Patients with tooth pain, swollen gums, and bad breath, may have a dental infection or abscess. It is important to treat signs of tooth decay before it affects the dental pulp, which keeps teeth alive. The dental pulp is made up of nerves, cells, and blood vessels within the tooth chamber.
Dr. Lauren Francis and Dr. Rawley Fuller provide root canal treatment in Hampstead, NC to help restore healthy, functional teeth. Root canal treatment can preserve natural teeth and prevent future dental problems.
Root Canal Treatment and Preventing Infections
To begin root canal treatment, we numb the treated tooth. Then, we make a small hole in the tooth to access the tooth chamber. We remove the infected dental pulp, shape the canal, and disinfect the tooth chamber. Then, we fill the tooth chamber with a composite dental filling that blends in with the appearance of natural teeth.
There are many things you can do to help prevent tooth decay:
- Brush and floss: Brush for two minutes twice daily, in the morning and before bed. Use fluoride toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval on the packaging. Flossing before brushing can remove food between the teeth and prevent bacteria buildup. Brushing and flossing together can help minimize cavities and gum disease.
- Monitor foods and drinks: Sugars, starches, and acidic foods and drinks attract bacteria. Hydrating, eating fruits and vegetables, and choosing healthier snacks benefit your overall and oral health.
- Visit the dentist regularly: You should visit the dentist every six months. We can provide dental cleanings and find the signs of decay before it progresses. If you notice tooth pain or sensitivity, don’t ignore it! Contact our office so we can help.
Root Canal FAQs
Learn more about root canal treatment with answers to these common questions:
Do root canals hurt?
During root canal treatment, we help remove the cause of the patient’s pain. After treatment, many patients no longer experience swelling, sensitivity, and other painful symptoms due to infection. We also use a local anesthetic to numb the treated tooth during treatment, so patients will not feel any pain.
What do I avoid after root canal treatment?
Do not consume hot liquids or hard and chewy foods after treatment. Instead, stick to a soft diet after root canal treatment and try to avoid biting near the treatment site. You can brush and floss your teeth, but be very gentle, especially near the treated tooth.
How long is the recovery after a root canal?
It will take multiple days for the treated tooth or teeth to heal following a root canal. Patients will feel soreness 24 to 48 hours following the procedure and will require pain medication as the teeth heal.
Contact Our Hampstead Dental Office
Save teeth with root canal treatment. Schedule a dental consultation with us online or call 910-335-4392. At Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping patients find the best solutions for their smiles.