Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, involves removing a tooth's diseased inner tissue and restoring the tooth's structure with a custom-made dental crown. An endodontist is a specialist who has received three to four years of additional training from dental school to provide complex procedures like root canals.
At Cadena Dentistry, our dentists perform root canals by first numbing the tooth to ensure your comfort and then using tools called files to remove the diseased tissue inside the tooth. They carefully clean out the root canals and then seal the tooth to prevent reinfection. Once this part of the procedure is completed, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect the treated area until the patient’s permanent restoration is ready.
What Are the Symptoms of an Endodontic Problem?
An aching tooth may be a sign of decay or a cavity. If left untreated, an infection could develop in the tooth and affect the bone.
Sensitivity to Hot or Cold Temperatures
Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures is often caused by tooth decay. The enamel protecting the tooth will break down over time if the decay isn’t treated, causing the tooth to be sensitive to temperature changes.
When tooth decay and bacteria enter the bloodstream through the gum tissues, your gums can become swollen and puffy. You may also experience bleeding when flossing and brushing your teeth.
Teeth become darker in color when there is tooth decay present. This is a sign of advanced decay, and you’ll want to get checked out immediately to prevent further damage.
Bad breath is typically the result of poor oral hygiene habits and the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums. However, it’s also possible to have bad breath due to an infection.
The Procedure for Endodontic Therapy
During your procedure, our dentist will administer local anesthesia, preventing you from feeling any discomfort or pain during treatment. Our dentist will then remove the infected pulp and nerves before thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the area. Finally, the space will be sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. At your next appointment, our dentist will ensure your tooth is healing properly.
If the infection severely damages your tooth, a dental crown may be required to protect the tooth and restore its function. After receiving treatment at our office, your tooth should last a lifetime. However, practicing good oral hygiene habits at home and regular checkups with the dentist are essential to ensure your root canal's success.
By visiting Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, for preventive dentistry treatments like exams and cleanings, you can adopt healthy habits that will help you prevent the need for endodontic therapy in the future. Call (830) 775-3322 today to book your appointment.