In essence, a root canal therapy treatment involves opening the tooth to treat infected or inflamed pulp by removing damaged tissue then cleaning, reshaping, filling, and sealing it to prevent further damage and future infections. Endodontic therapy is the treatment of a tooth’s infected or inflamed pulp.
Getting your crown placed will typically involve two appointments at our dental office in Midtown.
A rubber dam will be placed around the affected tooth, held in place by a few small clamps to enable better vision for your dentist and more comfort for you while in the chair. A local anesthetic is then applied before your endodontist creates a small opening in the tooth to remove infected pulp. Using a variety of files, your dentist will then scrape and remove damaged pulp before enlarging, shaping, and cleaning the canals inside of your tooth. A rubber material (gutta-percha) is then used to fill and seal the canals of your tooth before a permanent filling is affixed over the incision point.
It is natural for your affected tooth to retain sensitivity in the first few days after your procedure, therefore it is recommended you avoid hard, solid foods for the first several days. Especially during this time (but also in general) it is important to brush and floss twice and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once daily to maintain good oral hygiene.
Although a full restoration may be necessary depending on the severity of the dental pulp disease, with proper oral hygiene and care, your endodontically treated tooth can last just as long as a natural tooth!
If you are experiencing sharp pains in your mouth and teeth, don’t hesitate to call our Midtown dentist office at (877)858-1624 or request a root canal consult here. Don’t let misplaced fear of pain dissuade you from getting a root canal, it could save your tooth — and your smile!
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