Thanks to root canals, it’s possible to preserve damaged or decaying teeth without the need for an extraction. At Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry, Paradis Esi, DDS, and the team offer root canals to people of all ages. The process is quick, convenient, and virtually pain-free. To make an appointment at the practice in New Port Richey, Florida, call the office, or book online today.
Root canals are a type of endodontic treatment used to address damaged or infected tooth pulp. Pulp is a soft, malleable substance inside the center of your tooth. It contains nerves and blood vessels and helps your permanent teeth come in but isn’t necessary for their long-term survival.
By removing the infected or damaged pulp, it’s possible to limit pain, reduce the risk of additional complications, and preserve your natural tooth. At Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry, the team performs root canals on an outpatient basis so that you can return home immediately following treatment.
At Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry, the team uses root canals to treat infected or damaged tooth pulp. Common causes of pulp-related problems include:
Pulp problems don’t always present symptoms early on. As the infection or injury worsens, you might notice redness, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums.
Root canal therapy is an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than 90 minutes.
At the beginning of treatment, your Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry provider administers a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums. Once you’re comfortable, they carefully access the center of your tooth and remove the infected or damaged pulp.
Your provider rinses out the center of your tooth and fills it with a material called gutta-percha.
When the gutta-percha dries, they take impressions of your tooth and cover it with a temporary crown. Then, your provider gives your impressions to the in-house laboratory technicians who use them to design and manufacture a custom crown.
About a week later, you return to Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Your provider administers a local anesthetic, removes the temporary crown, and replaces it with the permanent one; they polish the crown, trim off any excess material, and provide care instructions.
Following a root canal, many people experience swelling, mild discomfort, and increased tooth sensitivity. Avoid biting down on your new crown and eat only soft foods like scrambled eggs or applesauce for at least 24 hours. To minimize the pain, take over-the-counter medication or apply an ice pack to your cheek.
To explore root canals further, make an appointment at Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.