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Root Canal Dentist Little Rock

Root Canals in Little Rock, AR

A root canal is a restorative dentistry procedure that is used to save a tooth that is badly infected or has decayed. During the procedure the nerve and pulp inside the tooth is extracted from the central part of the tooth and the tooth is cleaned out and sealed with a strengthening filler.

The tooth’s nerve is not a vital part of the health and function of the tooth which is why is can be successfully removed without damage the tooth. The only function the nerve provides is the sensation for hot and cold and it is purely sensory.

WHY DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL?

Root canal treatment is required when the nerve tissue inside a tooth degenerates. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or a fracture of your tooth can make a tooth susceptible to a bacterial infection, which can created pressure, stimulate increased blood flow and kill the nerve within the tooth. Without root canal treatment, the infection within the tooth pulp can result in an abscess, which can eventually lead to damage to the jawbone, loss of the tooth and even more pain.

A root canal is necessary if you want to save your tooth and ensure that the tissue around the root of the tooth remains healthy and is free of inflammation. Make sure to see a cosmetic dentist in the earliest stages of this condition. Otherwise, more action will be required.

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL?

If a tooth is causing you pain or if the gums adjacent to the tooth are swollen and tender, you may need a root canal. Another symptom is if the tooth has become extra sensitive to heat or cold and/or if the tooth appears to be discolored. If the tooth is inflamed or shows signs of infection within the pulp of the tooth then we would recommend getting the root canal procedure.

The following are other symptoms that might lead you to the dentist:

  • A recurring abscess on the gums
  • Toothache pain from chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures

If you experience the symptoms mentioned above, contact Little Rock Family Dental Care so we can examine your tooth and take the necessary course of action before the condition gets worse.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?

With today’s technology, root canal therapy should not be painful. The patient undergoes general anesthesia so you shouldn’t feel a thing. We simply clean out the damaged canal, seal it with strengthening filler and you are on your way. Below are the steps of action:

THE PROCEDURE:

  • The patient undergoes anesthesia.
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
  • With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
  • The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.
  • Patients MUST see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.

RISKS AFTER A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE

Some patients will experience post-procedure soreness or slight inflammation of the tissue. To alleviate the discomfort you can follow the dentist’s recommendation by taking with over-the-counter pain medications. In an extreme case, we might prescribe an antibiotic and a prescription-strength pain reliever.

Following a root canal procedure you should never chew directly on the treated tooth until its final restoration has occurred. If the patient does not follow said instruction, the tooth might crack and it will need to be repaired. It’s important to keep in mind that the longer you wait to complete the restoration stage the more likely it is bacteria will reinfect the treated tooth and you would have to undergo the procedure again or risk the possibility of losing that tooth as a whole.

A follow-up appointment might be necessary for some, but be sure to continue with regular dental visits for cleanings and general dental checkups. Contact Little Rock Family Dental Care for more information or to schedule your appointment today!