A root canal is a restorative procedure during which your dentist repairs the root of a tooth that’s infected and/or severely decayed. Tooth decay can cause serious oral health problems, like permanent tooth loss and bone loss, if it’s not treated. A root canal saves the tooth and prevents later complications.
When in doubt, schedule an appointment with Smile Dental to determine if you’re a candidate for a root canal. Symptoms that indicate you might need one include:
To find out if you need a root canal, your Smile Dental team reviews your symptoms and oral health history. They then examine your teeth and gums and take dental X-rays.
If tooth decay is mild, your dentist might recommend a dental filling, dental bonding, or a crown. If tooth decay or infection is severe and your dentist can’t save your tooth, they might suggest extraction (pulling the tooth). The earlier you’re treated, the easier it is for your dentist to restore your tooth.
A root canal at Smile Dental is a painless, comfortable procedure. Your dentist first numbs the treatment area to avoid any discomfort. They create a hole in the top part of your tooth to gain access to the tooth’s pulp. After clearing out any decay and infection, your provider cleans the inside of the tooth, fills it with a special dental material, and seals it shut.
After getting a root canal, they can digitally scan your mouth and cover your newly restored tooth with a temporary crown. The treatment site might feel a little tender for a few days. You can ice the area if needed or take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your dentist.
When your permanent crown is ready, you return to Smile Dental. Your provider makes sure that it fits the way it should and permanently bonds it to the treated tooth, protecting and strengthening it.
Take care of your newly restored tooth by adopting exceptional oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth after meals, floss at least once a day, and don’t chew on ice or other hard objects. Eat a healthy diet rich in high-fiber foods but low in added sugar.
You should also see the Smile Dental team every six months for professional teeth cleanings and dental exams.
If your tooth hurts and you suspect decay or infection, schedule a same-day visit at Smile Dental. Call the office today or book an appointment online.