When decay penetrates into the pulpy interior of your tooth, a root canal is often the best option to restore your tooth and reduce your risk of tooth loss. Saeid Badie, DDS, provides expert root canal treatments at his practice in Tucson, Arizona. If you have a sore or sensitive tooth or if you’re due for a dental exam, call Dr. Badie or make an appointment online today.
Every year, dentists across the United States perform over 15 million root canal procedures to remove decay from the interior of patients teeth before sealing and strengthening the tooth. The center of your tooth is a soft, pulpy area that holds the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive. If decay penetrates to the pulpy interior, it can cause severe pain and eventually lead to tooth loss. Dr. Badie performs root canal procedures to preserve your natural teeth.
The words “root canal” often strike fear into dental patients, but advances in dental technology have made this common procedure more tolerable than ever before. In fact, many patients compare root canals to standard cavity filling procedures.
Dr. Badie begins your root canal by thoroughly numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue. He then uses special tools to remove the decayed tissue from your tooth. When the damaged tissue is gone, he rinses and cleans your tooth before filling it with a special filling and sealing it with a composite or amalgam filling sealant.
If your tooth suffered severe decay and he needs to remove a lot of tissue, Dr. Badie fits your tooth with a dental crown to provide additional strength and protection.
After your root canal, you may have some tenderness after the local anesthetic wears off. In most cases, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and ice packs will relieve any discomfort. You can brush and floss normally, although you may want to clean gently around your treated tooth for a day or so.
You should always brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day to reduce your risk of tooth decay and other dental problems.
In many cases, you might not have any noticeable symptoms that indicate internal tooth decay and the damage may only be revealed during a routine dental exam with X-rays. However, in some cases, you may develop a toothache or temperature sensitivity. You may also notice symptoms such as:
If you develop any dental pain, make an appointment with Dr. Badie for an exam and customized treatment to restore your dental health. Call or schedule an appointment online today.