Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that can save a badly damaged tooth from being extracted. Beneath a tooth’s enamel and dentin is its pulp, a soft tissue that is present inside the root canal. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed, you will likely need a root canal to remove it and replace it with materials that seal off the root canal from its supporting structures.
Do you need a New Orleans root canal? If you are in need of a root canal, you might experience:
- Severe pain, especially while eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
- Sensitivity or lingering pain when your tooth is exposed to heat or cold.
- Swollen, tender gums near the root of the tooth.
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth or the gums surrounding the tooth.
- Painful sores or lumps on the gums.
It is important to note that you might not experience any symptoms, which is one reason why you should always schedule regular dental examinations and cleanings.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
With a few simple steps, the expert team at Southern Dental Care can perform your New Orleans root canal:
- X-rays — First, we take x-rays to observe the extent of the infection or inflammation and identify any previous root canal procedures for the tooth.
- Anesthesia — Next, we numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic. You will remain awake, but the anesthetic provides you with a comfortable, pain-free procedure. If you’re feeling especially nervous, however, we are happy to discuss extra measures we can take to ensure your relaxation.
- Removal — Once you are comfortably numb, we carefully and expertly remove the damaged tissues.
- Cleaning and sealing — Finally, we will tailor the remainder of your procedure to the needs presented by your tooth. For more serious infections, we may leave the surface of the tooth open for additional drainage and schedule a second or third appointment. In some cases, we may use a temporary filling. It is also sometimes possible to seal the tooth completely in a single appointment.
In each and every case, Southern Dental Care will work with you to provide the treatment and care you need for your specific situation.
What Should I Do After a Root Canal?
In the immediate aftermath of your root canal, your mouth will be numb and you should avoid eating. Once the anesthetic wears off, you can start eating small amounts of soft food. There is usually little to no pain following a root canal procedure, although you may experience some discomfort if you had a serious infection. We can work with you to recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or prescribe antibiotics as needed for your comfort and recovery. Be sure to practice good dental hygiene, including regular flossing, after your root canal to properly care for your teeth!
If you think you may require our New Orleans root canal services, please contact us today. Our dental office is conveniently located in Marrero, and we are just 15 minutes from the Central Business District, 20 minutes from the Garden District, and under 30 minutes from the Uptown neighborhoods.