Root Canal Therapy

What Are Root Treatment?

A Root Canal is a common procedure designed to eradicate bacteria from an infected tooth. During root canal therapy, Dr. Poles opens an access hole in the top of your affected tooth and removes inflamed pulp of the tooth— the part of your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. After eradicating the infection, Dr. Poles cleans your root canal with an antiseptic solution and seals your tooth with a crown, preventing further damage.

Will I Know It If I Need a Root Canal?

Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Poles can determine if you need a root canal. However, there are telltale signs to watch out for, including:

  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Darkening of your gums

You should also schedule an appointment with Dr. Poles if you develop pimples or cysts on your gums.

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What Are The Benefits Of Root Canals?

Root canals get a bad rap, but thanks to modern treatment techniques and anesthetics, they’re quick, effective, and almost entirely pain-free. In addition, undergoing a root canal presents a variety of benefits, including:

  • More efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force
  • Restoring your tooth’s appearance
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Root canal treatment also protects your tooth from excessive strain and prevents the need for an extraction. This means you get to keep your permanent tooth, no restorations or prosthetics necessary.

Following Root Canal Treatment, What Is The Recovery Like?

Once you return home and the anesthesia wears off, it’s perfectly normal to experience some pain, general discomfort, and swelling. Usually, over-the-counter pain medications are enough to provide relief. However, if your pain gets worse or persists for more than a day or two, call Dr. Poles right away.

As your mouth heals, you’ll want to avoid biting down or chewing with your affected tooth. You should also follow Dr. Poles’ instructions in terms of brushing and flossing. You’ll also return to Omni Dental two to three days later for a follow-up appointment. This allows Dr. Poles to monitor your progress and ensure your infection doesn’t spread and it is completely eradicated.

If you’re experiencing a toothache or swollen gums, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. Call or click the online booking tool to make an appointment at Omni Dental today.

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