Save Infected Teeth
Root Canal Therapy
If you have an untreated cavity or a tooth that is broken and isn’t repaired in time, it may become infected and cause you serious pain and discomfort. Without proper treatment, you may be at risk of losing your tooth permanently. At Cornerstone Dentistry, Dr. Keleigh Lascari will get you back to optimal health with gentle root canal therapy.
Signs of Infected Teeth
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Tooth infections occur when the outside layers of your tooth are broken or worn down by tooth decay or oral trauma, exposing the tender nerve and blood vessel-filled pulp inside your tooth to oral bacteria.
The signs of an infected tooth are fairly easy to recognize. Most commonly, you’ll experience a painful and severe toothache that will not go away after 1-2 days. Sensitivity to heat, cold, and the pressure of chewing are also common. You may also notice swelling, inflammation and discoloration of the gums around the affected tooth. In severe cases, you may even notice swelling of your face and cheek, or a fever.
What to Expect
The Root Canal Process
Root canal therapy typically only takes a single 1-2 hour appointment. First, Dr. Lascari will begin by cleaning and numbing the treatment area. Then, she will trim your tooth to remove any damaged tooth material, and create a small opening in the tooth.
Through this opening, Dr. Lascari will use a variety of specialized dental tools to remove infected tooth material and bacteria. Then, the tooth will be flushed and disinfected to remove any remaining bacteria. After this, the tooth will be filled to restore its structure.
Finally, Dr. Lascari will restore your tooth with a filling or a temporary crown. Depending on the location of your tooth, you may need to come back in a few weeks to have a permanent crown placed to protect your remaining tooth structure.
Do Root Canals Hurt? No!
What You Need To Know
We use powerful numbing agents to ensure that root canal treatment is not painful at all. The process is about as invasive as having a tooth filled, and your mouth will be completely numb during the entire process.
At Cornerstone Dentistry, we even offer sedation with laughing gas, if you feel it will make you more comfortable. Root canals do not hurt after treatment, either. There is no prolonged healing process, so you can get back to your day-to-day life immediately. Your treated tooth might feel a little bit tender for a day or two, but that’s it.