Over time, teeth can become significantly damaged by decay and wear and tear. In fact, they can become so damaged that you might think that there’s no other option other than having it extracted. However, Dr. Stephen Dean takes all the necessary steps to confirm if your natural tooth can be saved via root canal therapy in Covington, GA. After all, no tooth replacement is better than your original tooth. To learn how the process works or get your aching tooth the care it needs, give our dental office a call and we’ll help you get started!
If your tooth is experiencing severe discomfort, whether you’re chewing food or doing absolutely nothing at all, it’s a good sign that root canal therapy is needed. Additionally, if you notice symptoms tied to infection, such as high fever or facial swelling, it’s far more likely that bacteria have accessed the vulnerable inner area of your tooth where the pulp lies. From there, we’ll need to reach the pulp through a small hole created in the crown portion of your tooth. Then, we’ll remove any diseased or dead tissue, irrigate the canal, fill the tooth with gutta percha to reduce the risk of future infection, and finally cover the tooth with a custom-made dental crown.
Overall, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment, but this can vary depending on how many teeth need to receive treatment. Keep in mind that infections can spread very quickly if left untreated, which is why all oral infections should be treated as a dental emergency. In most cases, root canal therapy takes one to two hours to complete.
Following your therapy, you can expect to be in recovery for at most a few days. Just like with any oral surgery, you’ll likely experience some discomfort over this period. As long as you practice daily oral care and follow all of Dr. Dean’s aftercare instructions, you should heal properly.
If you had a root canal completed by a previous dentist and it did not heal properly or complications arose, we can perform retreatment of the tooth and remove any remaining infected tissue that was not properly irrigated before. Surgery at the apex of the tooth (known as an apicoectomy) can also be performed. In the worst case scenario, the tooth will need to be extracted outright to prevent infection of neighboring teeth. The last thing you should do is put off your treatment as doing so can actually put you at great risk of future infection of neighboring teeth.