Endodontics & Root Canals
For many patients the term Root Canal can be a very scary thing, the thought of a painful procedure can make even the bravest cringe. This is why its so important that you find an Endodontist who is specifically trained and provides several options for Sedation. Endodontist’s are dentists who specialize in the inner tooth often referred to as the pulp. When damage or decay occurs to a tooth like a deep cavity or a tooth cracks the tooth can become infected. If the tooth becomes infected damage to the pulp can damage the bone and it will cause swelling and extreme pain. When damage occurs to the pulp it becomes infected and is very painful. When a tooth becomes infected it becomes necessary for an endodontic treatment usually referred to as a Root Canal. Root canal therapy is performed by our endodontist, who has completed additional training in this specialty. Before beginning the procedure, our endodontist numbs the area with anesthetic or uses sedation. Next, our endodontist uses a drill and other special tools to take the infected pulp out of the tooth and replace it with medicated fillers, as well as a dam, to shut out future infections. For additional protection, a crown or permanent filling is often recommended. Antibiotics are typically prescribed to eliminate the infection.
For All New Endodontic Patients
Candidate for A Root Canal
A Good candidate for a root canal are patients who may be suffering from a root canal infection. First Dr. Gomez will need to determine if the infected tooth is in sound enough condition for a root canal. If the tooth is extremely decayed or damaged, it may be more advisable to extract the tooth and use a Dental Implant to correct the problem. A Root Canal will have some discomfort and pain after the procedure, this is usually temporary and can be managed with a prescription pain reliever.
Warning Signs of Root Canal Infection
The following are some of the more common signs that there may be a root canal infection:
- Tooth pain and/or jaw pain
- Swelling of the gums around the painful tooth
- Discoloration of the gums
- Discoloration of the painful tooth
Post Care After Your Root Canal
It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications. It is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Remember that narcotic medications, if prescribed, may make you drowsy, and caution should be exercised in operating dangerous machinery or driving a car after taking them.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact your endodontist.
Be sure to speak with Dr. Gomez or his staff right away if you experience any significant tooth pain and If you are beginning to experience pain in your teeth we offer the latest in sedation dentistry.
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