An infected root can cause excruciating pains. If you’re experiencing pain in one of your teeth right now, don’t just put up with it and hope it goes away; make a dentist appointment as soon as possible.
At Deldar Dental, we understand the discomfort associated with root canal treatment and have the training to help you through it. Many Noblesville residents trust our team with their dental needs and choose our dental office for Noblesville root canal treatment.
When a tooth is badly decayed or infected, root canal treatment is meant to save it. A root canal procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth, then cleaning and disinfecting it, and then filling and sealing it to secure the tooth. A root canal can be done in one or more visits, depending on the severity of the damage. Dental sedation may be used to help ease anxiety and pain during the procedure which is roughly broken up in three stages:
1. Extirpation: Initial cleaning to control bacterial infection.
2. Instrumentation: Thorough cleaning and medicine.
3. Obturation: Filling the root canal.
In other words: The dentist removes the infected pulp and nerve in the root of the tooth, cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space. Afterward, your dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect and restore it to its original function.
Root canals are typically not as painful as many people claim, but have developed a reputation for being unpleasant. If a root canal is not an option, you may still wonder if there are any alternatives? Yes, alternatives do exist, depending on the severity of your tooth infection.
Alternatives to root canal treatment:
1. Direct pulp capping
Dentists may recommend direct pulp capping in order to prevent having future root canals or tooth extractions due to severe damage or decay that exposes the pulp to the environment. In most cases, direct pulp capping is only recommended if the exposed pulp appears healthy, has no signs of inflammation, or shows no other signs of decay.
Pulpotomy is a procedure in which the pulp is removed. It can be done when the pulp has been exposed because of tooth decay or damage. If there are any signs of infection or irreversible damage to the pulp, a pulpotomy won't do the job. In this case, a pulpectomy or extraction will be needed.
3. Tooth extraction
A tooth extraction means the entire tooth will be removed. You can also hear this procedure called having the tooth pulled. Your dentist may recommend an extraction in cases where there is extreme tooth decay or damage. If this cannot be repaired by other means, such as a root canal, your dentist will likely recommend an extraction.
After a tooth is removed it could be replaced by dental implants, a dental bridge, or removable partial denture.
No one likes the thought of having a root canal, and many people fear the procedure because they think it will be painful. The truth is, root canals are actually quite common and are usually not painful. In fact, most people report feeling little to no pain during the procedure. And with modern advances in dentistry, there are now several options for root canal sedation that can help keep you comfortable during the procedure.
As with many dental procedures, a root canal usually requires anesthetic. This is a pain-inhibiting medicine. Moreover, the technology used for root canal treatments has also improved over time.
Simply put: Delaying a root canal can prolong the amount of pain or sensitivity that may result from a damaged or decayed tooth.
Furthermore, the longer you wait, the less likely you are to be able to save the tooth. Do you consider root canal treatment? Ask us about our sedation dentistry Noblesville options.
Patients often wonder if they can take medication before and after their root canal procedure. The answer is yes, you can take medication before and after your root canal. However, it is important to speak with your dentist beforehand to ensure that the medication will not interact with the root canal procedure. At any rate, it is important to follow your dentist's instructions for root canal aftercare.
Root canal aftercare is important to ensure that the infection does not return. Aftercare includes taking pain medication as prescribed and avoiding chewing on hard foods for at least 24 hours after the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact our dental office for root canal treatment in Noblesville.
Among the most common questions we are asked is how soon after treatment a person can return to work or school? It varies, but in most cases they can resume activities the very next day.
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