The pulp is the innermost part of your tooth and consists of nerves and blood vessels that extend from the crown to the roots. When the pulp is damaged by decay, disease, and injury, removal of infected tissue is required so that the infection and/or pain can subside. This is called a root canal treatment, and it is one of the most common and effective procedures in dentistry.
If you are experiencing extreme tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or tooth discoloration, you may require the restorative benefits of root canal therapy. Contact your 73533 dentist Dr. Matthew L. Bridges at (580) 255-4880 today for a full mouth examination and professional, gentle root canal therapy treatment.
To many minds, root canal therapy sounds painful. In reality, most patients report feeling comfortable during their procedure. This is because the dentist provides a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area before the process begins.
The dentist starts by isolating the tooth and making an opening in the crown that exposes the pulp chamber. Any bacteria and debris that are the cause of your pain will then be removed.
Next, special tools are used to remove the pulp and clean and shape the canals. Then, the roots are filled with a material called gutta-percha, an inert rubber, and the top of the tooth is sealed to stop germs from returning to the tooth root. Finally, a filling or crown is placed to strengthen and protect your natural tooth structure.
For a couple of days following treatment, patients may feel mild sensitivity and tenderness caused by swollen or inflamed tissue around the gums. These common side effects should subside over time.
Dr. Bridges will do everything possible to ensure that you experience a comfortable treatment and a quick recovery. In rare cases, post-surgery complications may arise. Call our office if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Extreme pain or pressure after the first few days after treatment
- An allergic reaction to medication
- Visible swelling inside or outside the mouth
- An uneven bite
- A loose crown or filling
- Symptoms you experienced before treatment
Remember, a root canal is supposed to relieve your pain. If you think your pain or discomfort is unnatural, your 73533 dentist and his team will be happy to answer your questions.
When possible, preserving the natural tooth is always in the best interest of a patient. Natural tooth roots prevent jawbone atrophy. Other benefits of root canal therapy include:
- A comfortable procedure: According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canal patients are six times more likely to describe their procedure as painless compared to those who have a tooth extracted.
- A convenient treatment: A root canal is completed in one visit to your dentist. You’ll only need to visit the dentist again for a check-up or to have your permanent crown replaced.
- An affordable treatment: Tooth extractions require follow-up appointments for dentures, bridges, and implants once your mouth has healed, making those procedures more expensive than a root canal.
Visit Your 73533 Dentist Today
If an injured or infected tooth is left untreated, that tooth will eventually need to be extracted. Untreated infections can also spread to other teeth and surrounding tissues. Delayed treatments can lead to more expensive oral and overall health issues down the road. Schedule your treatment today. Contact Dr. Bridges and his friendly team at Chisholm Trail Smile Center by calling (580) 255-4880.