Root Canal Treatment
Dental technology and techniques have evolved considerably over the last decade. Root canals are no longer a complex procedure. In fact, most root canals are just as simple as filling a cavity.
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Mark House has performed hundreds of root canals and is highly experienced in this procedure. Post treatment, our patients often comment on how easy and comfortable their experience was. Your comfort is one of our top priorities, and we will take every precaution to make sure that your treatment is stress-free and painless.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is needed is because an infection has penetrated the interior of your tooth, called the pulp. Small cracks or deep cavities create an opening for bacteria to get inside, past the protective enamel. The pulp of your tooth houses small blood vessels and the nerve of the tooth, so when it becomes infected, it is often quite painful.
During a root canal, your dentist numbs the area and then, using special endodontic tools, accesses the interior of the tooth and removes the infected material, including the nerve. This relieves your pain and treats the infection. Once the interior of the tooth is sterilized, it is filled and then sealed.
Often, we will recommend a crown following a root canal to protect the tooth and restore it to full function. If a crown is necessary, your dentist will discuss your options with you.
What Can I Expect After a Root Canal?
It may take a day or two for your immune system to realize that the infection is gone. During this time, you can control inflammation and discomfort with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen. Depending on the amount of infection, we may also prescribe an antibiotic to make sure that the infection doesn’t come back. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, make sure to finish the medication and follow your dentist’s directions.
You will likely start feeling better as soon as the root canal is completed, and within a couple of days, you should feel like yourself again. If for any reason you don’t, give us a call.
If You Are in Pain, Call Us Right Away
Dental pain is always a sign that something is wrong. Infections in the teeth and gums should be taken seriously – ignoring them could lead to systemic infection and lost teeth.
Call us if you are experiencing pain, sudden sensitivity, or another unexplained change in your dental health. We’ll get you in as soon as possible, often the same day.