What is a Root Canal?
Do you have bad tooth pain? Is your infected tooth keeping you up at night?
Root canals are a dental procedure used to restore a tooth affected by an infection of the tooth’s root. Typically, root canal infections are caused by advanced tooth decay that has spread into the canal. A dental filling is typically used to fill tooth decay that has not yet reached the canal, however, once the infection has reached the canal and more in depth procedure is required. This routine dental procedure can prevent the need for tooth extraction, helping preserve your natural smile.
Left untreated tooth decay can spread and cause infection in the canal between the tooth and gums. Root canal infections are typically very painful due to inflamed tissue being eaten away by bacteria. Patients may experience swelling, tenderness, and may find it difficult to eat.
The root canal procedure relieves the painful symptoms associated with the infection. Contrary to popular belief, the root canal process is not painful. The pain is coming from your infection so once the infection is removed patients typically report immediate relief.
Root canals are a more conservative alternative to tooth extraction. Whenever possible, our dentist in Plantation, FL will attempt to preserve as much of a natural tooth as possible for a more stable and lasting bite.
We offer a dental implant procedure to replace teeth that are beyond conservative treatments. We recommend that patients always consult a dental professional before determining if a tooth extraction is needed. In our office, it is always our goal to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.
The Root Canal Process at Westside Dental Center
Root canals are typically completed in just one visit to our Plantation, FL dentist office. Most patients can receive the procedure with only the use of a local anesthetic. For patients with dental anxiety, Dr. Dham will discuss sedation dentistry options before treatment. These can include Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, and oral sedation administered via pill. Sedation dentistry calms patients’ nerves, allowing them to go through the procedure without pain or anxiety.
Dr. Dham will begin by removing all decay from the tooth. This will clear out the infected tissue and relieve your tooth pain. A small instrument is inserted into the tooth’s canal to allow for a thorough cleaning. Dr. Dham scrapes the diseased tissue from the root, and then thoroughly cleans the area to prepare for a dental crown.
Before a crown can be placed, your tooth will be shaved down a little to give the crown ample space to attach properly. You will be given a temporary crown while the permanent crown is fabricated. In most cases, it takes about two weeks for your permanent crown to be created.
Most patients who receive a root canal will be fitted with a custom dental crown. A crown is designed to look and function like a natural tooth, matching the exact color, shape, and size, for a beautiful, seamless result. The dental crown fits over the tooth to secure the tooth structure and prevent further infection.
Root Canal FAQs
Do you have more questions about the root canal process? Continue reading to find answers to questions that are frequently asked in our office.
How long does a root canal take to settle down?
On average root canals take a couple of days to a week to fully settle. Patients who experience complications may take longer. If you are still experiencing issues after a week call our office to schedule a visit and we will check to be sure that you are moving along the healing process.
Why does a root canal take 2 visits?
Root canals require two visits because they are a more in-depth procedure. At least two visits are required to ensure that the tooth, cap, and impact is cleaned out, sealed, and protected from any damage.
What should I avoid doing with a root canal?
After a root canal patients should be wary when eating sticky or chewy foods. It is also recommended to wear a night guard at night to avoid damage from potential clenching or grinding. Patients should also be sure to keep up with their oral care routine by brushing and flossing twice daily.
How much rest do you need after a root canal?
After a root canal we recommend that the patient rest for at least 24 hours. Rest helps speed up your recovery time and reduces the risk for potential issues that may occur post procedure.
Are there any restrictions after a root canal?
Do not chew sticky foods, especially gum, after a root canal. Avoid biting ice, pencils, fingernails, and other hard foods and objects. Westside Dental Center recommends that patients try solely using the side of your mouth that is opposite of the root canal when chewing. After a root canal, it’s common to feel some discomfort for a few days, especially when chewing.
Do you need bed rest after a root canal?
After a root canal it is important to get as much sleep as you can. Sleeping well will help you quickly return to your regular routine because your body is able to mend. To lessen the discomfort, as you sleep, elevate your head.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you believe you have a tooth in need of a root canal, contact our dentist in Plantation FL. Sometimes it can be due to other less severe issues. Always consult with a dental professional before concluding your diagnosis. Dr. Uttma Dham is a trusted Broward County, Florida dentist.
She has been providing minimally-invasive treatments to patients in Plantation, FL with excellent long-term results. Request an appointment online today, or give us a call at (954) 519-6984.