Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth’s root becomes infected, most often as a result of gum disease or cavities that are ignored for too long, a root canal may be the only option to restore the tooth before an extraction is necessary. During a root canal treatment, the dentist is able to remove the decayed portions of the tooth and clean out the infection, leaving you with a healthy tooth, fortified with a crown.
If you have severe tooth pain or discomfort, especially when you eat, drink, or brush, you may have a tooth infection. If caught early enough, an infection can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by your dentist, saving you money and time at the dentist.
When signs of an infection or even a large cavity appear, don’t ignore them. The friendly dentists at Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station can repair and restore your tooth before the situation worsens and ultimately requires a dental extraction. We can also discuss other dental options you may want to consider, including dental whitening, dental implants, or dental veneers.
Symptoms of a Root Infection
There are many symptoms and causes of a root infection which should never be ignored.
- Severe tooth pain, throbbing, or discomfort
- Difficulty eating, drinking, or brushing
- Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
- Pain in cracked, chipped or damaged teeth
If any of these apply to you, see us immediately. When a tooth infection goes unattended to, it continues to decay the infected tooth until there is nothing left. The only way to save your infected tooth may be a root canal treatment from Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station.
How a Root Canal Treatment Works
The root canal treatment procedure takes typically one to three hours to clean the infection and a quick follow-up the next week to install the permanent crown. When you arrive at our office in Whitehouse Station, your root canal dentist will discuss the procedure before beginning and answer any questions you may have.
He or she will then numb the affected area, first with a topical numbing agent, then with a local anesthetic. When the area is completely numb, the root canal treatment will begin.
First, your root canal dentist will clean the decayed portions of the tooth, similar to a dental filling procedure. Then, the dentist will use specialized instruments to carefully and safely clean the roots of the tooth. This should not cause any pain. If you experience pain at any point, notify your root canal dentist.
Once the roots and decayed materials are clean, your dentist will prepare the remaining tooth to be fitted with a protective crown. You will have a temporary crown installed while the permanent one is being made. Our friendly staff will schedule your follow-up before sending you on your way healthy and pain-free!
Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment Today
At Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station, we serve residents of Lebanon, Tewksbury, and beyond with comprehensive dental surgery options, from cosmetic dentistry to dentures and even emergency dental care.
If you live near Tewksbury or Lebanon and are experiencing any degree of tooth pain, sensitivity, or discomfort, do not ignore it. Schedule an appointment today and let our expert dentists at Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station relieve your pain and restore your teeth. Make an appointment with our dentists for a root canal or even a routine dental cleaning by calling [acf field=”header_phone_number” or scheduling online.