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WHY YOU MAY NEED ROOT CANAL THERAPY?

If you have a tooth that hurts, you may want to ask your dentist about getting a root canal. This procedure will remove the infected pulp from the tooth. The pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When an infected tooth is left untreated, the bacteria can grow and cause an infection. Infectious bacteria can spread to the gums, lymph nodes and bones. Untreated infections can lead to bone loss and even the death of the tooth.

Our dentist can diagnose your infection with X-rays. X-rays can show if your teeth have a root canal, and if there are any dark spots at the tip of the root. Once a dentist determines that you need a root canal, you will have to schedule an appointment. During the treatment process, your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia.

After a root canal is performed, your mouth will be sealed and a filling will be placed in the space. Depending on how extensive the infection is, you may be asked to return for additional appointments. You can also use over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen to control the pain. It’s important to get a root canal as soon as possible, as lingering pain can indicate an infected tooth.

Symptoms of an infected tooth can be a dull ache, a sharp, sudden pain, or a lingering sensitivity to hot and cold. Pain in a tooth can also be a result of a damaged filling, a cavity or gum disease. Tooth pain may also indicate an infection in the nerves or blood vessels in the tooth. If the infection is severe, you may experience swelling in the gums, pus and a foul taste.

During the treatment, our dentist will use antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate the inflammation. A filling is then placed to seal the opening and eliminate the sensitivity. The entire procedure typically lasts only one appointment. Many patients are able to resume normal activities after the procedure. However, curved canals may require more than one visit.Using modern dental techniques, the procedure is relatively painless. The cost of a root canal will vary depending on the tooth being treated.

THE IMPORTANCE OF TIMELY CARE

Root canals are important to the health of your teeth. Not only do they help prevent the spread of infections to other teeth, but they can also reduce the pain associated with tooth decay. When left untreated, tooth infection can lead to bone loss in the area.The underlying reason for root canals is to remove the source of decay from inside the tooth. Once the decay has been removed, the inside of the tooth can be thoroughly cleaned. This is done by using a spinning file to shape and disinfect the tooth. It is then filled with biocompatible filling material.Using modern technology, root canal procedures are now virtually painless. Moreover, they can be done in just one appointment. A local anesthetic can be used to ensure that the mouth remains numb.

To measure the length of a root canal, our dentist uses an electronic instrument called an apex locator. X-ray images are also taken to make sure that the canal is cleaned to its utmost. Fortunately, most root canal treatments are successful. You can usually resume normal activities the day after the procedure. However, you will need to continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly to keep the treated tooth healthy. In addition to routine dental care, it is a good idea to see our dentist at least twice a year for preventative checkups. This can help detect problems before they turn into serious conditions. Also, you may be required to take antibiotics to combat the symptoms of an oral infection.

A root canal is not as painful as many people think. During the procedure, a dentist will use a combination of hand and rotary files to prepare the inside of your teeth. They will also clean out the root canals with a disinfectant. Depending on the size and anatomy of your root canals, you may have to visit the us several times. Those who smoke or drink alcoholic beverages need to consider their choices before making a trip to the dentist. The best way to avoid root canals is to maintain a healthy diet and regular oral hygiene. These practices will keep the treated tooth healthy and functional for years to come.

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HOW IS A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

A root canal is a type of dental procedure. It is used to repair a tooth that has been infected. This can be caused by a cracked or decayed tooth. Root canals are typically performed under local anesthetic. The process varies, but most root canals are performed in one visit. Typically, the dentist will remove the infected pulp and fill the space with gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a rubber-like material that is heated and compressed. An infection in the pulp can cause significant pain. In addition, the pulp may become inflamed and lead to an abscess. If this happens, it can also affect the strength and function of the tooth.

The pulp is composed of nerves and connective tissue. When these tissues become inflamed, they can cause pain and swelling. The best way to relieve the pain is to clean the infected pulp. To do this, our dentist uses specialized dental instruments to cut the inflamed pulp and remove it. Depending on the extent of the infection, the procedure may require more than one appointment. Once the root canal is completed, a permanent crown is usually placed on the tooth. A tooth that has been restored with a root canal will need regular cleaning and brushing. Over the course of the next few weeks, you may experience sensitivity and mild discomfort. However, most patients can resume normal activities within a day.

