When a tooth is broken or has a deep cavity, bacteria from your mouth can infect the nerve in the center of your tooth. The bacteria kill the nerve and an abscess may form. If left untreated, spreading bacterial infection could become life threatening.
The good news is that we can save most infected teeth with a root canal. Having a root canal at Riverview Dental Associates prevents tooth removal, saving your tooth and your smile!
Symptoms that a Root Canal May Be Necessary
Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. Signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, or throbbing in the tooth especially when lying down. Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums are also common.
If you experience any of these symptoms, please call our Auburn dental office to schedule an appointment.
Root Canal Procedure
Root canals involve one or more office visits where the tooth will be numbed up for the procedure. Unlike what you may have heard, root canals are not typically painful. In fact, our patients sometimes fall asleep during the procedure! After we numb your tooth, we will remove the nerve from inside the tooth, clean out the bacterial infection, and seal the tooth with a biocompatible material. Within six months of a root canal, your tooth should be crowned to protect it from breaking.
During your procedure, Dr. Bernardy, Dr. Dettori, or Dr. Burns may utilize cone beam 3D scans to see fine details of your tooth and roots from all directions. Seeing these fine details allows for better long-term success of your root canal. We also use magnification to better visualize the canals inside the roots of your tooth, ensuring that we have removed all traces of the infection.
The best way to ensure the success of your root canal is to visit our office regularly for cleanings and exams. Your home care (brushing and flossing) will also decrease harmful bacteria and plaque that could compromise your root canal. As long as you take care of your dental health and see us regularly, your root canal can last a lifetime!