When it comes to your oral health, it is incredibly important to do everything possible to save your natural teeth. When a tooth is badly damaged from disease, decay, or injury, a root canal may be a final effort to save your tooth.
A root canal is a very common dental procedure that is used to save a tooth. This simple but effective treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
When a nerve is exposed due to tooth decay, the inside of the tooth needs to be cleaned out to prevent further infection. Underneath the hard surface of your teeth is dental pulp. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused in a variety of ways, including trauma to the tooth, the decay that has advanced, cracks and chips. Symptoms of the infection include visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, and pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, we will recommend root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This bad pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Finally, a dental crown will be placed and sealed to your tooth to restore its look and function.
After a root canal, your tooth may be sore for a few days. It takes about 15 minutes for pain medication to kick in, so make sure you take your medicine proactively. If you experience swelling for more than four or five days or persistent pain for over one week, please call our office and we will get you in right away to look for any possible complications.
If you’re experiencing intense toothaches or have teeth advancing in the decaying process, come see us immediately! You can call (419) 445-8176 to schedule an appointment or send us a message on the Appointment Request page.