A root canal is an endodontic treatment used to repair damaged or infected dental pulp. The tooth’s pulp is the soft inside layer of the tooth which is made of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.
When a patient has untreated decay or their tooth has undergone trauma, this inside layer of the tooth can become inflamed, diseased, or infected. A root canal treatment involves the removal of the dental pulp itself and the cleaning of the tooth’s canals before refilling the tooth.
If a root canal is performed in time, it can fully restore the tooth’s health and prevent the need for extraction. Contact us at Tampa Smile Co. today to schedule an appointment.
Root canals are successful 95% of the time.
Dr. Mohammad Bawany will identify signs of decay during an oral exam and take x-rays of your teeth to get a closer look at the tooth’s roots, canals, and to look for infection.
Dr. Bawany will administer local anesthesia before drilling an access hole into the tooth and scraping out the dental pulp.
The root canals of the tooth will be disinfected, cleaned, and shaped. This step may take multiple appointments.
The inside of the tooth will be filled with a material called gutta-percha which is similar to rubber. The treatment is typically completed by placing a dental crown over the tooth.
Antibiotics are not enough to treat tooth infections.
No, your mouth is numbed for the procedure so it’s no more painful than receiving a filling which is to say it’s completely painless! Once the anesthetic wears off, you may experience mild tooth sensitivity and tenderness that lasts for a few days. Taking anti-inflammatory pain medication can relieve your discomfort. Avoid extreme temperatures to alleviate sensitivity.
It is rare for patients to take more than a few days to recover from a root canal. For the first 3 days, your tooth may feel a bit sore. You should wait to eat until the numbing agent has worn off and stick to soft foods for the first 24 hours.
Do not consume hot liquids for the first 24 hours. You can brush and floss your teeth gently as long as you’re careful around the tooth that has received the root canal. Avoid excessively hard and chewy food for the first few days.
If the pain subsides, this does not mean you no longer need a root canal. It could mean the nerves inside of the tooth have died and the infection can spread throughout the body.