Fixing An Infected Tooth
Advanced Dental Care can perform root canal therapy, when necessary, in their office. Root canal therapy is sometimes necessary when the inside of the tooth has been damaged by injury, decay, or disease.
What is the Root Canal?
Unlike an unwanted dental cavity, your teeth have a needed, natural cavity located in the center of your tooth. The name of this cavity is the “root canal.” Containing a soft area known as the pulp, or pulp chamber, and the nerve of the tooth, the root canal area serves as the housing for the nerve that detects the sensations of hot and cold. Sometimes, dental issues will require the removal of the nerve; however, do not worry. Even though that tooth no longer detects the sensations hot and cold, it can still function and support good dental health.
Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?
Over time, injury, decay, or disease may damage the nerve and tissues inside of your tooth. How? Cracks, breaks, or large cavities allow the pulp area of your tooth exposure to elements that damage the nerve and pulp tissue, and when the cracks, breaks, or cavities are not rectified, the blood vessels and tissues become infected. Although the blood vessels and tissues transport nutrients and waste to and from the tooth, if they are infected, the correct dental decision is to remove the infected inner area to preserve the tooth. In the past, treatments required the complete removal of the tooth. Now, modern research, technology, and sedation dentistry allow Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, to perform a procedure called root canal treatment. Working with minimal discomfort to you, Dr. Koch can retain and restore your tooth for you, usually in a single visit to the office.
Symptoms that Lead to Root Canal Treatment
Much to your surprise, after your dental check up, Advanced Dental Care may recommend a root canal. You might be surprised because sometimes symptoms are present, but you are not experiencing any pain or discomfort. During your dental exam, Dr. Koch determines if your dental health warrants root canal treatment, but if you experience any of the following symptoms, any time, you may require a root canal.
- Gums that are swollen and tender
- Teeth that darken
- Gums that develop a white bump that resembles a pimple
- Teeth that sense a lingering pain when exposed to hot or cold foods or drinks
- Teeth that sense intense pain while chewing
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment requires Dr. Koch to remove the affected nerves and surrounding tissue inside of your tooth. He then cleans and closes up the interior area of your tooth. Next, Dr. Koch fills the cavity with a synthetic dental composite that replaces the removed pulp tissue and nerve. Lastly, he seals the outer surface of your tooth preventing foreign elements to enter the root canal area. Most times, Advanced Dental Care suggests topping the repaired tooth with a dental crown for strength and restorative purposes.
What Should I Expect after the Root Canal?
Because root canal treatment irritates the tissue surrounding your tooth, your tooth maintains sensitive for a few days after the procedure, especially if your tooth had infection or pain prior to the root canal. Advanced Dental Care will recommend anti-inflammatory medications and pain medications to help you during these days, and although you may experience some minor discomfort, normally, you can resume normal activities the following day.
Long term? After your root canal, when you maintain good dental care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.