Root Canal Treatment
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are a restorative dental treatment for seriously damaged or infected teeth. The inner part of the tooth, the pulp chamber, can get infected or inflamed, resulting in excruciating pain, sensitivity, and other oral health problems since the pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The internal pulp of the tooth must be removed, the canals cleaned and disinfected, and filled to stop the infection from spreading.
Why Is a Root Canal Necessary?
When a tooth’s pulp becomes infected or damaged, it can lead to severe pain, swelling, and even abscesses. The infection can spread without timely intervention, causing bone loss and tooth loss. A root canal addresses these issues by removing the infected pulp, cleaning the area, and sealing it with a filling material to prevent recurrence. By preserving the natural tooth structure, a root canal enables patients to maintain their oral health and avoid more extensive dental procedures, such as extractions or dental implants.
Root Canal Treatment
Greenwood Dental Smiles dental professionals possess specialized expertise in root canal treatments. We utilize advanced techniques and the latest dental technology, offering precise and efficient root canal treatments. Greenwood Dental Smiles employs digital imaging and modern tools to provide accurate and comfortable treatments, from diagnosing the need for a root canal to the actual procedure. Our commitment to staying at the forefront of dentistry advancements ensures optimal patient outcomes.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Relief from Pain
One of the primary benefits of root canal treatment is the alleviation of severe toothache and discomfort. When a tooth’s pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause intense pain radiating to the jaw, head, or even the ear. By removing the infected pulp and cleaning the tooth’s root canal system, a root canal provides relief from the persistent and often excruciating pain associated with dental infections.
Unlike tooth extraction, which involves removing the entire tooth, root canal treatment aims to save the natural tooth structure. This is achieved by removing the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth and disinfecting the root canals. Once the canals are cleaned and shaped, they are filled with biocompatible material and sealed to prevent reinfection. By preserving the natural tooth, a root canal eliminates the need for more extensive restorative procedures, such as dentures, implants, or bridges. Retaining your natural tooth also helps maintain proper jawbone density and supports your mouth’s overall structure.
Improved Oral Health
Dental infections can have serious oral health consequences. If left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to abscesses, which are pockets of pus that develop around the tooth’s root. These abscesses can cause swelling, bone loss, and damage to the surrounding teeth and gums. By removing the infected pulp and sealing the tooth, a root canal treatment prevents the spread of bacteria and the formation of abscesses, promoting improved oral health. It also eliminates the risk of infection spreading to other body parts through the bloodstream, which leads to systemic health issues.
Once a root canal is completed, your dentist can restore the treated tooth with a dental crown or filling. This restoration provides structural support to the tooth and restores its functionality. Once your tooth is repaired, you can chew and speak normally without restrictions. Additionally, the crown or filling used to restore the tooth improves its appearance, allowing you to regain a natural-looking and confident smile.
Root canal treatment is often more cost-effective than a tooth extraction, followed by tooth replacement options like dentures, implants, or bridges. While the initial cost of a root canal may be higher than a simple extraction, the long-term benefits of preserving your natural tooth and avoiding further dental work make it a cost-effective choice in the long run.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
After a root canal treatment, a temporary filling is placed over the access hole. It is important to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until a permanent restoration, such as a crown or filling, is placed. Sensitivity to temperature and pressure or mild discomfort is normal and usually subsides within a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. If the pain persists or worsens after a few days, contact your dentist.
Eating soft foods, such as yogurt or mashed potatoes, and brushing and flossing daily to keep the treated area clean are aftercare instructions your dentist may suggest.
Individual experiences may vary, and following your dental professional’s specific instructions is essential. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact your dentist for guidance and support.
Root Canal Treatment at Greenwood Dental Smiles
Greenwood Dental Smiles, led by Dr. Jillian Samela and Dr. Diane Scearce, provides exceptional root canal treatment in Greenwood, Indiana. Our skilled dentists, advanced technology, patient-centered approach, and commitment to excellence can restore your dental health and give you a confident smile.
To learn more about root canal treatments and other dental services, please contact our office at 317-885-7760.