When it comes to dental care, the term “root canal” can make some people a little nervous. However, it is a common treatment that can actually help save your teeth. At Martinez Dental Solutions, we take great pride in compassionate and professional dental care services. Today, we are sharing the top things to know about root canals to help put your mind at ease.
To begin, there are some symptoms that indicate a root canal may be the solution. An abscess (or pimple) on the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, and severe tooth pain are all indicators that a root canal may be a recommended treatment. If any of these symptoms occur, then it’s time to call a dentist for a checkup.
The Root Issue
Sometimes there are no symptoms present at all. Regardless of having symptoms or not, the reason a root canal treatment is offered comes down to the issues hiding beneath the surface of the teeth. There are three main reasons a root canal is needed – when decay has reached the pulp, if infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth at the root tip, or if injury or trauma to the tooth has taken place. Our dentists can walk you through a treatment plan to help ease your concerns.
Depending on what issues the root canal is addressing, the entire process could require more than one visit. When the tooth is numb, a rubber sheet is placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. Next, nerve tissue, pulp, and bacteria are removed. If decay is present, it will be removed with special dental instruments. Then, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling is applied. Otherwise, a permanent filling is applied. Finally, a crown is placed over the tooth to prevent breakage and restore it to its full function. Some sensitivity may be present but will subside as the inflammation decreases.
Our team at Martinez Dental Solutions is ready to help you with all of your root canal, cosmetic dentistry, implants, teeth whitening, and other dental needs. We serve Jacksonville and nearby communities, including Orange Park and St. Augustine. Request an appointment online today.