When the soft pulp tissue in a tooth becomes infected, your dentist, Dr. Elena Kurz, may need to perform root canal therapy at Kurz Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Dacula, GA, to treat your tooth. This endodontic therapy is crucial for saving your tooth and preventing further damage.
More about Root Canal Therapy
Tooth pulp is a nerve-rich area that, when infected, causes major pain. There are several ways in which bacteria could have reached the pulp, including a crack in the tooth or a poor oral care routine. In these cases, if you don’t seek out a root canal, it may lead to serious issues like decay, tooth loss, and other oral tissue becoming infected.
Pulp is located deep in the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. During root canal treatment, your Dacula dentist must first clean the root canal to eliminate the infected pulp, before disinfecting the canal and filling it so that the bacteria doesn’t reenter the tooth’s canal. This is a simple procedure that requires local anesthetic to make you feel comfortable. The final step includes placing a crown over the surgical area to protect it and help you regain functions like chewing and speaking.
Minimize chewing on the tooth under repair until your root canal procedure is finished and the permanent filling or crown is placed. The numbness wears off with time but avoid biting your tongue or cheek to prevent injury. After this, take over-the-counter Ibuprofen if you feel any discomfort.
Do You Need to Speak With Your Dentist?
Dr. Elena Kurz of Kurz Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Dacula, GA, provides her patients with top-notch care and can help eliminate your pain with a simple root canal. For more information, don’t hesitate to call her at 678-903-1799 today!