, it might be a sign that a root canal is needed. Another sign to watch for is darkening of the painful tooth and swollen gums. Call your dentist if you think you might be in need of a root canal so you can discuss your pain and treatment options!

Call us today to schedule an appointment for you, your family members, or anyone who thinks they might need a root canal by calling us today at (734) 525-2552  , and don’t forget about our emergency number in case you have a dental emergency and need immediate help at (734) 634-4077.