Lafitte Root Canal Service - Southern Dental Care

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7301 Westbank Expy., Marrero, LA 70072

Same-Day Consultations Available!

7301 Westbank Expy., Marrero, LA 70072

Lafitte Root Canal Specialist Team

A root canal is a dental technique used to treat and repair a severely damaged tooth. It involves removing the damaged part of the tooth and resealing it to prevent further infection. Our Lafitte root canal specialists can help.

Requiring a Root Canal: Situations that Damage Teeth

A root canal is required when a tooth suffers severe damage that goes deep into the pulp at the center. This damage is usually caused by an infected cavity that spreads, but it could also begin with a chipped or cracked tooth.

You may need a root canal if you experience:

  • Swollen, tender gums near the tooth.
  • The tooth turning a dark color.
  • A painful sore or lump on the gums.
  • Severe pain while eating, drinking or brushing your teeth.
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold.

The Root Canal Procedure: Step by Step

  1. X-rays: Before your dentist can begin the root canal, x-rays will be required to clearly show the problem area in the tooth.
  2. Anesthesia: You’ll remain awake during your root canal, but your dentist will use a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t feel any pain. If you’re experiencing a great deal of anxiety, talk to your dentist about additional options for staying relaxed and comfortable.
  3. Removal: Next, your dentist will use special tools to carefully remove the damaged area of the tooth.
  4. Cleaning and Sealing: What happens from here will depend on the nature of your specific problem. If the infection is very deep, your dentist might leave the surface of the tooth open to allow for more drainage. Sometimes, a temporary filling is used. It also might be possible to seal the tooth completely in one go, but serious infections sometimes require two or even three appointments.

Root Canal Procedure: Notes for Aftercare

Avoid eating immediately after the procedure. When your mouth is no longer numb, you can begin eating small amounts of soft food. However, it’s important to be very careful while chewing. Your mouth could remain a bit swollen, and chewing haphazardly could result in biting your cheek or tongue. Continue to brush and floss as you normally would.

In the days following your root canal, you might feel a bit sore and tender. Your dentist might recommend an over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen. Contact your dentist for a follow-up appointment if you experience visible swelling, a return of the original symptoms or an uneven bite. If you notice hives or other symptoms of an allergic reaction, visit a doctor right away. You might be having a reaction to the medications used during the procedure.

Preventing Future Root Canals: Oral Hygiene at Home

A root canal is never a fun experience. You can prevent having to go through this again by committing to excellent oral hygiene and dietary habits.

  • Diet: Steer clear of sweet treats and avoid sugary drinks like fruit juice and soda. If you do have something sweet, rinse your mouth out with water or brush and floss soon afterward.
  • Oral Hygiene: Brush after every meal and floss at least once each day. You can also choose to utilize a water flosser, which shoots a stream of water in between the teeth to remove old food particles and discourage plaque buildup.

If you need a Lafitte root canal, please give Southern Dental Care a call. You can also contact us using this simple online form. We are conveniently located in Marrero, which is only a short drive away. Our compassionate team is ready to provide you with the quality dental care you need. We hope to speak to you soon!

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