Millions of Americans have had a root canal. The procedure is an endodontic treatment to remove the inner pulp and nerves from an infected tooth. The infection can be caused by injury or tooth decay. Dr. Colin L. Smith is a dentist at Lake Oswego Smiles. He practices general and cosmetic dentistry.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Lake Oswego residents may need a root canal if they are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Throbbing tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A tooth that is tender to the touch or when chewing
- Swollen gum around the tooth
- Tender lymph nodes
What Happens During a Root Canal?
After taking X-rays, Dr. Smith will isolate the affected tooth with a dental damp to keep it clean and dry. He will then drill a hole through the tooth’s crown to access the infected pulp. He will then clean out the chamber of the tooth and prepare it for filling. After the tooth has been filled, Dr. Smith will cement a prosthetic crown to the tooth to strengthen it. You may feel a little discomfort over the next few days, but you can take over-the-counter pain killers to relive this.
You should return to Dr. Smith if you experience any of the following after a root canal:
- Severe pain for more than three days
- Visible swelling on the inside or outside of your mouth
- A rash or itching
- Your bite doesn’t feel normal
- The crown becomes loose or falls off
In some cases you may have an infected tooth without noticing any symptoms, this is why it’s a good idea to have a regular six-month check-up so the dentist can spot the early signs of any oral issues and stop them from worsening.
If you live in Lake Oswego and you are looking for a dentist or you would like to find out more about having a root canal, call Dr. Smith at (503) 635-3653.