Root Canals Relieve Pain
GENTLE, MINIMAL DISCOMFORT ROOT CANAL THERAPY CAN SAVE YOUR INFECTED TOOTH
If you have an infected or cracked tooth, you may benefit from root canal therapy. During this treatment, Dr. Nghi Tran will clean out bacteria and infected tissue from your tooth. Then he will restore it with a custom-designed dental crown. Like many people, you may assume that a root canal will be very unpleasant. However, at Hue Dental, PLLC, we use gentle techniques and advanced, precise technology. Therefore, your procedure will involve minimal discomfort and no post-treatment sensitivity. Most importantly, after root canal therapy, you will enjoy improved dental function and a restored smile.
Why Would You Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is the most common treatment for an infected tooth. Dental infection develops when bacteria move into in the center of your tooth, called the pulp chamber. Your dental nerves run from this inner chamber down your root canals. Therefore, bacteria can quickly travel down the nerves, often resulting in severe pain and infection. Symptoms of a dental infection can include:
Chronic or intermittent toothache
Pain when biting and chewing
Chronic bad breath
Internal discoloration of a single tooth
Occasionally, Dr. Tran may recommend root canal therapy to restore a cracked tooth. If you have a large crack, but it does not extend quite to your dental root, you may be a good candidate for a root canal.
What to Expect during Root Canal Therapy
Before recommending root canal therapy, Dr. Tran will examine your tooth to determine whether the treatment is right for you. Thanks to our sharp digital x-rays, he can obtain highly accurate views of the inside of your tooth. During the first step of root canal therapy, you will receive local anesthesia. With our gentle methods, you should remain comfortable during treatment. Nevertheless, we also offer sedation if you are feeling nervous about your procedure. Both nitrous oxide and oral sedation are available, and we will help you choose the right type for your needs.
Once you are comfortable, your dentist will create a tiny opening in the top or back of your tooth. Through this access point, he can remove the bacteria and infected tissues. He will also clean out your root canals and reshape the inside of your tooth. In addition, he will use antibacterial rinses to eliminate bacteria more thoroughly. Next, your practitioner will place a soft filling, made of rubbery gutta percha. He will then take impressions of your tooth. Lab technicians at a trusted facility will use these measurements to craft a custom-made dental crown. We offer dental restorations made from many different materials, including tooth-colored porcelain and zirconia. Therefore, we can ensure that your crown matches the overall look of your smile. When the crown is finished, you will have a second appointment. At this visit, Dr. Tran will make sure that the restoration fits properly and matches your smile. He then attaches the crown to your tooth with composite resin.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Most people are concerned about the pain of root canal therapy. In reality, the most noticeable benefit of the treatment is a relief from the pain of a toothache. You may experience temporary slight sensitivity following root canal therapy, but this discomfort will be much less noticeable than the pain of infection. It will fade within a few days. In addition, root canal therapy can save severely damaged teeth. Without this relatively conservative treatment, you might otherwise require extraction and additional restorative treatment.