Root Canal Treatment
Have you noticed severe pain in your tooth? Or a pimple on your gum? Maybe you have lingering sensitivity to hot or cold?
These may be signs of a tooth infection. Without root canal therapy, you could lose the tooth and the infection may spread.
Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, uses advanced techniques to relieve the pain caused by a root canal infection and restore your smile.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is needed when the soft tissue inside a tooth, also known as the pulp, becomes inflamed or infected. While pain is a common symptom, it is not always present when you need a root canal. Other signs that you need this restorative procedure include:
- Severe toothache
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Pain when chewing
- Pimple on your gums
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Deep cavity
- Darkening or swelling of the gums
Gentle Root Canal Treatment: Prevent Tooth Loss & Restore Your Smile
It's a common misconception that root canal treatment is painful. Instead, root canals actually relieve pain caused by infection. By using advanced technology, the dentists at Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, are able to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
If trauma or decay is causing you pain, the dentists at our Flowood, MS, practice can remove the damaged tissue to avoid extraction while preserving your smile and restoring your ability to chew food.
Take Advantage of Comfortable Treatment
Our dentists are careful to take extra steps to make root canal therapy as comfortable as possible. They use advanced technology to carefully plan the procedure. For anxious patients, we offer sedation dentistry. Our techniques and technology make root canals no more uncomfortable than a filling.
Preserve Your Health
A root canal infection can affect surrounding teeth and gum tissue and may lead to deterioration of the jawbone. In some cases, it can be life-threatening. If you need a root canal, it's important to have the infection removed.
Enjoy the Benefits of Advanced Technology
Our dentists use lasers, microscopes, and the Root ZX Apex Locator to navigate the intricate root canals, allowing for the utmost precision during your treatment. Our cutting-edge technologies and techniques, including sedation dentistry, attract patients from throughout the greater Jackson, MS, area.
How an Infection Damages a Tooth's Pulp
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Looking for Advanced Root Canal Treatment?
Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, has nearly 100 years of combined experience. Our dentists and exceptional team of hygienists and assistants offer patients the latest advancements in dental care.
Our state-of-the-art technology and techniques make treatment of infected root canals as safe and gentle as possible. We offer:
- Sedation dentistry
- CEREC®, computer-aided design and fabrication of crowns
- Drill-less air abrasion techniques to remove decay
- The Wand® computer-assisted injection technology
- Digital x-ray
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Root Canals Can Save Teeth
The philosophy of the dentists at Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, is to preserve as much of your healthy dental tissue as possible. When an infection is discovered in the pulp, a root canal is typically the most conservative approach to relieving your pain and avoiding an extraction.
In contrast, extracting and then replacing the tooth with a bridge or a dental implant requires multiple treatments that typically cost more than a simple root canal. These additional procedures could possibly impact neighboring teeth, as well.
Removing Infection to Relieve Pain
Can Your Tooth Can Be Saved?
Healthy Outer Structure
For a root canal to be successful, there must be enough remaining tooth after the procedure to support a crown. However, if there is a large cavity or structural damage, such as a crack that extends below the gums, then an extraction may be your only choice. You would then be advised to get a dental implant or bridge to restore your bite.
If the infection is in a wisdom tooth, the dentist will likely recommend extracting it. Fortunately, most people will not need to replace an extracted wisdom tooth with a bridge or implant. In fact, due to their hard-to-brush location and problems they cause with surrounding teeth, dentists often recommend removing them even then they are healthy.
What Can I Expect During a Root Canal?
Same-Day Crowns after a Root Canal
Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, uses in-office CEREC technology that allows our dentists to create and place porcelain crowns during the same visit.
To do this, the dentist will shape the tooth, take a digital impression, create the crown, and then place it during your visit. The design and fabrication of the crown can usually be completed in under an hour.
You walk out of the practice with a fully restored smile.
Root Canal Treatment Recovery
You should avoid eating until after numbness from the anesthetic wears off. You may feel some tenderness for a few days after your treatment, but over-the-counter medication can usually manage this discomfort.
If you had a temporary filling or crown placed, you should avoid chewing or biting on the treated area until it is fully restored. Further, because unrestored teeth are more susceptible to fracture, you should avoid hard food until the permanent restorations have been placed.
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