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 used to fill tooth decay that has not yet reached the canal. This routine dental procedure can prevent the need for a 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 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. The process can immediately provide relief.
Root canals are a more conservative alternative to tooth extraction. Whenever possible, Dr. Dham 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. Always consult a dental professional before determining if a tooth extraction is needed.
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.
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 through 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.
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 for a beautiful, seamless result. The dental crown fits over the tooth to secure the tooth structure and prevent further infection.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you believe you have a tooth in need of a root canal, contact us first. 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) 251-0640.