Root Canal Therapy in South Miami
When your tooth is severely decayed or damaged, you’ll need more than a filling to repair it. Root canal therapy, often referred to as simply a root canal, is the last resort for saving the natural tooth from extraction. Learn more about the treatment, including why it’s necessary and how it works, today.
Root Canal Therapy Saves Your Tooth
When something goes affects the health of one or more of your teeth, your dentist’s goal is to save your smile from extraction whenever possible. Root canal therapy lets us do just that. It’s reserved for the most serious cases of decay and damage, and even though it’s got a reputation for being painful, today’s root canal therapy is fast, efficient and offers relief from a severely aching tooth. Learning about the procedure can help to settle your nerves and relax on throughout your root canal therapy.
How the Procedure Works
To perform a root canal, Dr. Barsky will first examine your affected tooth and surrounding structures to determine the extent of the damage. With this information, he’ll put together your treatment plan. A typical root canal procedure is completed in about four steps.
- A local anaesthetic is administered at the treatment site to ensure you feel no pain whatsoever in the affected area. Your dentist won’t begin the procedure until your tooth is completely numb. If you’re really nervous about the procedure, sedation options are available for your comfort.
- Your dentist drills an access hole to begin work on the decayed or damaged tooth. For front teeth, the hole is in the back of the tooth. Molars are accessed through the chewing surface.
- The infected pulp and nerve are removed from the tooth through the access hole. These elements are not necessary for the normal function of your tooth.
- The tooth is sealed with a filling or crown. If the original infection was serious, this step may be carried over into a second appointment, with a temporary restoration placed while the infection heals.
When your root canal procedure is complete, you’re on the road to recovery and one big step closer to enjoying a healthy smile once again.
After Your Root Canal Therapy
As with any oral surgery, you will likely experience some swelling or discomfort in the first few days following your root canal therapy. Discomfort is temporary and can be controlled with an over-the-counter pain medication. Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the affected cheek in 15-minute intervals (15 on, 15 off).
If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy or if you have additional questions leading up to your upcoming treatment at Aesthetic Dentistry of South Miami, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to help with all of your oral health needs — give us a call today!