Tooth extraction can affect not only the aesthetic appearance of a person but also the bone and gum tissues in the mouth. Root canal treatment is done to save a natural tooth that is severely damaged by decay and bacteria. The procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp that contains the nerves, veins and connective tissues. At Midwest Family Dentistry, we offer Root canal treatment to save the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading.
When Is Root canal Treatment Needed?
If you experience these symptoms, a root canal treatment is necessary:
- A chronic sensitivity of the tooth to hot and cold
- Tooth darkening
- Swelling that spreads to areas in the neck, face, head
- A severe toothache
- Pain in the gums
- Swelling gums near the infected tooth
- Abscess in the jawbone
- A pimple in the gum
Root Canal Procedure
- For a painless procedure, local anesthesia will be administered by the dentist to numb the area. Once the anesthesia takes effect, a rubber dam (small sheet of rubber) will be used to keep the tooth dry throughout the whole procedure.
- A hole will be drilled using a small tool to create an opening and access the pulp. The dentist will remove the infected pulp inside the tooth. The inner chamber of the tooth will then be shaped and washed with water to eliminate remaining pulp. Once the chamber is cleared, an antimicrobial solution will be applied to kill bacteria and reduce the risk or further damage.
- The chamber will then be filled and sealed by a sealer paste and a rubber compound. A dental filling will then close the access.
After Treatment Care
Proper dental care must be practiced to make the repaired tooth last a lifetime. Here are some of the ways to care for the tooth after a root canal treatment:
Practice good dental hygiene. Brush twice daily and floss once a day. Make sure that the food debris and plaque especially in hard to reach areas are removed.
Avoid eating hard foods. The strong forces while chewing hard foods can damage the root canal.
Schedule regular dental visits. Dental practices done at home are not enough. Professional dental cleaning is necessary to eliminate plaques, tartar, and food debris that are not removed by brushing and flossing. Dental checkups also help patients know their current dental status and for early detection of dental issues (if there are any).
Suspect you have an infected pulp? Let us help you save the tooth from extraction. Avail of our Root Canal Treatment in Granite City. Book an appointment with us at Midwest Family Dentistry. Our dental office is located at 3120 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040.