A root canal dental procedure reduces pain and saves an infected tooth. The tooth roots and tissues inside your teeth, known as the pulp, can become infected if bacteria get into a damaged or diseased tooth.
The infected pulp is often extremely painful because it contains nerves. Root canal treatment stops the infection from spreading and preserves the outer part of your tooth, so you don’t need to have it replaced.
Root canals have a reputation for being painful. But with modern anesthetics and treatment techniques, you shouldn’t experience any significant discomfort.
Common symptoms of an infected tooth that might require a root canal include:
You might also develop a small bump that resembles a pimple on your gum.
Pain from an infected tooth can come on rapidly and may be severe. If you develop a severe toothache, call the emergency dentistry number at Preva Dental. You might need an X-ray to determine the extent of the infection and antibiotics to destroy the bacteria.
Before beginning your root canal, your provider at Preva Dental applies a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. They also put a small film of rubber or a dental dam over the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during your root canal procedure.
When the anesthetic has taken effect, your provider makes a tiny incision in the tooth to access the diseased pulp. They use delicate instruments to extract the dead and diseased pulp, frequently washing the tooth to clear any debris. It’s vital to remove every trace of infection to ensure the bacteria can’t multiply again.
When the tooth is clean, your provider packs the hollow area. Any discomfort is usually easily manageable with over-the-counter pain medicines. After your root canal, you might have a filling or crown on the tooth.
If you suspect you have an infection in your tooth, let Preva Dental take care of it with their expertise in root canals. Call the office today or book an appointment online.