Millions of Americans receive root canal treatment each year. Root canals are designed to save a natural tooth or teeth from extraction. Preserving a natural tooth can help support adjacent teeth and prevent tooth decay from spreading. The pulp found inside the root canal in the center of each tooth is made up of nerves and soft tissue.
These nerves and tissue can become infected and cause tooth decay. Patients with severe tooth decay often require a root canal to remove the infection. At Stewart Dental Group, tooth extraction is only used as a last resort.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
Look out for these common signs of infection before tooth decay becomes a difficult:
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Face swelling
- Pain in the neck, jaw, or ear
- Difficulty swallowing
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it could be a sign of infection. You can call the Stewart Dental Group office at 704-255-4256 for treatment to remove the infection at the source.
How to Prevent Tooth Infection
There are several steps that you can take to help prevent infection:
- Schedule regular checkups and cleanings
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
- Use dental floss when you brush your teeth
- Use fluoride toothpaste and water
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
Risk factors for tooth infection include poor hygiene, a diet high in sugar, or dry mouth. These conditions may make some patients more prone to tooth infection than others.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is completed during one to three office visits depending on the patient’s specific needs. To begin the procedure, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth into the inner chamber. The diseased tissue is removed and the chamber is cleaned and disinfected.
The chamber and tooth canals are filled with a rubbery elastic material. This material seals the tooth and keeps decay out of the now cleaned and disinfected tooth.
Request a Dental Exam Today
Remove infection at the source and prevent future oral health problems. Call the Stewart Dental Group at 704-255-4256. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Randall or Melissa Stewart online today.
Root Canal FAQs
Does a root canal hurt?
One of the biggest misconceptions about root canals is that they’re painful. In fact, root canals can actually help to alleviate the pain and pressure you feel from the infection inside your tooth. Patients report that getting a root canal feels similar to a dental filling. We also offer sedation dentistry if you suffer from dental anxiety.
What can’t you eat after a root canal?
You do want to be careful with eating and drinking directly after a root canal. Avoid any foods that are very hot or very cold, as your tooth will be very sensitive. You also want to avoid any extremely hard or sticky food, especially if you have a temporary restoration. This can cause the temporary restoration to be damaged or fall out.
Is it better to get a root canal or get my tooth pulled?
Our office believes in conservative dentistry. This means that we’ll try to salvage the natural tooth however possible. Your natural tooth is important to your overall oral health. Missing teeth can cause the deterioration of your jawbone in that area, causing the face to sag. You’re also more likely to have oral health problems with your other teeth if you have a missing one.