There are many reasons why a tooth may need a root canal. If you think you need a root canal, please schedule an appointment to have either Dr. Moreno or Dr. Young diagnose the issue and discuss your individual case in detail. In some cases, you will need to take an antibiotic prior to the actual root canal appointment. A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth.
At the center of your tooth is the nerve or the pulp. The pulp is a soft tissue composed of nerves and blood vessels. The pulp can become infected if decay gets too close, if the tooth sustains trauma, if the tooth is cracked, or if the tooth has been filled. The most common symptoms are sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, pain when chewing, and possibly swelling.
Not all teeth can be saved with root canal therapy, and you will be informed if it would be in your best interest to have the tooth removed and to look at replacement options.
Special care is always taken to ensure that you will be completely numb in the area where we will be working.
After removing the nerve of the tooth, or cleaning out the dead nerve, you may notice differences in your tooth. For example, it will no longer have the ability to detect hot or cold things. In addition, teeth that have had root canals become brittle and are prone to fracture. As a precaution to avoid tooth fracture, you will likely need to have the tooth crowned.
It may take some time for the tooth to feel completely normal after the root canal is completed. Many of the symptoms that led you to seek treatment will be gone, but in cases where large infections were present, the body must be allowed to heal, and a root canal is just the beginning of the healing process. Depending on the reason for the root canal, it may feel better in a few days or it may take a few weeks.
Over the counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol is typically all that is needed for this healing period. Your tooth will let you know as soon as it is ready for normal activity.
Our professional, friendly dental team will make sure you have a wonderful experience at Moreno & Young Dental. We provide comprehensive preventive, family, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services for Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Everson, and surrounding areas.