About Root Canal Therapy
The soft inner section of the tooth (pulp) can become infected and if not treated, the tooth will die and the infection may spread to other teeth. A root canal treatment extracts the pulp from the tooth to stop the infection, as well as relieve the patient's pain. After the pulp is removed during a root canal, cosmetic and general dentists Drs. Martin, Martin, or Marshall will either use a filling material to replace the pulp or protect the tooth from future infections with a dental crown. Martin Dentistry in Indianapolis encourages patients to schedule an appointment as soon as they feel tooth pain, since the tooth infection can enter the blood stream and transport the infection to other areas of the body. Some patients, including those with congenital heart defects and artificial heart valves, are a higher risk of developing an infection, so they are given antibiotic treatments before and after their root canal treatment.
Root Canal Reviews
What to Expect
Before the root canal begins, the dentist will numb the patient’s teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further patient comfort and relaxation if needed. Once the patient is prepared, the dentist will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line. After the tooth is removed, the dentist will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.
After the root canal treatment, the patient’s lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patients will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If the patient is feeling any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label. If the dentist placed a temporary crown over the tooth, the patient will return after the permanent crown is created and sent back to the office. The dentist will then place the crown and check the fit. The patient should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year, or as recommended by the dentist.
Plan Your Procedure
Stop Dental Infections
If you have a toothache or infection, make an appointment to have Martin Dentistry look at your tooth and talk about treatments, including a root canal. A root canal can prevent more serious dental problems and relieve your pain.