Root canals are required when the soft tissue inside the root canal of a tooth is inflamed or infected. In most cases root canals are from bacteria, or an injury to the tooth. This causes an infection, and in order to save a tooth a root canal must be done. Root canals must be treated promptly to avoid more serious issues or further infection.
Patients may experience symptoms that indicate they need a root canal, but in some cases patients have no symptoms. Issues that lead to root canals are sometimes found during our regular dental exams. At Family Dental Care in Merrillville, IN, we recommend patients attend their regular visits to our office, and contact us immediately if patients experience any symptoms of needing a root canal.
What are Symptoms Indicating You May Need a Root Canal?
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth injury
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling around the gums or teeth
- Prolonged pain around the tooth
- Pain while eating or chewing
How Does the Root Canal Process Work?
The first step is to take an x-ray which helps Dr. Sim’s team check for infection and allows our team to view the shape of the root canal. Local anesthesia is used to help keep patients comfortable and relaxed. Root canal therapy usually requires multiple appointments, and this depends on the severity of the infection.
A rubber sheet or dental dam is then placed around the tooth to keep bacteria out and to protect the patient. The infected pulp is removed, and the area is cleaned and sealed. The area is cleaned with a special antimicrobial solution, and is handled carefully to ensure the solution does not leak or leave the area. The sealant is a rubber-like material that is heated up and compressed into the root canal. Once this is done the ends of the sealant are melted off using a tool with a heated tip. If a crown is required we provide temporary crowns until your permanent crown is ready.
How is the Recovery After a Root Canal?
Recovery after a root canal procedure is minimal. Patients may experience some pain or sensitivity around the area, but this should subside after a few days. Patients can return to normal activity shortly after their root canal procedure. If patients have prolonged pain or sensitivity that does not go away, we recommend that you contact our dental office in Merrillville, IN to be seen immediately.
Root canals are very common, and are safe and effective. The success rate for root canals is 95%, and they can fail occasionally. This is typically due to a fracture in the tooth, loose crown, or further decay. Root canals stop the spread of infection and preserve both your tooth and jawbone.
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If you are looking for a root canal in Merrillville,our team is here to help! We provide patients with many services to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. With convenient scheduling and high end technology, we provide our patients with exceptional service. Our office welcomes patients with many amenities, and is comfortable and family-friendly.
Contact our Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Merrillville, IN today to schedule a consultation, and learn more about how you can benefit from root canal therapy.