Root Canals

Urrutia Family Dental

Dawson Urrutia, DMD

Family Dentistry located in Alma, AR

Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but they can actually provide you with a great deal of relief if you have a tooth that’s badly decayed or infected. At Urrutia Family Dental in Alma, Arkansas, Dawson Urrutia, DMD, offers expert root canal procedures so that his patients can avoid having to extract teeth that are suffering from critical decay. If you think you need a root canal or want to learn more, schedule an appointment at Urrutia Family Dental by calling the office or booking online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that your dentist performs to remove diseased pulp from an infected tooth. Your tooth pulp is the soft inner tissue of your tooth. It’s made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves. When it becomes infected, it swells, compressing the nerves and causing a great deal of pain.

During the procedure, your dentist drills a hole in the top of your tooth and removes the decayed pulp with a series of small files. Once they clear your tooth of the infected pulp, your dentist cleans the area to prevent bacteria from multiplying, fills your tooth with a biocompatible material, and seals it off to prevent future infection.

Finally, your dentist covers your treated tooth with a custom-made crown that restores its function and appearance, giving it a natural look and feel again.

Why would I need a root canal?

You may need a root canal if the soft tissue inside your tooth root is inflamed or infected. Your soft tissue can become inflamed or infected as a result of decay, injury, or a crack or chip in your tooth.

Letting an infected tooth go untreated can lead to severe health complications, like:

  • Extreme pain
  • Swelling
  • Development of an abscess
  • Tooth loss

A root canal is frequently the only way to salvage a severely damaged or decayed tooth, so don’t delay treatment.

What symptoms indicate that I need a root canal?

You should let the team at Urrutia Family Dental treat you with a root canal if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discoloration of your tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in your nearby gums and bone
  • Tenderness when you chew or brush

Infected teeth don’t always show outward symptoms, though, which is why it’s especially important to maintain regular dental cleanings and checkups at Urrutia Family Dental.

Is a root canal painful?

Urrutia Family Dental takes every measure to ensure that your root canal procedure is comfortable and painless. They provide local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort, and you may find that your root canal actually makes you feel better since it alleviates the immense pain of an infected tooth.

You might experience some soreness or sensitivity in your tooth after your procedure, but this can be remedied with over-the-counter pain medications or prescription pain relief.

How do I care for my tooth after a root canal?

Your tooth will be healthy again after your root canal, so you can care for it just like you would the rest of your natural teeth. If you brush twice a day, floss, and maintain regular dental cleanings and checkups at Urrutia Family Dental, your teeth should remain healthy after a root canal.

To learn more about how the team at Urrutia Family Dental can improve your oral health with a root canal, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.