Although a root canal is often a dreaded procedure, it’s not what causes your pain; instead, it alleviates the pain of an infected tooth root in order to help save the tooth’s structure. At Leesville Dental Studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, the team of expert providers can diagnose a tooth that needs a root canal and perform the procedure, so you feel better. To find out if a root canal may be an option to benefit your oral health, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
A root canal procedure removes the infected pulp of a tooth and replaces it with a biocompatible material. This saves the structure of the tooth, so you still have optimal function and appearance of the tooth. The pulp necessary for a tooth’s growth and development and contains blood vessels and nerves. But after the tooth is mature, this pulp isn’t necessary for its integrity.
Sometimes you’ll have no symptoms, and the infection at the pulp is only evident on an X-ray performed at your regular checkup. Symptoms that you have an infected tooth that needs a root canal include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact your dentist to find out if a root canal could be an option to help relieve your pain.
A root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you feel very little during the procedure. However, it can leave you feeling a little sensitive and sore for a few days afterward. Over-the-counter pain medications can help relieve the immediate discomfort.
If the pain lasts longer than a few days, contact the team at Leesville Dental Studio root canal should alleviate the pain you felt from the infected tooth.
A member of the dental team at Leesville Dental Studio numbs the area around the affected tooth. Your provider then makes a mall hole in the tooth and scrapes out all signs of infection. As they place a solution inside to kill bacteria and then add gutta-percha, a rubbery material, to fill in the area where the pulp was. Then they seal the site, and the root canal is complete.
A root canal is usually fitted with a crown, or cap, to protect the vulnerable site. A crown is usually made from porcelain and matches the look of your other teeth.
For more information about root canals and to find out if you might need one, call Leesville Dental Studio or book an appointment online.