No one wants to have a root canal, but when they’re necessary, you need expert care. At Regal Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expert team of cosmetic and family dentists offers gentle and compassionate care to restore your dental health and save your tooth. For the best dental care, call for an appointment, or use the online scheduler to book online.
When your tooth is infected or abscessed, it compromises the pulp, or the core, of your tooth. To keep from losing your tooth, the team performs a root canal procedure to remove the diseased pulp and restore your tooth.
Root canals are the last resort for saving a tooth that has been damaged by infection, decay, or injury.
When you need a root canal, there are a few telltale symptoms to watch out for, such as:
Don’t suffer needlessly when any of these symptoms are present. Root canals quickly relieve the pain from infection and decay.
With great care and skill, your dentist opens the tooth to reach the pulp chamber. They use small instruments to remove all the damaged pulp and thoroughly clean the area within your tooth.
When the infected tissue is removed, your dentist fills your tooth with a medical-grade rubber material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha seals the root and keeps it separated from the nerves in your bones. Your tooth will likely be topped with a protective crown that matches your other teeth.
The treated area will be sore and sensitive for a few days and possibly up to a week, but the pain from the infection will be gone. You may have some swelling, too, but it will quickly subside.
Until your crown is placed, you’ll need to take precautions with sticky or hard foods. Otherwise, caring for a tooth that’s had a root canal is the same as your other teeth. You’ll need to brush, floss, and maintain regular dental check-ups.
When you need urgent relief from pain or want to know more about how a root canal can preserve a tooth, call Regal Dentistry for an appointment, or use the easy online scheduler to book online.