Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a common and effective endodontic treatment that helps to save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction. Our team at Enhance Dental at Heritage is highly skilled and experienced in providing root canal therapy for our patients in Wake Forest, NC. Our goal is to ensure that the root canal therapy is performed as comfortably and efficiently as possible, with the end result being a fully restored and functional tooth that looks and feels natural. With root canal therapy, our patients can regain their oral health and enjoy the benefits of a strong, healthy smile.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure performed by our Enhance endodontist to treat a damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning the interior, and then sealing it to prevent further damage. The goal of a root canal is to save a damaged or infected tooth, rather than extracting it and potentially requiring a replacement such as a dental implant or bridge. Root canal therapy is usually performed when a tooth’s pulp becomes infected or inflamed, often as a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or a chip or crack in the tooth. The endodontist will carefully remove the damaged or infected pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and then seal it to prevent further infection or inflammation. With proper care, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last a lifetime.
When do you need a Root Canal?
A root canal is typically recommended when a person is suffering from a severely infected or damaged tooth. This can cause significant pain, swelling, and even abscesses. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of the mouth and body, potentially leading to serious health issues. A root canal procedure removes the damaged or infected pulp, disinfects the root canal, and seals the tooth to prevent future problems. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, it’s important to see your Enhance dentist as soon as possible to determine if a root canal is necessary.
Root Canal Aftercare
Root canal aftercare is an essential part of the root canal therapy process. It involves taking care of the treated tooth to ensure a successful outcome and prevent further problems. After a root canal procedure, it’s common for patients to experience some discomfort and sensitivity in the treated area. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and should improve within a few days. To ensure a successful recovery, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.
Here are some guidelines for proper root canal aftercare:
- Avoid biting and chewing on the treated tooth for the first few days.
- Limit your diet to soft foods for the first few days and gradually introduce solid foods back into your diet.
- Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and liquids as they may cause sensitivity in the treated tooth.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent infection.
- Use a warm salt water rinse several times a day to help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort.
- Attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled to monitor the healing process and ensure proper function of the treated tooth.
It’s essential to take good care of the treated tooth and follow these guidelines for proper root canal aftercare to ensure a successful outcome. If you experience any severe pain or discomfort after the procedure, contact us immediately.
Your Enhance Dental team understands that the thought of needing a root canal can be intimidating. That’s why we work hard to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our team of experienced endodontists is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to each and every patient. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll feel at ease with our warm and welcoming staff. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure a successful outcome, and we always make sure to thoroughly explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Whether you’re in need of a routine root canal or a more complex case, you can trust that you’re in good hands with us.
Our team of highly trained and experienced endodontists is dedicated to making sure that every patient who comes to us for root canal therapy leaves with a brighter, healthier smile. If you’re ready to take the first step towards restoring your dental health, then we invite you to contact us directly. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you schedule a consultation with one of our endodontists. Don’t let discomfort or embarrassment keep you from smiling with confidence – take the first step towards a healthy, beautiful smile!