Nobody wants to hear the words root canal. Most people think this is where you go to the dentist and they cause you nightmarish kinds of pain.
The truth is, your dentist is going to take the pain away. A root canal is done when you have an infection deep inside your tooth. The idea is to remove the infected area and save your tooth.
What Does a Crown Do? In order to save your tooth, your dentist has to remove all of the infection. They will need to use anesthesia to numb the tooth and a drill to open up the tooth. When your dentist is sure they removed the infection, they will clean it and let it dry. Once it's dry, they fill it with a rubber like material.
They will then fill the opening and give you a temporary crown until your permanent crown comes in.
Once you get a root canal done oral hygiene becomes that much more important. If you keep up on brushing and flossing everyday like you're supposed to, it is possible to keep that tooth for the rest of your life.
In a couple weeks, your permanent crown will be in and the dentist will use a dental cement to place it. Your crown will now protect your root canal tooth from food particles causing decay. Decay that will have your dentist saying we need to pull out that tooth. Make sure you schedule regular office visits to see how things are going.
Your dentist may want to follow up and do an x-ray to make sure there is no more infection. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk with your dentist. They can walk you through any part of the procedure or follow-up that you don't quite understand.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (972) 503-7200 today.