A root canal treatment removes decay and debris from the pulpy interior of a tooth.The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerves that help your tooth grow and become strong. Despite the negative reputation of a root canal, advances in dental technology have made the treatment less painful than you’d imagine. It’s much like a routine cavity filling.
Root canals are often performed to remove decay from the interior of a tooth and prevent it from requiring extraction. In addition to deep decay, you may also have a root canal to repair damage from a faulty crown or a crack or chip in your tooth. They can help prevent the need for repeated dental procedures.
Signs that you might need a root canal treatment include:
Saving your natural teeth is always preferred to extraction, as having your natural teeth ensures efficient chewing, a normal bite, a natural appearance, and protection and support to the neighboring teeth.
During a root canal, Dr. Sweeny first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then she makes a small opening in your tooth and carefully removes any decayed tissue or debris with specially designed dental tools. She checks her progress frequently to avoid removing too much healthy tissue.
After the interior of your tooth is cleaned, she fills your tooth and seals it with an adhesive cement. At this point, Dr. Sweeny either applies a filling, or if the decay was extensive and your tooth was severely weakened, she fits a crown to protect your tooth.
Dr. Sweeny gives you personalized care instructions after your root canal. In general, you will continue to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. You shouldn’t experience pain after a root canal, although you may find the treated tooth and surrounding tissue a little tender. You can take over-the-counter pain medication or apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling or discomfort.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, call or make an appointment online today.
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