Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry, but they can save your tooth. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated, your tooth may have to be removed – a root canal procedure can save your tooth.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. Dr. Mohn will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. He will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
You can expect mouth soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so you do not irritate the area and also to ensure that the temporary restorative material properly sets. You will also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness or the loss of the temporary filling call Dr. Mohn’s office immediately.
To learn more about root canals, or to discuss the possibility of saving your tooth via root canal, contact our office today.