When decay reaches the soft interior of your tooth that holds the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive, you may need a root canal treatment to save and restore your tooth. At Unique Smile Dentistry in Austin, Texas, Dr. Ardalan Zahedi provides expert root canal treatments, carefully removing decayed tissue to preserve your tooth. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Despite its reputation, a root canal is a straightforward procedure to remove decay from the interior of a tooth. Advances in dental technology and local anesthetics have made the procedure a similar process to a traditional cavity filling. Root canals are often used to save severely damaged teeth instead of pulling them.
In many circumstances, you might not have any symptoms at all. That’s why it’s so important to attend your routine dental check-up every six months and have regular dental X-rays. These exams allow Dr. Zahedi to examine your teeth and gather details that aren’t available to the naked eye. And as with most other medical conditions, the earlier a problem is diagnosed, the more easily it is treated.
However, you may experience symptoms including:
Dr. Zahedi begins your root canal by thoroughly numbing your tooth and the surrounding soft tissue with a local anesthetic. If you are nervous, you can talk to him about sedation options to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Then, Dr. Zahedi carefully drills into your tooth using specialized dental instruments to reach and remove the decayed tissue inside your tooth. He works carefully and avoids removing healthy dentin — the hard tissue that makes up most of the inside of your tooth.
When your tooth is clear of decayed tissue, he fills your tooth with rubber-like, medicated material to prevent infection and applies a filling to seal your tooth. If your tooth is severely damaged and he needs to remove a lot of tissue, Dr. Zahedi fits you with a dental crown to provide additional support and protection to the tooth.
After your root canal, you may experience some tenderness or sensitivity, but it should pass within a day or so. Applying cold compresses can help reduce any discomfort. Dr. Zahedi provides customized care instructions after your appointment.
For root canal treatment or a routine dental exam to check for signs of decay in your teeth, call or schedule an appointment online today.