Root canal therapy, also known as a root canal, is a dental procedure that involves treating the pulp of a tooth that is infected
Root canal therapy, also known as a root canal, is a dental procedure that involves treating the pulp of a tooth that is infected. The pulp, which is composed of living connective tissue, can get infected when a tooth is cracked, or a cavity has progressed to the point that the infection has spread to the pulp.
Root canal therapy is unfortunately a common procedure and is the only way to save a natural tooth once the bacteria has infected the pulp. If the tooth is not treated soon, the likely conclusion will be an extraction.
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Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
To understand if you might need a root canal, it is first important to understand the different symptoms of the pulp of a tooth that is becoming infected.
Good or bad, it will be obvious that there is something wrong once the pulp of your tooth becomes infected. This is because most likely you will be experiencing a great deal of discomfort, or even pain.
Some of the symptoms of an infected root pulp include:
- A severe toothache.
- Pain while trying to bite and chew.
- A swelling of the gums.
- Pain when you apply pressure to the tooth.
- Changes in the shade or color of the tooth.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should call for an appointment with Vita Dental as soon as possible.
It is also important to understand why root canal therapy needs to be done. Some of these reasons include:
- Trauma to the Tooth
- Tooth Decay
- Fracture of the Tooth
- Dead Tooth Nerve
Do not allow the issue to persist longer than it needs to. Take care of your infected tooth as soon as you can.
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The Root Canal Procedure
The first step of a root canal is visiting Vita Dental for an examination. At this evaluation we will look at the tooth and determine what the issue is. If it is just some minor decay, you may only need the decay removed and a cavity filled. If the pulp is indeed infected, though, we next need to decide whether the tooth can be saved.
Once we make the decision to proceed with a root canal, we will start the treatment by first administering a local anesthesia to relieve and prevent any discomfort. Once the tooth is sufficiently numb, we will drill a small hole and remove the damaged pulp from the pulp chamber and the roots. We will then disinfect the root canal system. Once the inside chamber and the roots of the tooth are clean, a rubbery like material will be used to fill the cleaned system. We then seal the tooth to prevent any further infection. If the tooth had a significant amount of decay, Vita Dental may recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to ensure the strength of the tooth.
Most root canals can be completed in one visit, but it could take more than one visit depending on the amount and type of treatment that is required.
Is a Root Canal Procedure Painful?
Relatively speaking, having an infection in the pulp of a tooth is quite painful, and the actual procedure to remove the infection is relatively painless. Do not allow the fear of a root canal to prevent you from getting the proper care that your tooth needs. If you do not get a root canal, you risk the tooth being damaged to the point where it can no longer be repaired. Once this has occurred, your only option will be extraction.
Pulpotomy is the dental term that is used for a root canal for a child. Keep in mind that your child’s primary teeth are still softer than your teeth, and therefore are more susceptible to decay. Because of this, they are also more likely to get a tooth infection. A pulpotomy is a similar procedure to a root canal for an adult. Vita Dental will decide if pulpotomy is necessary for your child by examining the tooth for decay and infection.
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If you have questions about Vita Dental or any of the procedures we offer, please contact our office at (317) 288-4226 or via an online contact form. We will gladly schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your treatment options.
There is no special type of aftercare that is necessary after a root canal. It is important, though, for you to contact Vita Dental if there are any complications after your procedure. If you notice any pain, swelling or pressure that lasts for a few days, this might be from a lingering infection. Contact us to make an appointment if this is the case.
You can Avoid a Root Canal
Root canal therapy can usually be avoided with proper oral care. By brushing your teeth twice every day, flossing and rinsing out your mouth at least once a day, you can prevent infections and tooth decay. If you do notice any discomfort, pressure or swelling in or around a tooth, call and make an appointment as soon as possible.
It is also extremely important to visit Vita Dental at least twice a year. During these regular checkups, we will be able to catch any cavities that might be forming. We can fill the cavities at this time as well. This will help you to avoid needing a root canal therapy later.
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The thoughtful and caring team at Vita Dental is confident that you will always be comfortable in our comprehensive office. As you arrive for your appointment, we will treat you like family because you are both our friends and our neighbors. We focus our every effort on providing you exceptional, high quality dental care in a relaxing environment. Give us a call today at 317-288-4226 with any questions regarding an evaluation and a consultation for a possible root canal, or any concerns you might have.
Vita Dental is a modern dental practice serving Fishers, Indiana, and the surrounding communities. You can find Vita Dental at 11630 Olio Rd, #100, Fishers, IN 46037.