Root canals are no more painful than other routine dental procedures. Patients can take over the counter pain medications to alleviate the pain. A root canal is an effective means of restoring a damaged tooth. It can be performed by a regular dentist or an endodontist. Traditionally, a root canal treatment would take multiple visits, but new technologies have improved the procedure and reduced the time it takes to complete it. Most patients can expect to return to their regular routines and be happy with the results. You may need to see a doctor after a root canal to make sure there is no infection in the bone surrounding the tooth. The dentist may recommend taking antibiotics before your appointment.

WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

During the process of getting root canal treatment, there is usually some discomfort. This pain is temporary and you can alleviate the symptoms by using over the counter painkillers. You can also eat cold and soft foods to minimize the pain. Following the procedure, you should avoid chewing directly on the treated tooth until it has been fully restored. You should also refrain from eating hot or sticky foods. It is important to floss gently to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth. A root canal procedure usually lasts from 30 minutes to a few hours. If you experience any complications, it is important to contact the dentist.

Immediately following a root canal treatment, your mouth may feel numb. This is due to the local anaesthetic used to numb the area. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may feel some pain. The numbness will ease over a few hours and you can resume your normal activities. When you are recovering from a root canal, you should avoid intense exercise. However, you can go to work or school the same day as the treatment. Make sure you have a bag of crushed ice with you in case you have any discomfort. You may also experience swelling of your gums. Generally, the inflammation will disappear soon after the root canal. Some people can also feel a sharp pain in the gums. Depending on the severity, you may be referred to a hospital for assessment.

After the root canal, you should eat soft foods. Avoid hard, chewy, and hot foods. Use a straw or rinse your mouth with cold water. If you have a temporary filling, you should wait until it has been removed before you schedule your final restoration. If you need to have a permanent filling, you can contact your dentist to schedule your next appointment. Before the treatment begins, your dentist will perform a full examination of your teeth. Your teeth will be examined for cracks, deep decay, and any other problems. They will then determine the extent of the bacteria and the type of restoration needed.

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A root canal procedure is the best way to save a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury and preserve your natural smile. The alternative is an extraction and treatment to replace the tooth. While at times a tooth is non-restorable and an extraction is the only option, when possible, it’s best to try and save your natural tooth. With proper care, a tooth with root canal therapy care can serve your smile well for many years to come.

 

Despite lingering myths from before the age of modern dental anesthesia and technology, having a root canal procedure today is as routine and comfortable as visiting the dentist for a filling. While the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with your tooth completely numbed, we can also discuss options in dental sedation.

 

Whether the symptoms of a dental infection subside after a course of antibiotics, a draining abscess provides you with some temporary pain relief, or a tooth with radiographic evidence of pathology has not yet developed symptoms, it’s essential, before an infection worsens or occurs, to have a root canal procedure performed. In this way, the tooth can be disinfected, filled, and sealed to protect your health and avoid further problems.

While some root canal procedures can be completed in one visit, others may involve 2 or 3 appointments. How long it takes depends on various factors, including active infection, the number of canals in the tooth, and the tooth’s location or anatomy.

 

With a success rate that exceeds 95%, root canal therapy remains the most effective procedure to save a tooth in which the inner vital tissues have been damaged. However, as with all healthcare procedures, there are a small percentage of cases where the teeth become symptomatic a second time. The good news is that many of these teeth can still be saved with root canal retreatment or a minor surgical procedure known as an apicoectomy.

The best ways to maintain a tooth with root canal therapy are to get the proper restoration required to rebuild and protect the tooth, maintain proper oral hygiene, and schedule appointments for routine dental checkups and care.

 

Saving a tooth with root canal therapy is a wise investment that, in the long run, is typically less costly and invasive than having the tooth extracted and replaced with a fixed bridge or implant. As far as the exact cost of care, it can vary depending on which tooth is being treated. Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for root canal therapy. At the office of MG Dental Associates, we do our best to optimize your dental benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. Our staff answer all your questions about the cost of care and discuss all your payment options.

At the office of MG Dental Associates, we use the latest technology and most effective methods of care to provide precise and gentle care. Our reputation for excellence is based upon a consistent record of achieving successful treatment outcomes while providing prompt, stress-free, and convenient treatment for every type of dental need.

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