Root Canal Treatments
Sometimes, a dental infection can spread into the roots of a tooth, to an area called the pulp. The pulp is the soft, inner chamber of a tooth that houses nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. An injury to the pulp may also be caused due to trauma. This sort of an infection can cause sensitivity and pain in its early stages. Further spread can lead to a development of pus pockets, causing an abscess.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is an excellent form of treatment that involves the removal of dead and diseased tissue from the pulp, prevents the infection from spreading and restores the healthy portion of your tooth. The treatment is specifically designed to eliminate the pain of the infection and save the tooth from extraction.
What to expect:
Root canal treatment generally involves one to three visits. In the first appointment, we will drill a small hole into the inner chamber of the tooth through the top to gain access to the pulp. The infected tissue is removed, and the chamber is disinfected and cleaned. The tooth canals are reshaped, and the tooth is filled with medication and filling material to prevent reinfection. A crown may be placed over the tooth to protect it.
The tooth will be numb for a few hours following the procedure, which can make eating and drinking difficult. Since the nerves are removed, there can will a loss of sensation in the tooth. You may also experience sensitivity and soreness, which should go away in a couple of weeks. Swelling can also occur and can be subsided with the use of an ice pack applied to the outer cheek. Teeth that have been treated are brittle and need protection and care of a restoration such as a crown.
For more information, please call our practice at (281)394-9988 for a consultation. At our office, we strive to ensure you receive the most relaxing dental experience. Let us know what we can do to achieve this goal. Ask our dentists about sedation dentistry options.