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Dr. Andrew Browne
You’ve likely heard of a “root canal” but, unless you’ve had a root canal procedure performed, you may not know exactly what it is, what it is for, and what the benefits are. Below is more information about root canal therapy, the process, the benefits, and why you should consider My Pompano Dentist for your upcoming root canal procedure.
Root canal therapy (also known as a “root canal”) is a dental procedure that involves a dentist removing the infected pulp of a patient’s tooth. When decay and bacteria eat through the crown of a tooth they can get to the root. Once this happens, the root of the tooth can become infected—leading to the need for root canal therapy to address the issue.
Ultimately, it’s up to your dentist to decide whether or not you need root canal therapy. With that said, there are certain symptoms you can look out for to see if you need to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis.
One major symptom of a root infection is pain. A severe and lasting toothache is a common root infection symptom. You also may be experiencing increased sensitivity (especially with hot and cold food) and swollen gums.
While a root infection often starts with a cavity, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes a crack or chip in a tooth can cause the root to be exposed. Bacteria can find its way in and infect the root of the tooth. Commonly, though, poor oral hygiene is the cause of a root infection.
If you have an infected tooth root, it is imperative that you undergo root canal therapy. If you wait too long, the infection can spread into the jawbone and beyond. This makes it a serious health risk. Make sure you schedule an appointment with My Pompano Dentist if you notice the symptoms of a root infection.
A root canal procedure begins with a visit to My Pompano Dentist, where your dentist will examine the tooth. This often involves both a visual exam and an x-ray. If they determine the root of your tooth is infected, an appointment for a root canal will be scheduled. You can expect the process to take around 60-90 minutes, but it may be less. Generally, root canal therapy is completed in a single procedure.
Before your root canal starts, your dentist will provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t experience pain. Some discomfort and pressure can be expected, though. If you experience any pain during the procedure itself, let your dentist know so they can address the issue.
Once the procedure begins, your dentist will place a dental dam to ensure the tooth remains clean and dry. They will then drill a hole into the tooth. The infected root pulp is removed, then an antimicrobial solution is applied to get rid of remaining bacteria. After all of this is completed, the chamber is filled with a material similar to rubber, and a filling is placed on top.
If you have any questions before the procedure, please speak with Dr. Browne or contact our office. We’d be happy to walk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
There are a couple of major benefits to a root canal procedure. The first and most immediately noticeable is the alleviation of the pain and discomfort you are experiencing.
Once the tooth has been repaired, the pain will subside and will return to normal. You also won’t be experiencing the sensitivity you were experiencing.
The second major benefit is the protection of the tooth itself. Root infections don’t heal on their own, and they will only get worse over time. If you don’t repair the tooth, you risk needing the tooth needing to be pulled. At that point, you’ll need to consider replacement options instead of repairs.
Root infections are generally pretty easy to avoid. The goal is preventative care. It’s very important to brush, floss, and rinse every day, twice a day. You also need to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During the cleaning, your hygienist will remove tartar and plaque buildup, which otherwise would eat away at the tooth. During the checkup portion, your dentist will examine your teeth to ensure you don’t have any decay or infection. If they notice you have a cavity, an appointment can be booked to stop the decay and place a filling. This helps you to avoid a root infection.
If your tooth is damaged, make sure you make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If you wait around, you risk the tooth root becoming infected.
With proper care, you shouldn’t experience a root infection.
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