Root Canals In Orlando
At Elite Dentistry
If you have a serious toothache in Orlando, you may require a root canal from Dr. Mark Ashy at Elite Dentistry to restore your tooth. A toothache that causes you a lot of pain and lasts more than 1-2 usually indicates a tooth infection. This is a serious oral health issue that can result in permanent tooth loss if you don’t get treatment in time. Learn more about root canals in Orlando below, or contact Elite Dentistry now to schedule an appointment.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canal therapy, often simply called a “root canal” for short, is an endodontic procedure used to clean, sanitize, and restore an infected tooth. Teeth typically become infected in two common ways.
First, a large, untreated cavity may eat away at the enamel and dentin that protect the “pulp” that contains the blood vessels and nerves that keep your teeth alive. Or, a traumatic dental injury can crack and damage the outer layers of your tooth, exposing the pulp.
Either way, if the pulp becomes exposed to oral bacteria, it can become infected. When this happens, the pulp will begin to decay and die. Over time, this will eventually result in the loss of your tooth if you do not seek proper treatment.
This is why a root canal is recommended for infected teeth. A root canal can be used to clean out the inside of the tooth, eliminate the infection, and restore your tooth. In the root canal procedure, Dr. Mark Ashy will clean and numb your mouth, trim the tooth to remove damaged material, and create a small opening in the surface of the tooth.
Through this opening, the infected pulp and tooth material will be removed. Then, the tooth will be flushed with disinfectant, and filled with an inert rubber-like material. Finally, Dr. Ashy will apply a filling or a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
Signs That You Need A Root Canal?
Wondering if you may need a root canal? There are a few different signs that you may have an infected tooth. The most common sign is a very painful, prolonged toothache that won’t go away. If you have a toothache that is very painful and lasts for more than 1-2 days, you should definitely see Dr. Mark Ashy for an appointment.
Other common signs of an infected tooth include tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and to the pressure of chewing and biting. You may also notice redness or inflammation in the gum tissue near your tooth. In rare cases, facial swelling or a fever can develop due to an infected tooth.
If you recognize any of these symptoms, you should schedule an emergency appointment at Elite Dentistry right away to get the help you need.
Aftercare Recommendations For Root Canals
The root canal procedure is minimally-invasive, and you don’t need to take any special precautions to care for your tooth after treatment.
You may experience some pain and tenderness, but this typically goes away within 3 days. However, if you experience pain for more than a week, this is not normal. You should schedule a follow-up with Dr. Ashy for further diagnosis and care.