What is a root canal?
Root canal therapy is one way that our dentist can repair extensive tooth decay and damage. This procedure can save the natural teeth and prevent the need for dental bridges or dental implants.
Dental pulp, a collection of blood vessels, resides in the center of a tooth. If the tooth undergoes trauma or has deep decay, chips, cracks or repeated dental procedures, the pulp may become infected. Symptoms of infected pulp include visible injury to the tooth, swelling of the gums, tooth sensitivity, or discomfort in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
During your visit at Clear Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Rohini Singh can relieve pain, restore damage and protect your smile with root canal therapy. During root canal treatment, the damaged pulp is removed, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed. Anesthesia is usually used, and this treatment can be completed in one or more visits, depending on your specific case. If root canal treatment will likely be insufficient, you will be informed during your consultation or in the case of a complication. After treatment, you will be able to drive yourself home. You should also be comfortable with immediately returning to your normal routine.
What should I expect after treatment?
In most cases, a dental restoration will need to be placed after root canal treatment. Depending on your needs, we may place your dental restoration on the day of treatment or within a few weeks of root canal treatment. Our dentist will consider your needs and goals to determine what type of restoration is best for your smile.
How do I care for my tooth after root canal therapy?
Care for the tooth just as you would your other teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice every day and floss at least once a day. Also, visit our office regularly for professional cleanings and exams.