Root Canals

Root Canal Treatment in Ballwin, MO

When a tooth becomes infected, it can lead to extreme discomfort, sensitivity, and other serious problems. Root canal treatment can save severely injured or decayed teeth, relieving any sensitivity or discomfort. This procedure has a very high success rate.

Baxter Dental Group specializes in restorative dentistry and ensures you are as comfortable as possible during treatment. We will answer any questions you might have before and after the procedure. Contact us today for more information on root canal treatment in Ballwin, MO.

Common Signs You Need a Root Canal

If you have tooth pain or discomfort, it is vital to see a dentist immediately. If you neglect a tooth, it can become infected. This infection can lead to an abscess, in this case, the formation of a pocket of pus. 

Some of the most common signs that may indicate the need for root canal treatment include:

  • Tooth Discoloration – “darkened” teeth can indicate an infected or decayed tooth
  • Pain or Sensitivity – extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or pain and discomfort when chewing
  • Swollen or Tender Gums – red, inflamed, and painful gums
  • Discharge – sometimes, an infected tooth can cause pus drainage

While these are some of the most common symptoms of tooth infection, the truth is that not every patient will exhibit or notice the above symptoms; some patients won’t show any signs. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, contact Baxter Dental Group today to schedule an appointment.

What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?

If Dr. Woodruff or Dr. Wehrmeister determines that you need root canal treatment, the procedure can be done in as little as one or two in-office appointments.

  1. Preparation: During your first session, the infected tooth will be numbed and prepped with a rubber dam to keep the tooth dry and free of saliva. 
  2. Access: A small incision will be made on top of the tooth for easier access. 
  3. Procedure: After the top of the tooth is opened, the infected pulp and nerve tissue will be removed. 
  4. Cleaning: The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned before it’s filled 
  5. Temporary Filling: The tooth will be sealed with a temporary or permanent filling.

If a second appointment is required, at your next visit, the roots of the infected tooth will be filled with a permanent filling and capped off with a crown. All teeth that undergo root canal treatment, whether it takes one or two treatment sessions, are protected with a crown, which can aid in letting the infected tooth heal without further damage.

What to Expect After a Root Canal Treatment

After undergoing a root canal treatment, some lifestyle changes will temporarily be necessary to ensure the best outcome from your procedure.

Dietary Changes

After having a root canal, avoid hard and crunchy foods for a few days. These foods can cause discomfort and pain in the treated area.

Eat soft foods like soups, yogurts, and mashed potatoes that require minimal chewing. Additionally, avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages to prevent sensitivity. As your tooth heals, you can gradually reintroduce your regular diet.

Pain and Sensitivity

You may experience mild pain or sensitivity in the treated area for a few days following your root canal treatment. Mild pain and sensitivity are expected and occur because of natural healing. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen are generally effective in managing post-procedure discomfort.

Avoid chewing or applying pressure on the treated tooth until any pain or sensitivity has subsided. If the pain persists or worsens, contact us immediately.

Uneven Bite

If you notice an uneven bite after the procedure, the filling, or the crown being too high. It is crucial to contact your dentist immediately. We can quickly adjust the crown or filling to correct the bite and alleviate discomfort.

Avoiding Smoking

Refrain from smoking post-treatment, as it can lead to further infection and reduce the efficacy of the treatment.

Follow Up Appointments

It is crucial to schedule follow-up appointments. The appointments allow our dentists to monitor your healing process and make necessary adjustments for optimal recovery.

Adhering to the post-treatment guidelines promotes rapid recovery and optimal dental health. Ignoring these tips may lead to complications such as increased pain, infection, or even failure of the root canal treatment. Your comfort and oral health are our priority at Baxter Dental Group. 

Contact an Experienced Endodontist Today

You might need root canal treatment if you have severe pain, discomfort, or tooth color change. Our experienced endodontists can thoroughly examine your teeth and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

For more information on root canal treatment in Ballwin, MO, or to make an appointment, contact Baxter Dental Group today.

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