An infected tooth is no joke. At first, it might only cause a minor toothache, but this subtle pain can quickly turn into serious issues.
Call Ashwood Dental today for our expert root canal treatments!
What is root canal treatment?
Dentists perform a root canal treatment when a tooth becomes infected. The procedure removes the infection and prevents future microbial invasions. Ultimately, it prevents a tooth from having to be extracted.
Why might you need a root canal?
Patients need this procedure when a tooth becomes infected. A tooth may become infected for reasons including:
- A cracked/chipped/broken tooth
- Gum disease
- Hole in the gums from surgery/trauma
- A crack in the filling from a previous root canal
If you have a toothache or notice any signs of infection, call us today. We will help you determine if this procedure is the best route.
Why get a root canal instead of extraction?
Root canals save your natural teeth, making it the optimal choice for an infected tooth. Extractions are a last-resort; we only perform them if the tooth is beyond repair.
What happens if I don’t get a root canal?
Like many other dental issues, patients may neglect to get a root canal. This can be because of cost, they might not know the importance of the procedure, they are scared, etc.
Regardless, if you don’t get this procedure when you need one, there will be severe consequences. The infection will only get worse and put your oral health at risk. It can spread to other parts of your body and, in some cases, can be life-threatening.
What does a root canal procedure look like?
When you call about a root canal, we will get you into the office ASAP. Our professionals will thoroughly assess the problem and determine if this procedure is the best option.
During the procedure, we remove the infected pulp. We clean the infection inside your tooth and replace the pulp with a filling. You won’t feel any pain as we use local anesthesia.
What does the healing process look like?
After the procedure, you may feel slight pain or discomfort due to inflammation. This should subside within a couple of weeks. Over-the-counter pain medication can help you manage this.
Over the long-term, be sure to practice good oral hygiene and get regular checkups. We want to ensure the filling holds and allow you to detect any problems early on.
What are the risks?
Like with any procedure, a root canal carries risks. Some risks include:
- Perforation of the tooth
- Accessory canals that we may be unable to successfully clean
- A file breaking off into tubules that is difficult to retrieve
At Ashwood Dental, we make you aware of all potential risks before undergoing treatment. You can rest easy knowing that our professionals use the best practices to ensure optimal results. If you have a particularly complex case, we will refer you to a top endodontist.