Root canal treatment is a procedure designed to save an infected tooth. You may need a root canal if the pulp of your tooth has become infected by a severe cavity or if bacteria gains entrance to your tooth via an injury. Our dentists at Galloway dentistry are experts at root canals and other forms of dental restoration. We can assess your needs and help you find the best, least painful option to solve your dental problems.
When is A Root Canal Required?
You need root canal treatment in Mesquite, TX when the pulp of your tooth has become heavily infected. Bacteria may gain a foothold through a deep cavity, if you damage or crack the tooth, or while chewing a hard object such as ice or candy. The purpose of a root canal is to save the tooth by removing the bacteria and dead or dying tissue.
How to Tell if You Have an Infected Tooth
Tooth infection produces a number of symptoms, including:
- Severe lasting pain in the tooth
- Foul breath or taste in the mouth
- Sores and pus on the gums
What Can Happen if I Don’t Receive Treatment?
Not attending to an infected tooth in time can worsen the problem and lead to more serious consequences, such as:
- Loss of the tooth
- The spread of the infection, resulting in loss of other teeth
- Infection to the rest of the body, leading to illness or even death
Step by Step Description of Root Canal Treatment
There are six major steps during the root canal procedure:
- The dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gums using anesthesia applied by a needle
- They may also apply a dental dam, a thin piece of rubber to isolate the tooth during the procedure
- The dentist will use a small drill and other tools to access the pulp of the tooth. Once the dentist has access to the interior of the tooth, they will use files to remove the infected pulp from the interior of the tooth. The dentist may remove the remaining pulp by rinsing with water or an antimicrobial solution to kill any remaining bacteria
- After the chamber of the tooth created by the extraction is clean and dry, the dentist will fill the space. A rubber-like material called gutta-percha is often used to fill the interior space
- A temporary filling covers the tooth, while you wait for a permanent crown or similar restoration
- After two to three weeks, the dentist will place a permanent crown to cover the repaired tooth. Depending on the state of the tooth, the dentist may also place a supporting post inside the tooth to stabilize the crown restoration
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial after root canal treatment in Mesquite TX. A few weeks after the root canal procedure, your dentist may order an X-ray of the tooth to verify that the root canal was successful and that the infection hasn’t taken hold again.
Afterward, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing after every meal and flossing every day. It is also important to visit your dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. To prevent further damage in the future, avoid eating hard foods such as ice or hard candy and chewing on other hard objects. Other things you can do to care for your teeth include:
- Stop smoking or using tobacco products
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Drink plenty of water
- Brush and floss daily
- Visit your dentist at least twice per year
Galloway dental has years of experience in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer root canal treatment. If you have painful, bleeding gums or infection symptoms, call us today at 469.273.1376.