If you have a cavity that has not been treated, the decay and bacteria can eat away at your teeth, creating a serious problem. A root canal will be recommended to you if your cavity has infected the pulp of your tooth. Here at Morgan Dental, we are proud to have the expertise necessary to offer you root canal therapy. If you are in Morgan, Utah, and are dealing with a severe cavity, it may be necessary for you to have a root canal. Please come into our office!
What is Root Canal Therapy?
While we do everything we can to help you maintain good oral health, there are times when cavities still occur. A cavity is caused by plaque and bacteria built up in the pits and fissures of your teeth. This bacteria will create an acid that burns small holes in your teeth and, if they are not taken care of immediately, the holes can burn down to the pulp of your teeth.
The pulp is the inside of your tooth that is filled with different blood vessels and nerves. Once the pulp has become infected, it can cause intense sensitivity to both hot and cold temperatures. Other symptoms of a root canal include:
- Toothache or pain with applied pressure
- Swelling, darkened, or bumpy gums
What is The Root Canal Therapy Procedure?
When receiving a root canal, local anesthesia will be administered to ensure that no pain is felt. The doctor will begin the procedure by opening the top of the tooth with a dental drill. Once exposed, the pulp of the tooth will be drained of all the infected tissue. The inside of the tooth will then be cleaned, dried, and filled. Filling a root canal is similar to filling a cavity. A composite resin is used to cap off the tooth and restore it to its original function.
After your root canal, you can expect some swelling and sensitivity of your mouth. The doctor will prescribe medication to help with any lasting pain you may feel. We recommend eating only soft foods for the first couple of days to allow your mouth to heal. You can brush your teeth as you normally would, just with a little less pressure around the affected area.
If you are in need of a root canal, Morgan Dental is the place for you. We are conveniently located in central Morgan, Utah. If you have any questions about root canals or are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please come into our office!