Dental cavities are one of the most common problems that patients face. Usually, this can be solved with a simple filling treatment that prevents the decay from spreading further. However, if left untreated, a decaying tooth can spread and cause pain in your mouth. If you have begun feeling symptoms of soreness, swelling around the gum tissue, or sensitivity to hot or cold drinks, this may be a sign that the infection has spread into the pulp. Your dentist may recommend that you get a root canal. In today’s blog, Cleveland Family Dentistry of Cleveland, TX, explains how this restorative treatment can save your smile.
Help To Relieve Severe Tooth Pain
It is a common misconception that root canals are painful. At our office, we’re here to make you feel comfortable and assure you that while this is an invasive procedure, it will relieve pain and it does not have to be a nerve-wracking procedure.
First, you will be sedated. This helps both the patient and the dentist, so that you can be comfortable the dentist can do their work. Next, they will go in and remove the infected tissues that are causing the painful sensation. Then, we seal the pulp of the tooth with a material that helps ensure that no more harmful bacteria can reach the pulp of the tooth again. A dental crown is then placed, and the procedure is complete.
Putting Off This Treatment Can Create More Problems
The best way to prevent needing this restoration is to take proper care of your oral hygiene. Make sure that you are brushing and flossing in between all your teeth and seeing the dentist regularly. Your biannual appointments can help detect if a cavity is forming and can usually be treated early.
If you are unable to see the dentist or the problem is not detected, then the cavity will continue growing larger in your mouth. Ignoring this problem can lead to a feeling of pain in your mouth, inability to use that tooth, and even tooth loss if severe. Don’t wait until this becomes an emergency! The best thing to do for yourself is to call your dentist so that they can decide how to best help you.
What To Do After A Root Canal?
The surgery itself may take a few hours, and the recovery time will take a few days for the swelling to go down. Be sure to eat softer foods to not put too much pressure on the area. As always, be sure to practice good oral hygiene following this procedure. If any other side effects or concerns arise, call your dentist immediately.
Call To Schedule Your Appointment Today!
To schedule an appointment at Cleveland Family Dentistry, call our office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234.