How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth

Dentists perform approximately 15 million root canals every year in the United States. This common procedure repairs a damaged or infected tooth, without removing it.

If you’re having pain in your tooth, come see us at one of our Smile Country Dental locations in Santa Rosa or Napa, California. Our team has the expertise and experience needed to diagnose the condition and improve your oral health.

Every tooth in your mouth has pulp at the center. If it becomes infected, a root canal procedure can remove the pulp and nerve from the inside of your tooth and clean the area. You should seek treatment from our team to avoid other serious issues, such as an abscess.

You might have concerns about getting a root canal, but our team knows how to keep you comfortable and put you at ease. Rest assured you’re in good hands with us.

The root canal procedure

We’ll discuss the procedure with you beforehand. You'll also have an opportunity to ask questions. We want you to understand what happens before, during, and after the treatment.

We perform your root canal with our state-of-the-art technology, which allows us to keep you comfortable and without pain. We completely numb the targeted area to make sure you feel nothing. We then drill a small opening in your tooth and remove all infection. We also clean the canals in your tooth to keep it healthy and strong.

To help you avoid infection, we cover your tooth with an antibiotic and then fill your tooth and seal it. Depending on the health of your tooth, we use different restoration solutions that include a composite resin filling or a crown that we place over your tooth. We might need to give you a temporary filling to ensure your tooth heals properly before giving you a permanent one.

Caring for your tooth after your root canal

After your procedure, you might have some sensitivity in the area. Over-the-counter medications can help subside your pain and take away any inflammation. If you have a temporary filling, try not to bite down too much on that side. You want to protect it as much as possible to prevent it from breaking or getting infected again.

To keep your tooth healthy after your treatment, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.

If you suffer from tooth pain, you might need a root canal procedure to save your tooth. Come in and see us at Smile Country Dental for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Call or book an appointment online at either one of our Santa Rosa or Napa locations today.

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