You might hear yourself saying this a lot if your tooth pulp has an infection. Pulp infections can occur if cavities aren’t addressed, and they can cause more severe issues over time.
If you’re struggling with a painful pulp infection, it might be time for a root canal. Discover how our team can help restore your oral comfort and health by booking an appointment with us today.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During a root canal, your dentist numbs the infected tooth and the area around it with an anesthetic. They’ll then drill into the tooth to remove the infected pulp before reshaping, disinfecting, and filling the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The tooth is then capped with a crown to avoid future infections.
We might book a follow-up appointment to check your comfort and recovery, but you should be able to go back to your normal routine after a week or so.
When to Get a Root Canal
Your tooth is made of a few layers that surround your tooth pulp, known as dentin and enamel. Cavities can develop when sugar and bacteria eat away your dentin and enamel, which can eventually reach your tooth pulp. When your tooth pulp is exposed, it can develop an infection, also known as an abscess.
Abscesses can cause several uncomfortable symptoms, like:
- Bad breath
- Breathing and swallowing difficulties
- Cheek and face swelling
- Cheek and jaw lymph nodes
- Swollen gums
- Tooth, jaw, and ear pain
If an abscess isn’t treated, it can rupture. Ruptures may decrease your tooth pain, but they can leave a foul-smelling and tasting fluid in your mouth. If the abscess doesn’t rupture, the infection may progress into your jawbone, neck, and head, and increase your risk of developing sepsis.
Your Oral Health Matters
Root canals are a great way to get your oral health back on track.
If you’re struggling with tooth pain or sensitivity, book an appointment with us today. We’re ready to provide you with an “elevated” approach to your dental experience.
Elevate Dental is conveniently located in the heart of Vernon, on 48th Avenue. We have free parking available in our private lot and street parking just a few steps away from our front doors.
If you’re having trouble finding us, please give us a call!
- 2900 48th Ave
- Vernon, BC V1T-8Z6
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday : 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday : 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday : 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
*Closed weekends and all statutory holidays
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