You’ve probably heard a lot about root canal procedures over the years. After all, many people associate this with major discomfort or invasive care. However, we always take steps to ensure your procedure is comfortable, and comparable to receiving a simple filling. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about root canal therapy.
The Pain of an Infection
An infection means that a cavity or injury to your tooth exposes the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, to harmful bacteria. The infection will grow more severe with time and could lead to the loss of a tooth unless treated. People may report pain when biting down or chewing, headaches and migraines, soreness in the face or jaw, toothaches and tooth sensitivity, and even swelling near the tooth. If you encounter one or more of these symptoms, then please see us right away for treatment.
The Benefits of Sedation
We always want to make sure your experience is a comfortable one. We will numb the area around the tooth receiving treatment, and for those with anxiety or special needs, we can use sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state. We have different options available, and the one we choose will be based on your age, medical history, and current oral health. The effects may wear off quickly, such as when we administer nitrous oxide. Oral sedation and other options may take time to wear off completely. You should have little to no memory of the procedure, and will provide any aftercare information you may need.
The Root Canal Procedure
Now, let’s talk about root canal therapy, and how this helps prevent worsening pain or tooth loss. Essentially, we open the tooth and then remove the infected tissues from within. Once we do, we will clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material known as gutta percha. The tooth will be capped with a custom dental crown, ensuring solid protection and also a lifelike appearance. In as little as one visit, we restore the health, function, and beauty of your tooth, so you enjoy immediate relief. To avoid future infections, be sure to brush and floss daily, eat a healthier diet, and of course, see us for checkups and cleanings every six months. If you have any questions about how we treat infected teeth, then give us a call today.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We know how to use endodontic treatment to help preserve your smile and bring relief. If you want to learn more about how we treat an infected or abscessed tooth, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.