Root Canal in Alexandria
A root canal is a procedure specifically designed to save you from losing a tooth. Our teeth are comprised of certain parts, one of them being the pulp. A tooth’s pulp is where the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue are housed. When this area becomes inflamed or infected, then a root canal procedure must be taken in order to save that tooth from falling right out of your mouth.
How Do I Know if I Might Need a Root Canal?
When your pulp becomes inflamed or infected, you will begin to feel symptoms that prompt you to take action.
These are pretty common, but certain toothaches point to the possibility of an inflamed/infected pulp. If you experience sharp pain in the middle of the night that leads into a generalized headache, then your tooth’s root may be suffering.Abscess
If you see a bump near the top part of a tooth and/or pus present in the mouth, then there is a good chance a root canal will be required.Sensitivity
Extreme pain to hot and cold foods is a good indicator.Discoloration
Dark discoloration on the tooth points to a deteriorated pulp. This is a severe sign.
When this area becomes inflamed or infected, then a root canal procedure must be performed to clean out all the dead tissue and bacteria inside the tooth and fill the hollow so that no more bacteria can get in.
If you notice a recurring pain that doesn’t seem to stop, then contact us immediately. It is always better and more economical to treat early and save a tooth rather than to have it extracted and replaced.
A root canal can be a two-appointment procedure. The first appointment may be just a pain relief appointment taking 30-40 minutes. The second may take up to an hour and a half to perform. We may also refer you to the specialist (endodontist) on our team if the treatment is beyond our scope. All teeth which are dead and have had the root canal filled should be crowned within a few weeks. Dead teeth are more brittle than normal live teeth and the crown strengthens and preserves this more fragile tooth as well as restoring all the missing tooth structure. Please call us at 320-762-2122 to learn more about the root canal procedure or for a second opinion.