A root canal removes the infected or inflamed pulp from a tooth. Tooth pulp contains nerves and blood vessels and makes it possible to feel temperature sensations like hot and cold.
By removing the pulp from the center of a tooth, it’s possible to stop the pain, prevent infection from spreading, and preserve your permanent tooth for years to come.
At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, the team uses root canal therapy to treat pulp damage caused by:
If your teeth are extra sensitive or your gums swell and don’t respond to over-the-counter medication, contact the team at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry immediately.
At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, a root canal takes two visits about a week apart.
First, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to assess the extent of the damage or decay. Next, they numb your mouth and remove the pulp from your tooth.
Your provider cleans your tooth and fills it with gutta-percha. Then, they take impressions of your tooth and put a temporary crown on top.
The team at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry sends your impressions to a dental laboratory. The lab uses your impressions to manufacture a permanent crown that fits your tooth perfectly.
When the lab finishes your permanent crown, you return to Fair Lakes Family Dentistry. Your provider numbs your mouth and bonds the permanent crown to your treated tooth. Then, they provide care instructions.
After a root canal, you’ll probably experience some mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. To speed up the healing process, the team at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry recommends:
If your symptoms persist for more than a few days, or they interfere with your ability to work or exercise, contact the team at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry right away.
If you want to learn more about root canals, don’t wait to make an appointment at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry. Call the office today and speak to a member of the friendly administrative team, or click the online scheduling feature.