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Root Canal Procedure
Russellville, AL

When a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, it can be excruciatingly painful, but fortunately, root canal therapy can alleviate that pain.

The inflammatory pulp is extracted during a root canal procedure. After the tooth's interior has been thoroughly cleansed and sterilized, a filling is inserted to close the space permanently.

When oral bacteria penetrate the pulp of your tooth, root canal treatment is required to save the affected tooth. This is a common result of ignoring a cavity for too long. Injuries to the tooth, such as cracks or chips, can also cause this condition.

These days there are some amazing therapies that make root canal procedures almost painless and very comfortable. Unlike the earlier days, when a root canal procedure required multiple sittings, these days it can be done a lot faster.

If you have questions about a root canal procedure and you would like to get more information, please contact us at Singing River Dentistry in Russellville, AL.

Our dentists will guide you and help you understand how you can benefit from a root canal - if one is necessary.

Prevents Spread Of Infection To Other Teeth

One of the major advantages of getting a root canal procedure is that it prevents spread of an infection to neighboring teeth in your mouth.

When you ignore an infection or the symptoms of an infection, the bacteria in your mouth could spread to the neighboring teeth eventually, and this means that you could be at risk of losing multiple teeth at a time.

A good root canal procedure helps to remove bacteria completely and disinfect the area - which stops the decay instantly.

Amazing Results

Root canal therapy not only helps to clean the teeth and take out the bacteria completely, but it ends with a protective dental crown or dental filling that fills the area and delivers an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

These days there are some advanced dental crowns or dental fillings that you can choose from. These not only look exactly like your natural teeth, but also help to restore complete functionality.

Once a root canal procedure is successfully completed, not only will you be able to use that side of your mouth conveniently, but you'll never have to worry about any more dental problems as long as you maintain good dental hygiene.

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How Is a Root Canal Done?

When your dental health becomes compromised, root canal specialists will remove infected tooth pulp and nerve from the tooth's root, cleanse and sculpt the canal's interior, and then fill and seal the canal with a temporary filling. After that, your dentist will cap the tooth with a dental crown to make it strong and healthy again.

Root Canal FAQ's

How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

Root canal treatment may need one or two visits, the exact number determined by the severity of your tooth infection. A root canal procedure typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes. A more complex tooth with several roots can increase the treatment time to two hours.

How Long Does a Root Canal Last?

No dental procedure can promise a guaranteed outcome. Results from root canal therapy can be long-lasting, even permanent if done properly.

How Long Does a Root Canal Take to Heal?

An average root canal recovery time is under a week. There may be some discomfort for a few days, but that should be easily treatable with medicine. Call your doctor if the pain or discomfort persists for more than a week.

Can You Drive After a Root Canal?

You may drive yourself to and from your dental appointment if given a local anesthetic or if nitrous oxide was used during your treatment. If you opted for oral or IV sedation, you'd need to have a family member or friend drive you home.

Can You Eat After a Root Canal?

You can eat after a root canal but it's better to wait until the numbness has worn off. Typically, anesthesia only has a short-term effect on the patient, lasting no more than a few hours.

You should eat soft meals for the first few days, such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, and pasta. When you get comfortable, you can start eating more solid foods.

Also, avoid using the treated tooth for biting or chewing for the time being. Until your dental restoration is permanently placed, chewing on the opposite side of your mouth is best.

Can You Smoke After a Root Canal?

Smoking is not advised immediately after a root canal. If you smoke, you're more likely to have dental problems down the road, and the healing process will be slower.

Schedule a Root Canal with Your Trusted Russellville, AL Dentist!

The sooner an infected tooth is treated, the better the prognosis for saving it. Root canal symptoms include tooth pain, swelling, foul taste, and other issues. If you experience any of these, please call us at 256-460-4191 to book an appointment.

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