If you sometimes experience toothaches, or pain when drinking hot or cold beverages – or you recently noticed a new “gum pimple” – you may need a root canal. Our root canal treatment at Advanced Dental Concepts can keep decay and bacteria from your teeth. Read below or contact our office to answer any questions you may have about your tooth pain, and talk with our trusted general dentist in Hammond to discover whether a root canal may be right for you.
- We offer root canals at our Hammond LA office to help protect your gums from harmful disease and bacteria.
- Our dental team is always ready to treat patients in need of root canals.
- A root canal procedure, such as the ones recommended by our dental team, can help prevent a painful tooth infection and protect your jaw and gum health.
- If you have any questions about caring for your teeth or preventing tooth decay, our friendly team will be happy to help you learn to care for your oral health at home.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is an efficient process by which your dentist cleans out tooth decay and reinforces what remains of your tooth so that you can live without tooth pain and continue to use your tooth for eating as usual.
The hard, white part of your teeth that you see when you smile is actually bone, like the bones in your skeleton. The bony part of your teeth protects nerves and tissues deep inside each tooth, in an area called the “pulp.”
If sugar eats away at the bone of your teeth, then, that nerve is no longer well-protected – that exposure is what causes pain when you consume hot or cold beverages or gives you a toothache in the middle of the day.
Because sugar can eat away at your teeth, it is recommended that you brush twice daily and floss once daily – by keeping plaque and sugars at bay, you can prevent future root canals and keep your teeth healthy.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During a root canal, your dentist will numb the area around the decaying tooth so that you are comfortable. Then, they will clean out the decay and sugar from an inside of the tooth, using specialized tools. Finally, they will restore the protection for the nerve using high-quality filling material that’s hard like bone.
Your dentist may add a crown on top – because teeth are not as strong without the nutrients from inside tissue, a crown can help provide the strength necessary to continue eating and speaking as usual. Crowns come in many materials, and can even be made to match the color of your surrounding teeth. Once placed, a crown can last for years.
A full root canal is usually two appointments: one to clean the tooth and protect it temporarily, and one to add the final protection (such as filling or crown).
Why Might I Need a Root Canal?
Without a root canal, if you have tooth decay, you risk losing the tooth. If the tooth continues to decay, it can fall out; once it’s gone, you face many other side effects and complications, including:
- Bone loss in your jaw
- Misalignment of your bite, as your teeth move to fill the empty space
- Uneven wear and grinding down of your teeth, from misalignment of your bite
- Difficulties speaking
- Difficulties eating and getting good nutrition
- Additional tooth loss, as other teeth that were “braced” by the now-missing tooth lose their support
If you are experiencing toothaches, hot/cold sensitivity, or other pain relating to a tooth, it is recommended that you speak with your dentist to see if a root canal is needed.
Your dentist will decide whether you need a root canal based on a few factors, including:
- How far decay has progressed
- The condition of the tissue inside of your tooth
- Whether or not the tooth is injured
It’s important that you bring up any of the above symptoms as soon as they appear, to catch decay before it progresses to a significant level.
How do I care for my teeth after a root canal?
After your first root canal appointment, your tooth will only have temporary protection – so your dentist will ask you to avoid biting on that tooth to keep the protective layer in place.
After your second appointment, however, you’ll be able to treat it like a normal tooth: eating all your favorite foods and brushing your teeth as usual.
Continuing to brush twice daily and floss daily will ensure that your protective filling and crown last for years to come. As always, remember to change your toothbrush when the ends start to fray so that it continues to keep your mouth clean of sugar and bacteria.
If your crown dislodges for some reason – such as during a sports game, or as part of an accident or other injuries – call our office immediately. We offer emergency dental care and can help you replace your crown to continue protecting your teeth and gums. You can also opt for our Hammond sedation dentistry if you are suffering from dental anxiety.
Root Canal Services at Advanced Dental Concepts
We’ve been treating patients with root canal therapy in Louisiana for years, keeping infection at bay with our different root canal procedures. Set up your appointment today to talk with a dentist about your root canal questions, and to find out whether a root canal may be a solution to your tooth pain. Simply call us at 985-240-5445. We also offer teeth restoration services, cosmetic dentistry, as well as non-surgical dental treatments.
Address: 1607 Martens Dr, Hammond, LA 70401
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Tuesday 7AM – 3PM
Wednesday 8AM – 5PM
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