Here at Smyrna Dental Group, we provide root canal therapy to restore a tooth that has been severely damaged or infected. This treatment is often recommended to save the tooth when the pulp has been affected by decay or trauma.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp from inside a tooth and disinfecting the area. Once the process is completed, the tooth is sealed with a filling or a crown to protect it from breaking or crumbling.
Do I need a root canal? What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of root canal infection that may indicate the need for a root canal procedure are as follows:
- Severe, persistent toothache
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Increased teeth sensitivity to heat and cold
- Bad breath
- Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck
- Facial swelling
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
If an infection in a tooth's root goes untreated, it can cause pain and discomfort. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the surrounding teeth and gums, resulting in abscesses and other dental problems. Root canal therapy helps save your natural teeth and prevent tooth loss.
How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?
An endodontist or a dentist with specialized training performs root canal therapy. First, we will numb the area around the affected tooth using an anesthetic so that you feel no pain. A hole is made on the top of your tooth to access the pulp chamber, and any infected or damaged tissue is removed. The area is disinfected and filled with medicated material. A temporary restoration such as a crown is placed to stabilize it and protect it from further damage until the permanent one can be prepared.
We will then make an imprint of your teeth and send it to a dental lab to fabricate your new crown. When you return to our dental practice for your permanent crown, we will remove the temporary one and check the fit of your crown before cementing it into place.
What Are The Aftercare Instructions For A Root Canal?
After receiving root canal therapy in our dental office, you should:
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush to remove plaque and food particles from your mouth
- Floss regularly between your teeth to remove bacteria and food particles from between them
- Visit us for regular dental visits and cleanings
- Stop using tobacco products as they are harmful to your oral health
If you are interested in learning more about our services, call Smyrna Dental Group in Smyrna, TN, at (615) 355-6800 to schedule an appointment with our dentists or request an appointment online.