If you are suffering from severe and/or persistent tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, and/or swollen gums, you may require endodontic treatment in the form of a root canal. Unfortunately, these symptoms indicate an oral health issue that will not resolve independently and will worsen without proper treatment. Our dentists near you prioritize your oral health. That’s why our staff at Invictus Modern Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics provides root canal treatments in Carlsbad, CA.
Root canal treatments are performed to restore health to a tooth that is suffering an infection or inflammation due to the infiltration of bacteria. If the soft tissues inside a tooth, called the pulp, becomes damaged with an infection, it must be professionally treated. Treating the pulp will prevent worsening conditions, such as the spread of decay in the mouth. During an initial root canal, the tooth is opened, and bacteria inside the tooth and the canals are removed. Then the root canals and tooth are sealed to prevent further bacteria from entering.
In some cases, an initial root canal is not effective and requires a root canal retreat. This can happen if the original tooth’s canal or inside chamber becomes re-infected. Patients who need a root canal retreat may experience pain in the original tooth or notice swelling in the surrounding gum tissue, indicating an abscess.
Rather than extracting the tooth, our dentists in Carlsbad, CA, will restore it to health by opening the tooth again, removing the bacteria, and re-sealing the tooth. Patients need to know that a canal retreat is rare. However, patients who have undergone an initial root canal should take extra care of their teeth and gums and immediately report any pain or swelling to our dental care team.
While traditional root canal treatment is effective in most cases, some situations call for a more invasive treatment. If a root canal is not successful, an apicoectomy may be needed. This is recommended to prevent additional complications with the tooth. An unsuccessful root canal may be caused by a root crowding another root.
If you don’t get an apicoectomy after an unsuccessful root canal, you may need to have your tooth removed. This would mean you would then need to get an implant, bridge, or another type of false tooth. Otherwise, your other teeth may shift and cause alignment issues.
While an apicoectomy is more invasive, the pain can be kept to a minimum with local anesthesia. You may experience some discomfort following the procedure, but it will subside after a few days.
First, you will be given a local anesthetic. This will help to minimize any pain or discomfort throughout the procedure.
Then, the gum will be cut so that the tooth root is accessible. A small amount of the root is removed. The root canal can then be cleaned and filled. This will help to prevent infections in the future.
Following the procedure, you will have an X-ray to ensure there are no spaces for another infection. The tissue is then stitched closed so it can heal. You will be given instructions to ensure recovery goes smoothly.
Our dentists will always avoid a tooth extraction unless absolutely necessary. Whether you need a root canal, a canal retreat, or an apicoectomy, our team at Invictus Modern Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics is here to help. For more information about root canal treatments near you, contact our office.