Root Canal Therapy – Indianapolis, IN
Getting to the Root of the Problem
Pain that stems from the inside of a tooth can be more than just an annoyance. Instead, it can be a serious problem that poses a threat to your oral and overall health. Because the innermost layer of a tooth is highly sensitive, the pulp as it is known must be properly protected. When faced with an infection or damage to this area, there is only one solution that is capable of addressing the issue – root canal therapy in Indianapolis. Call our office today so that we can get to the root of the problem.
Why Choose Indy Dental Group for Root Canal Therapy?
- Nitrous Oxide Available
- Dental Insurance Welcome
- Advanced Dental Technology Used In-House
Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Knowing whether you need a root canal or not is only determined once you meet with your dentist. It is during this visit that our team at Indy Dental Group will survey the severity of the problem and decide if this extensive procedure is appropriate for your needs.
If you have any of the following issues, however, there is a good chance you will be recommended for root canal therapy:
- Tooth pain throughout your face, bone, jaw, or nearby teeth
- Increasing tooth sensitivity
- Loose tooth
- Damaged tooth (chipped or cracked)
- Difficulty eating or biting down
- Inflamed gums
- Discolored tooth as a result of injury to the pulp
The Root Canal Process
The process of undergoing a root canal involves several steps. Our team of experts will begin by administering local anesthesia so that you feel no pain or pressure throughout the procedure. If necessary, you can also request sedation, which we can provide in the form of nitrous oxide.
Our team will then place a dental dam so that the tooth in question is isolated. After creating an opening in the crown of the tooth, we will begin to clear away all decayed or damaged parts of the tooth, including the pulp. We will need to flush out nearby canals as well.
Once the tooth is cleaned, we will rinse it out to ensure no debris is left behind. We will then fill it with a substance known as gutta-percha before sealing the tooth and preparing it for a customized dental crown that will sit on top to offer maximum protection to the structure while it heals and strengthens over time.
The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal
Although there is the misconception that root canals are painful procedures that cause more discomfort, they are actually one of the most beneficial because of how they work to alleviate pain. Removing the infected or damaged pulp, the source of the pain, allows patients to achieve relief.
Other unique benefits of root canal therapy include:
- The ability to keep your natural tooth in place instead of extracting it and turning to replacement options (i.e., dental bridge, denture, or dental implant)
- A more cost-effective option because you only need a dental crown instead of paying to have the tooth removed and replaced
- A high success rate that allows you to enjoy a healthier, pain-free smile
Root Canal FAQs
If you've been advised to get a root canal, don't be alarmed – we're here to ease your concerns! That’s why at Indy Dental Group we’ve decided to address some common questions about root canal therapy. If the information you seek isn't listed below, don't fret. Just give us a call, and we'll gladly answer all your questions, ensuring you're well-informed about what to expect during your treatment. In the meantime, you can review the information below while you wait for your appointment.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Root Canal?
Recovery time following a root canal can vary, but many patients can resume work or school the day after the procedure. For physically demanding jobs, consider taking at least two or three days off to allow for proper healing. Avoid vigorous exercise during this time to promote a faster recovery.
Expect some soreness in your mouth for a few days, and follow your dentist's instructions regarding prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications. Stick to soft foods and chew on the opposite side of the treated tooth. Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine, but be gentle around the treated area. If you experience worsening pain or signs of infection, such as fever or swelling, contact us immediately.
Can I Eat Before a Root Canal?
If sedation is planned for your procedure, fasting for a few hours before your appointment is advised to minimize the risk of nausea. However, if no sedation is involved, we recommend having a filling, nutritious meal before treatment. Eating before a root canal is essential as it may be challenging to eat afterward. Nevertheless, remember to brush your teeth before heading to the dentist's office for the best oral hygiene preparation.
What Happens If You Wait Too Long for a Root Canal?
Unlike other parts of the body, teeth lack the ability to self-heal. Neglecting a tooth infection can lead to its worsening without a root canal. That’s why it’s crucial to schedule a root canal promptly after your dentist's recommendation.
Sometimes, the pain may temporarily subside, misleading patients into thinking they no longer require a root canal. Unfortunately, this often indicates nerve damage caused by the infection, making them insensitive to pain. Delaying treatment could result in the infection spreading to the jaw, gums, other teeth, or even causing systemic illness throughout the body. Severe damage may lead to tooth extraction.
Can Root Canals Be Prevented?
The best way to prevent a root canal is by prioritizing your oral health. Daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use, along with regular dental checkups and cleanings can help minimize the risk of bacteria reaching your tooth's pulp. A healthy diet with limited sugar and nutritious foods, coupled with ample water intake, helps protect your teeth. Wear a mouthguard during sports and a nightguard for bruxism while sleeping. By addressing chipped or cracked teeth promptly, you can reduce the likelihood of requiring another root canal.