About Root Canal Therapy
When the soft inner section of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected, the entire tooth begins to die. A root canal treatment by Frisco general dentist, Dr. Camelia Cooper, removes the pulp from the tooth to stop the infection from continuing and spreading to the other teeth. The root canal will also relieve the patient’s pain and allow proper healing. Once the pulp is removed, Dr. Cooper will need to use a filling material inside the tooth or place a crown over the tooth to protect it from damage and future infections. A root canal will also stop the bacteria from entering the blood and infecting other parts of the body. Patients at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft with heart problems, including congenital defects and artificial heart valves, are at higher risk of developing an infection and should take antibiotics before and after their root canal treatment.
What to Expect
Before the root canal begins, Dr. Cooper will numb the patient’s teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further patient comfort and relaxation if needed. Once the patient is prepared, Dr. Cooper will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line. After the tooth is removed, Dr. Cooper will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.
After the root canal treatment, the patient’s lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patient will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If the patient is feeling any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label. If Dr. Cooper placed a temporary crown over the tooth, the patient will return after the permanent crown is created and sent back to Sweet Tooth Dental Loft. Dr. Cooper will then place the crown and check the fit. The patient should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year, or as recommended by Dr. Cooper.
Plan Your Procedure
Stop Dental Infections
If you have a toothache or infection, make an appointment to have Dr. Cooper look at your tooth and talk about treatments, including a root canal. A root canal at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft in Frisco can prevent more serious dental problems and relieve your pain.