The last thing you want in your life is chronic pain, especially when that pain prevents you from doing the most basic activities throughout your day. Simple acts such as chewing become unbearable if your teeth won’t stop throbbing in pain. Luckily, root canals in Coeur d’Alene can relieve you of that pain once and for all.
Soon you’ll know the process behind root canal therapy, giving you the confidence the day of your treatment. Keep reading to find out how to start eating comfortably once again.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is performed when the nerve or pulp of your tooth is infected or inflamed. This could be either from dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or an injury to the tooth. To determine if you need a root canal, look for the following symptoms:
- Mild to severe pain in your tooth
- Pain while chewing or biting down in any way
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids
- Tender or swollen gums near the source of pain
Severe pain should trigger a call to your emergency dentist as this could be a result of an infection of the inner pulp layer of teeth. Once you arrive, the dentist will perform X-rays to confirm the source of the problem. Then, they’ll explain the treatment process, including how they’ll alleviate your pain and attempt to save your tooth.
What Does the Treatment Entail?
Depending on the severity, root canals are completed in one to two visits. First, your dentist will numb the affected area with local anesthesia or provide nitrous oxide to soothe your nerves during the procedure. Then, your dentist will access your tooth through a small hole in the back of the tooth where they’ll remove the infected tissue.
After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, your dentist will reshape the canal and use a biocompatible material called gutta percha to refill the interior of your tooth. Gutta percha is a hard, tough thermoplastic substance that consists of hydrocarbon isomeric and rubber. After the treatment, you’ll want to give yourself time to recuperate and heal.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Like other surgeries, root canal therapy requires proper post-op management to ensure your mouth returns to it’s pre-infected condition. To reduce discomfort, swelling, and bleeding following your treatment, maintain a diet of soft foods and avoid any activities that would put your affected area at risk, such as high-impact sports.
If any of the symptoms you experienced prior to surgery arise again, especially after several days, contact your dentist immediately for an emergency examination.
Don’t let chronic pain continue to ruin your life. Contact your dentist about root canals in Coeur d’Alene today to schedule an appointment!
About the Author
Dr. Filip Orban earned his B.A. in Biology from Southern Adventist University followed by his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. With multiple honors under his belt, including Best Dentist in 2013 and 2014 as well as an “America’s Top Dentists” listing by Consumers Research of America in 2016, Dr. Orban’s dedication and excellence to dental care is well-documented. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (208) 667-1546 or visit his website.