Each of your adult teeth contains a hollow canal full of nerves and tissue, or pulp. Sometimes the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, causing significant pain. Instead of extracting the tooth, Dr. Azer can perform a root canal to preserve it, and restore its function.
A root canal is a procedure in which Dr. Azer drills into the tooth, removes the affected pulp, sterilizes the inner tooth, and seals the canal. You’ll either need a filling or a crown to restore the tooth. Although a root canal may seem intimidating at first, it’s not much different than getting a filling.
A tooth can become infected when bacteria enters the tooth through an opening, usually caused by one of the following:
Root canals are an effective way to save infected teeth, instead of resorting to more involved processes such as extractions or implants.
Preserving your natural tooth has many benefits including:
One of the goals of a root canal is to reduce the pain from the infection. Your tooth will feel much better after the procedure than it did before.
To prevent pain during the treatment, Dr. Azer uses local anesthesia to numb the mouth so that you won’t feel anything. You may feel pressure and vibrations as Dr. Azer works, but you won’t feel any pain. Most patients report that it feels no different than getting a filling.
In the hours and days following the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity, and discomfort in the affected tooth. Dr. Azer leaves you with care instructions, including pain management strategies. Ultimately, you should find relief after your root canal.
If you have a painful, abscessed tooth, get in touch with Dr. Azer by phone or online to find relief today.