What are root canals?
A root canal procedure removes infected bacteria inside the roots of your teeth. Root canals are necessary when an infection has spread to the pulp of your teeth. When disease or decay extends into the base of a tooth, a root canal is likely the best way to save the tooth and avoid extraction (removing the tooth). Contrary to popular belief, root canals are a routine procedure with very minimal risk and little pain.
Do I need a root canal?
If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold, severe pain or throbbing in your mouth, swelling, or an abscess around your tooth, you may need a root canal. Also, if your tooth suffers severe damage or trauma, a root canal may be the best way to save it.
What is the root canal procedure?
Step 1: Dr. Eibling will remove the damaged or decayed “pulp” from your tooth.
Step 2: He will then clean and sterilize the inside of your tooth.
Step 3: Finally, Dr. Eibling will fill the hollow space in your tooth and cover it with a crown for protection.
What should I expect after a root canal?
The Vita Dental team will be sure you are comfortable throughout your procedure, and once completed, they will provide you with instructions for care at home. You may return to work depending on the type of sedation you received. We may suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever for any discomfort you may experience for the next day or two. Also important will be to keep your mouth clean and most importantly, let us know if you have any questions.
Following your root canal, brush and floss routinely to prevent infection and preserve the health of your surrounding teeth. Dr. Eibling will also ask that you abstain from chewing on hard foods and objects that may damage the crown. Additionally, it is vital that you continue scheduling and attending your semi-annual dental hygiene appointments.
If you have a sharp toothache or you think you have another underlying issue, Dr. Eibling and the rest of our team is here to help. Dr. Eibling will thoroughly inspect your teeth and determine the problem. We know that root canal procedures can be intimidating. If we determine that you do need a root canal, relax! Dr. Eibling is exceptionally experienced, and your comfort is our top priority. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at 317-288-4226 or firstname.lastname@example.org