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Root Canals

diagram of a root canal with needle in tooth removing pulp

Do you have tooth pain?  You may have tooth decay that has spread to the inner part of the tooth where the nerves are.  A root canal can save the tooth and prevent further infection.  If you experience this, call us quickly so we can get you the help you need.

About Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal and when is it necessary?

When a tooth is cracked or severely decayed, it can lead to infection and inflammation inside the inner part of the tooth, called the pulp. This inflammation can cause quite a bit of pain and sensitivity to the tooth. When this happens, a root canal treatment is often recommended. 

A root canal removes the inflamed or infected pulp from the tooth to prevent further infection and protect the tooth from further damage. This treatment is the best way to relieve pain and prevent losing the tooth as well. 

Root canal treatment is highly successful in preserving natural teeth at a rate of 95% or more. A root canal treatment, when needed, can restore your smile to its normal look and feel and prevent the need for a dental implant. 

What is the procedure like?

Root canal procedures can be done in a dentist’s office and will typically require more than one visit. After confirming the best treatment for you through x-rays and an exam, the procedure will consist of a few steps. 

 

First, the dentist will remove an area from the crown of the tooth to remove the infection.

Next, the dentist will use dental cement to fill the canals, covering and protecting the root. 

The last step usually involves placing a temporary filling and scheduling your next appointment when the permanent tooth restoration is performed. 

What aftercare is necessary?

Although root canal treatments have a bad reputation, the recovery is less painful and difficult than many other dental procedures. Over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen can help with the swelling and pain in your mouth, although it should not be severe. 

  • Stay away from very hot beverages or foods to avoid burns. 

  • Eat soft foods for the first few days and try to chew on the opposite side from the root canal treatment site. 

  • Carefully continue to brush your teeth, including the tooth that was treated. Just be gentle. 

  • Take any medications prescribed by the dentist and follow instructions closely to prevent infection and further treatment.

  • Attend future follow-up appointments at Townsley Family Dentistry. 

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