What is a Root Canal?
The main objective of this procedure is to remove a severe infection from the tooth. This can usually be accomplished within one or two visits.
When Would I Need a Root Canal?
When the soft tissue, or pulp, inside the root canal becomes infected it begins to get inflamed. Ignoring this inflammation can allow an abscess to form around the root along with unnecessary pain. Here are the most common signs a root canal may be needed
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat and or cold
- Swelling, tenderness, and drainage in the lymph nodes
- Tender when chewing or area is touched
- Tooth discoloration
What Happens During a Root Canal?
You will receive a local anesthetic to ensure the tooth and surrounding area are numb before work begins. Dr. Sim will then create an opening in the top of the tooth. Once this opening is created he will clean out the infected tissue and then irrigate the area. The patient would also receive a temporary filling, then would schedule for a permanent filling, and then a crown after a root canal.
How Do I Care for a Tooth Afterwards?
It is highly important to follow proper oral hygiene after your root canal. We may recommend coming in for an x-ray to check the tooth and make sure the infection is gone, once you have healed from the procedure. During your routine dental visits, we will check to make sure there are no issues.