A severely decayed or infected tooth can be painful and may lead to tooth loss if it's left untreated. At Ideal Dental of Tucson in Tucson, Arizona, Dallin Williams, DDS, offers root canals to restore teeth and save them from requiring extraction. At the first sign of tooth pain, book an appointment over the phone or online with Ideal Dental of Tucson to find out if a root canal is right for you.
Root canals are dental restoration procedures in which Dr. Williams restores teeth that are infected or severely decayed. Root canals repair infected nerves, or the inner part of your tooth, to prevent serious oral health problems and severe pain.
To find out if a root canal is necessary, Dr. Wililams reviews your symptoms and dental history. He examines your teeth and takes dental X-rays to determine the extent of tooth damage you have. Signs you may require a root canal include:
If tooth decay isn’t severe Dr. Williams might recommend a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown. In some cases, severe tooth decay may require extraction.
Prior to a root canal, Dr. Williams numbs the treatment area and offers sedation to relax you. He drills into your tooth to gain access to the inner part of it, the pulp. He removes decayed tissue, cleans and disinfects the root canal, and fills the empty space with special dental materials.
Dr. Williams seals the top of your tooth closed. He uses digital scans to create a custom-made crown that fits over your restored tooth, improves its appearance, and protects it from future damage.
After a root canal, you can resume normal activities but your tooth might be a little sore for a day or two. Take over-the-counter pain relievers or ice the area to relieve discomfort while you heal. Care for your teeth by flossing daily, brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and eating a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugar.
Attend routine dental cleanings and exams at Ideal Dental of Tucson every six months. Contact Dr. Williams if your crown becomes damaged or loose. Don’t chew on ice or other hard objects, and avoid opening packages with your teeth.
Don’t let a toothache progress to severe pain or tooth loss. Schedule an appointment with Ideal Dental of Tucson by phone or online to find out if you need a root canal.