Most of the time, a dental infection only damages the outermost layer of a tooth, leading to a cavity in the enamel. However, bacteria can sometimes reach the internal nerve of a tooth called the dental pulp, leading to the mother of all toothaches. Rather than just removing the tooth like dentists of the past, at Creating Smiles, PC, we can both stop the pain and save the tooth with root canal therapy. If you have a terrible toothache that only seems to be getting worse, contact us today—getting a root canal in Valparaiso might be exactly what you need for relief!
We understand that root canals have a bad name, but the truth is that the treatment is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling – and it can save your tooth!
If you experience any of the following signs, call your emergency dentist in Valparaiso right away to schedule an appointment to check whether root canal therapy is needed:
After we give you an exam and determine that yes, your dental pulp is infected, the first part of a root canal is to numb the area around the tooth. Then, a small hole is placed into the tooth, and this allows Dr. Kapers to remove the pulp. The tooth is then cleaned, sanitized, and filled with a synthetic material known as gutta-percha. At a follow-up appointment, the tooth will be covered with a crown, and from there, the tooth should be able to look and function like normal for years to come.
More often than not, our patients report that getting a root canal is no more uncomfortable than undergoing a simple filling. This is because we’ll make sure to use plenty of local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. When the anesthetic wears off, you can expect to experience some minor soreness and discomfort for a few days afterward. During this period, try chewing on the opposite side of your mouth, or stick to a soft-food diet. It may also help to take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
Most of the time, root canal therapy is required because there is an infection deep within the pulp of the tooth. Root canal therapy is considered emergency dentistry because it is needed right away in order to prevent this infection from spreading to other teeth, your gums, or the bone supporting your teeth. Once the infection presents a real danger of spreading to other areas, it’s too late for a root canal. The tooth must be extracted.
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