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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal | Sullivan Dental Center St. Francisville LA

Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals.

A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.

Symptoms of a Tooth Infection

Symptoms that indicate a possible tooth infection include the following:

  • Sudden throbbing toothache
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold
  •  Persistent bad breath
  • Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck
  • Facial swelling
  • Fever
  • Severe toothache pain when chewing or any application of pressure
  • Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
  • Redness and swelling of the gums around tooth

The following symptoms could represent an abscessed tooth and may need immediate attention. Our dentists at Sullivan Dental Center will evaluate your tooth and determine whether a root canal would be the best therapy.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success. This procedure involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, the purpose of root canal therapy is to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

The Root Canal Procedure

Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, we will drill a small hole through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals we then fill with an elastic material and medication whose main purpose is to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Most patients who have root canal treatment experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.

Root Canal Patient Testimonial

“Yesterday, I had a dental emergency and Dr. Frank Sullivan and his team were able to see me first thing! I had to get a root canal and have dental work done and they made it pain free and explained everything they were doing and long term options. Being able to get such great care and service at Sullivan Dental Center is what keeps me coming back! Great job guys!”
Tab B. – June 2017

Dangers of Untreated Tooth Abscess

The pain of an abscessed tooth is often very painful leaving the individual unable to perform daily activities. Even with this pain, some individuals may find themselves trying to ride out the pain without seeking medical help. There are many dangers with leaving an abscessed tooth untreated. The tooth infection can spread to the jaw and throughout the face, resulting in systemic infection. This could also lead to tooth loss, which could further require more advanced restorative services to preserve the quality and function of the smile. If you are experiencing tooth pain, do not hesitate to contact our office and schedule a consultation.

Risks of Root Canal treatment

Most root canal procedures we perform successfully usually have no complications. There is always a risk that the tooth we treat may again become infected. This is especially true if the tooth has been through multiple root canals. There is also a small risk of damaging the tooth during the procedure, although this rarely occurs.

results of root canal treatment

Dr. Frank Sullivan considers a root canal a highly successful treatment, with most patients experiencing complete relief from their symptoms. A crown or filling can usually repair the appearance of the treated tooth so that other people will not even realize that a root canal was performed. As long as the patient practices good oral hygiene and has regular dental visits, the results of a root canal procedure can be permanent.

Schedule a consultation

Don’t wait any longer, contact Sullivan Dental Center today at 225-635-4422 to schedule a consultation and learn more about our root canal procedure.

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