Root Canal Therapy
The objective of root canal treatment is to prevent damage to the natural teeth by infection or disease.
Need a Root Canal in Austin?
At 04 Dental in Austin, we provide safe, comfortable, and effective root canal treatments to patients. On this page we will be taking an extensive look at what a root canal procedure entails, the causes of infection, symptoms, and recovery.
Keep reading to learn more.
Why is a Root Canal Necessary?
Before understanding the need for root canal therapy, it may be worth taking a look at the anatomy of a tooth. At the center of a tooth is pulp, which consists of blood vessels.
Unfortunately, the pulp at the center of your tooth is susceptible to damage and, ultimately, infection. Several different issues can cause damage to the pulp.
When the pulp is damaged or infected, it has to professionally extracted. The extraction procedure can take place without removing the tooth. After the pulp is removed, it is replaced with a crown.
After the successful completion of a root canal procedure, it will not be necessary to remove the affected tooth. Since the infected tissues are removed, the risk for infection is also mitigated, and the patient is not likely to experience any further pain or tooth decay as the result of the disease.
Root Canal Causes
Infection in the pulp or root of a tooth is not always immediately apparent. A patient may live with an inflamed tooth for some time without noticing that there is a problem.
The only way to detect and prevent root canals at an early stage is to carry out routine care, by brushing your teeth at least twice per day, flossing regularly, using antibacterial mouthwash and visiting the dentist at least once every six months.
Routine dental cleaning sessions and examinations will go a long way to prevent the primary causes of pulp infection, including tooth decay and gum infection. If there are underlying indications of pulp infection or potential pulp infection, the dental care provider will be able to take precautionary steps to prevent the need for endodontic treatment.
If the infection has reached a specific developmental stage, you might notice root canal symptoms, including:
- Heightened tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Pus drainage from your tooth or gum line that is clearly noticeable
- Pain, discomfort, or irritation around the affected area
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes,
- Abscesses on your gums in the affected area, and
- Pain when you touch the tooth.
If you notice any of the above signs, it may be a clear indication of inflamed tooth pulp, and you should seek immediate dental help to determine the cause of the infection, remove the infection, and alleviate pain and discomfort. If you don’t seek immediate treatment after experiencing any of the symptoms, you run the risk of losing the affected tooth.
How Root Canals Work
A typical root canal treatment procedure consists of several steps. First, the affected area is sedated with local anesthetic and adequately sterilized. Then, with the aid of specialized tools, all infected tissue and decay are removed from your tooth and its root. Upon completion of the infection removal, the tooth, its center, and the root are adequately cleaned and prepared for the filling procedure.
The dentist will then insert a temporary filling and schedule a follow-up appointment to insert a permanent crown.
Root canal procedures have a reputation for being painful. When you undergo a root canal procedure, you may, however, find that you experience almost no pain during and after the procedure.
All pain associated with root canal treatments are the direct result of the infection and damaged blood vessels on the inside of your tooth.
Depending on the severity of the infection or the condition of your tooth, the procedure can take place in one session or be spread out over several sessions.
You are not likely to experience any pain after the procedure, but if you do, over-the-counter medication will be sufficient to manage pain or irritation. Since extensive sedation is usually not required during a root canal procedure, you will be able to drive home by yourself afterward and be fully functional for the rest of the day.
The tooth that was affected by the infection may remain sensitive to pressure and temperature for a while after the procedure. During the root canal recovery phase, it is crucial to exercise proper dental care and to maintain your oral hygiene to prevent recurring infection.
04 Dental for Endodontic Treatment
At 04 Dental we employ the latest technology and equipment. We can carry out laser-assisted endodontic treatment procedures to reduce the risk of recurring infection caused by bacteria that remain in crevices that are hard to reach.
A root canal procedure is always your most affordable solution, as the alternative is tooth removal and replacement.
When you visit 04 Dental for a root canal treatment, we will explain the degree of infection, various treatment options available to you, and our professional recommendation extensively to you.
We will also provide you with an in-depth explanation of the root canal procedure as well as your options regarding sedation.
To learn more about the root canal services that we offer or to book an appointment, contact 04 Dental today.
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