If you have a severe toothache, root canal therapy can stop the pain, preserve your tooth, and prevent the need for an extraction. At Fremaux Dental Care located in Slidell, Louisiana, experienced general and family dentist Britney Beard, DDS, specializes in root canal therapy. The procedure is quick, pain-free, and provides lasting results. Call Fremaux Dental Care today to request a denture consultation or make your appointment online.
Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure used to treat damaged or infected tooth pulp.
Pulp is inside each tooth and contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It enables you to feel temperature sensations but isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival. Removing the pulp eliminates infection and inflammation and preserves your oral health.
Fremaux Dental Care uses root canal therapy to treat tooth pulp damage caused by:
If you experience swelling, increased sensitivity, or a sensation of heat in your gums, contact your dentist immediately.
Root canal therapy is an outpatient procedure that features several steps, including:
Your dentist administers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral conscious sedation, ensuring your comfort.
Next, they use special tools to carefully remove the infected or inflamed pulp from the center of your tooth.
Your dentist rinses out the center of your tooth with an antibiotic solution, eliminating the infection and harmful bacteria. Then, they carefully clean out each of your root canals.
Your dentist fills your tooth with a soft material called gutta-percha then takes a series of digital impressions.
They upload your impressions to a computer-design program and create a blueprint for a custom crown. Your dentist uploads the design to the CEREC milling machine, and the machine creates a crown from a block of ceramic.
When the machine finishes, your dentist bonds the crown on top of your treated tooth.
After root canal therapy, it’s normal to experience some mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. Avoid biting down on your new crown for at least a day so the bonding material has plenty of time to dry.
A new crown takes a bit of getting used to. Brush and floss more gently than usual for the first few days, and avoid using your teeth as tools. Don’t chew on ice cubes and avoid bad habits like nail-biting. By following these tips, your crown may last 10-12 years* or longer.
Call Fremaux Dental Care to learn more about root canal therapy today or make your appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.