Expert Surgical Care for Abscessed Teeth in Harker Heights
The root canal is one of the most misunderstood dental procedures. Given its reputation, patients are often surprised at how little pain they experience during the process. More importantly, they are pleased with the significant relief that follows the procedure.
We do not make the recommendation to undergo a root canal lightly. We prioritize preventive dental care in the hopes that you and your family never need a root canal, but should the need arise, you can trust that we have the expertise and technology to provide you with the best possible experience.
Deep cavities, broken teeth, or other mouth injuries can expose your tooth to infection. When this occurs, the nerves and soft tissue in the pulpy center break down, and in their place, a pus-filled pocket, which is known as an abscess. An untreated abscess has been known to spread infection to other areas of the face and neck as it leaks out through the tooth and gums.
What are some early signs that I would need a root canal?
Some of the common symptoms include:
- sharp and persistent tooth pain when chewing or biting down
- unusual sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- lingering pain prompted by hot or cold temperatures
- tooth discoloration
- swelling or bumps on the gums
But it’s also possible that you won’t experience any symptoms. That’s why preventive oral health measures, including regular check-ups, are critical for detection.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
What’s involved in getting a root canal?
An x-ray is first needed to get a sense of how deep the infection may be and whether it has spread beyond the tooth. Even though the nerves in the tooth are dead, local anesthesia may be applied to numb any potential pain or discomfort you may experience.
Treating the infected tooth leads to complete removal of the infected pulp and other debris. After drilling a hole in the tooth, the cleaning process is performed using a file. A rubber sheet will be placed around your tooth to keep it dry to prevent additional bacterial or viral infection from your saliva.
The final step of the procedure is filling the root canal and sealing the tooth to prevent future issues. A dental crown may also be necessary following a root canal to fully restore the tooth’s look and functionality.
Will I have any restrictions after getting a root canal?
The tissue around your tooth will be inflamed for a few days following the procedure. You’ll want to avoid chewing food in that area of your mouth, as it can aggravate the tissue and potentially re-infect the tooth. Pain can typically be managed with over-the-counter medications. In less than a week, you should be able to resume normal activity without discomfort.
How far in advance do I need to schedule a root canal?
Do not hesitate to contact us if your tooth pain has become unbearable. In emergency cases, we can often see patients the same day, and can frequently perform the entirety of the root canal therapy during the same appointment.