What is a root canal procedure?
A Root canal procedure is one that dentists perform when bacteria causes an infection in a tooth’s pulp and root chamber. It is administered to remove infectious bacteria from the root chamber of your tooth. This infectious bacteria damages the soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels surround the tooth and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Infection may be caused by a variety of reasons tooth injury to poor dental hygiene and tooth decay.
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Treatment is administered at our dentist office in Charlotte, NC. Our Eastover dental practice is easily accessible from any part of the city including Uptown Charlotte, Cotswold, South End and Dilworth.
How long does a root canal take?
In preparation for root canal treatment, also known as root canal therapy, a local anesthetic is administered at the beginning of the procedure to numb the area around and inside of the root chamber. Once the dentist is sure that the medication has successfully numbed the area, he will remove any infected part of the pulp and then shape the inner chamber of the tooth. To kill any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk of further infection, an antimicrobial solution will be applied.
Depending on the severity of the damage, the dentist may also place a post inside the root chamber to help support the crown that is placed on top of the tooth later.
Dr. Stout fills the hole in the tooth with a material called gutta percha or a similar substance. The hole is then closed and covered with a temporary filling. The permanent crown will be applied in the next few weeks. Root canal therapy is usually a two-appointment procedure and may include a follow-up appointment.
Who needs a root canal treatment?
Not all patients needing root canal therapy experience symptoms, like rotten teeth or an obvious root canal infection and more. A routine l dental exam every six months and annual x-rays at one of those appointments help detect potential problems early.
Getting Rotten Teeth And Other Symptoms Examined
If you experiencing symptoms and are concerned about whether or not they may need root canal therapy, contact to Dr. Stout. He will conduct an in-depth examination and discuss treatment options and prevention. How To Prevent Tooth Decay
Signs that you should pay attention to are; a pain while chewing or when minimal pressure is applied, long-term sensitivity to hot/cold when sensitivity didn’t exist before, darkening of the tooth, swelling or abscess on the gums.
Root canal aftercare instructions
Upon completion of a root canal, Dr. Stout will discuss with you your recovery and aftercare. The recovery time is the same as any other minimally invasive restorative dental procedure.
To prevent the onset of pain once numbness subsides, take an over-the-counter pain reliever or one prescribed by the dentist. The main focus for aftercare is protecting the area from physical harm and bacteria. The doctor will discuss with you what you can eat after a root canal procedure. Choose soft foods and avoid rough play and sports. Avoid eating hard candy or chewing gum. Do your best to chew on the untreated side of the mouth and resume brushing and flossing gently. You should also take the prescribed antibiotics as instructed.
It is normal for some of the temporary fillings to wear away. If the filling wears away completely, which is not common, you should contact our dental office.
If you have root canal pain after the procedure
Once you are in the aftercare stage you may experience some discomfort and slight pain. However, unbearable pain or pain after 3 – 5 days that will not subside even after taking a pain reliever should be addressed.
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article it may be time to see Dr. Stout. Schedule an appointment with Stout Dentistry. Give us a call today at 704.332.7737.
US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health: Comparison of the Success Rate of Endodontics Treatment and Implant Treatment, Author – Ranya Faraj Elemam and Iain Pretty. June 15, 2011.
American Association of Endodontists: Post Treatment Care, Author – AAE. 2018