A root canal is a dental procedure that aims to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the pulp, which is the soft inner tissue of the tooth, and cleaning out any infection or decay present in the root canals. This may sound intense, but it's actually a way to alleviate pain and prevent further damage.
When a tooth becomes infected or develops deep decay, it can lead to excruciating pain and sensitivity. A root canal is necessary when the infection reaches the innermost part of the tooth, where all those delicate nerves reside.
The Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure is a dental treatment that aims to save an infected or damaged tooth. It involves removing the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then filling it with a special material. This procedure may sound daunting, but it is actually quite common and can help alleviate pain and prevent further complications.
During the root canal procedure, our dentist will start by numbing the area around the affected tooth to ensure you are comfortable throughout. They will then create a small hole in the crown of your tooth to access the pulp chamber. Using specialized tools, they will carefully remove any diseased or damaged tissue. Once all infection has been cleared away, our dentist will thoroughly clean and disinfect the space to ensure no bacteria remain. They may also shape and enlarge the root canals before filling them with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha.
After completing these steps, our dentist will seal off the opening in your tooth with either a temporary or permanent filling. In some cases, they may also recommend placing a dental crown on top for added strength and protection.
After the Root Canal Procedure
- After the root canal procedure, it is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness in the treated area. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers prescribed by the dentist. It's important to follow their instructions on dosage and frequency.
- You may also notice some swelling or bruising around the affected tooth. Applying an ice pack to the outside of your face for 15 minutes at a time can help reduce any inflammation or swelling.
- It's crucial to maintain good oral hygiene during this time. Brushing gently twice a day and flossing once daily will help keep the area clean and prevent infection. The dentist might recommend using a mouthwash as well.
- Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods immediately after the procedure, as they can put unnecessary pressure on the treated tooth. Opt for softer foods like soup, yogurt, or mashed potatoes until you feel comfortable enough to resume your regular diet.
If you have any concerns about how you're feeling after a root canal procedure, don't hesitate to reach out to our dentist. We are there to provide support and ensure that everything is healing properly.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Bencaz Family Dentistry, call (225) 665-2417 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 130 N. Hummell Street, Denham Springs, LA 70726.