IN THE PAST, IF YOU HAD A TOOTH WITH A DISEASED NERVE, YOU'D PROBABLY LOSE THAT TOOTH.
Today, with a special dental procedure called “root canal treatment,” your tooth can be saved. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This not only injures your jawbones, but is also detrimental to your health.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite, or if your tooth has extensive decay or cracks, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
IS A ROOT CANAL PAINFUL?
Root canal treatments have a bad reputation for being inconvenient and painful. In reality, many people report that a root canal procedure is no more painful than having a filling placed. If you experience dental anxiety, let our team know. We will help you understand the procedure and do everything we can to make your experience as calming and relaxing as possible.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?
During the first few days following your root canal treatment, you may experience some sensitivity due to natural tissue inflammation. This sensitivity can often be controlled with over-the-counter medications such as Aleve or ibuprofen. Minimize any chewing shorty after your completed root canal treatment to avoid sensitivity. Most patients can return to their normal activities the day following their appointment without noticing any sensitivity. Please continue brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly after treatment.
WHY SHOULD I GET A ROOT CANAL?
Many teeth fixed with a root canal treatment last a lifetime. Root canal treatments have a very high success rate. This convenience allows patients to take care of the issue once and for all.
DO I REALLY NEED A ROOT CANAL?
If your dentist recommends a root canal, then it is for good reason. Root canals are required when a tooth becomes abscessed, also known as an infection. An abscess forms when the pulp of your tooth dies. This causes a pus pocket to form. This becomes infected with bacteria. Left untreated, it will continue to grow and infect the bone around the root of your tooth. It may even spread further to the surrounding bone. In rare cases, this can lead to death. A root canal treatment removes this infection and prevents further spreading.
HOW CAN I PREVENT A ROOT CANAL?
Taking care of your oral hygiene throughout your life may prevent the need for a root canal. Often times a root canal is required due to repeated dental procedures on a tooth or deep decay. Taking the appropriate steps to proper oral hygiene maintain oral health and prevent the need for a root canal. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash regularly could prevent the need for a root canal later in life.
SCHEDULE YOUR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
If you are in need of a root canal procedure, contact Carrie Muzny D.D.S. in The Woodlands, Texas. Our team will explain the process and help you get prepared. If you are nervous about your appointment, let our staff know and we'll be happy to do what we can to help you stay relaxed during your appointment. Visit our contact page for directions to our office.