Restore Infected teeth
root canal Therapy In Elk Grove
If you’ve got a toothache in Elk Grove that won’t go away, your tooth may be infected, and require treatment with root canal therapy. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can get relief from your pain and restore your tooth. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and get the dental care you need from Dr. Jeron Winslow and the team at The Grove Family Dental.
What is root canal therapy?
Understanding The Basics
Root canal therapy, or a “root canal” for short, is a treatment that’s used to restore infected teeth. Typically, teeth become infected when a large cavity destroys the outer layer of the tooth and exposes the interior pulp, or when serious oral trauma cracks or damages the outer structure of the tooth.
Either way, this results in an infection of the pulp inside the tooth, which is filled with nerves and blood vessels and keeps the tooth alive. Over time, the infection will continue to destroy the pulp, and will eventually kill the tooth, causing significant pain and eventual tooth loss.
A root canal is used to prevent this from happening. In this procedure, an opening is made in the surface of the tooth, then special tools are used to remove the decayed material and clean out the inside of the tooth, eliminating the infection. Then, the tooth is filled to replace the missing pulp and restored with a filling or a crown to restore its appearance, strength, and function.
What to expect
the root canal process
To begin the process, Dr. Jeron Winslow will clean your mouth and numb the area near your infected tooth. This ensures you feel no pain or discomfort. Once your mouth is completely numb, Dr. Winslow will use a dental drill to trim away damaged tooth material, and to create a small hole in the surface of the tooth.
Through this opening, he will extract damaged pulp and other material from the interior of your tooth. Once the necessary material has been extracted, he will flush the tooth with disinfectant to kill any remaining bacteria, then fill it up with a rubber-like material, which replaces the missing pulp.
Finally, the tooth will be restored with a filling or covered with a temporary crown, depending on your case. If you get a temporary crown, you’ll need to come back for a follow-up to have your permanent porcelain crown placed.
Do I need a Root canal?
The Signs of Infected Teeth
The most common sign of an infected tooth is a serious, prolonged toothache that won’t go away or gets worse after several days. If you are experiencing severe oral pain, come and see Dr. Winslow as soon as possible. Oral pain is never normal.
Other signs include tenderness and sensitivity when chewing, swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums, gum discoloration, and tooth discoloration. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should get dental care at The Grove Family Dental right away. Dr. Winslow will examine your mouth, determine if a root canal is necessary, and provide you with the care you need in Elk Grove.