Treating Smiles with Root Canal Therapy in Fort Smith
Root Canal Therapy is performed by a dentist or an endodontist (root canal specialist) when decay or infection has killed the tooth, and its nerve has been affected. During the treatment, the pulp of the tooth is removed, and the pulp cavity is filled with medicated dental materials to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth and nerves. This procedure also treats a condition known as abscessed tooth, which can lead to toothache and serious infection.
Clients who are suffering from abscess of the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks, severe toothache, and swelling of the gums are encouraged to have their tooth checked because their condition may require Root Canal Therapy.
Prior to Root Canal Therapy, Dr. Lopez examines the condition of the affected tooth and the adjacent teeth. A local anesthesia is injected to completely numb the area surrounding the damaged tooth. A sheet or rubber on a metal frame is used to separate the affected tooth from the rest of other healthier teeth. This also prevents liquid, tooth chips, and dental materials from entering the throat.
During Root Canal Therapy, a drill and other dental tools are used to extract the pulp from the tooth and the inner portion is filled with medicines and filling materials.
You will usually experience some throbbing once the local anesthesia has worn off, but it can be relieved by medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Root Canal Therapy effectively treats infection that has damaged a tooth and prevents it from spreading into the adjacent teeth. After Root Canal Therapy is completed a crown is needed to protect the tooth.
For more information on Root Canal Therapy or the other services offered by New Smile Dental to patients in Fort Smith and Van Buren, AR, please contact us.