Root Canal Therapy at Rieser Family Dental
Serving Patients in St. Charles, Washington & Wentzville, MO
An endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the soft inner tissue inside a tooth's root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess (infection) may result. At Rieser Family Dental, our team of highly trained and educated professionals has performed countless root canals. Our patients' dental health is always our first priority, because we recognize that a bright and healthy smile leads to a healthier, happier life.
What Are the Signs I Need a Root Canal?
Sometimes an endodontic problem can exist without warning signs. In these cases, an x-ray taken during a routine dental checkup will reveal the tooth damage. However, there are signs that you can look for which may indicate you need a root canal.
Contact one of our offices if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- A tooth that is tender when it is touched
- A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip of an infected tooth)
- Pus drainage in your mouth
- Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw
What Will Happen During My Procedure?
Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits. With office locations in St. Charles, Wentzville, and Washington, we strive to make our services as easily accessible to patients as possible. The number of treatments you receive will depend upon the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. Schedule your first appointment today, and we can begin the process.
After reviewing an x-ray of your tooth, we will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure, recommend a treatment plan, discuss it with you, and answer your questions.
A root canal procedure entails the following steps:
- A local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area.
- A small, protective sheet or dental dam is used to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure.
- An opening is made in the top of the tooth; your dentist will remove the soft pulp and nerve and then shape the interior for filling.
- A rubber-like material is used to fill the root canal after it is cleaned and medicated.
- A temporary filling is placed pending your return.
- A permanent restoration, such as a crown, is placed over the tooth to protect it.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
After a root canal procedure, you can expect the following:
- Sensitivity: You may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity around the treated tooth, which usually subsides in a few days.
- Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort.
- Follow-Up: A follow-up appointment is typically scheduled to ensure proper healing and assess the tooth's condition.
- Oral Care: Maintain good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing.
- Diet: Avoid chewing on the treated tooth immediately after the procedure.
- Longevity: A properly executed root canal can save the tooth and provide long-lasting relief from pain or infection.
If you are concerned that you may need a root canal, our friendly and devoted staff members are prepared to assist you. Don't suffer in pain! Call our family dental practice today.