Treating Oral Infection With Dr. Perrott
To preserve your radiant smile and prevent losing a tooth, there’s a dental procedure known as root canal therapy. Root canal therapy from our talented Boardman, OH dentist is used to remove any infected tissue, improve oral health, and ultimately save your tooth.
At Perrott Dentistry, our dental team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of service while you’re in our care. We’re here to ensure that your root canal therapy is as painless and satisfactory as possible. If you’re ready to begin treatment and wish to schedule a visit, give our Boardman dental office a call today at 330-726-0090.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root Canal Therapy is a treatment that’s performed to relieve pain, remove infection, and save your teeth. This procedure is performed by a specialist who carefully removes the infected pulp inside the tooth while disinfecting and shaping the root canal before placing a filling to seal the space. With the help of root canal therapy, Dr. Perrott can save your tooth from extraction and restore your healthy smile.
The Importance of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is important because when an infection is left untreated it can spread to surrounding teeth. Without root canal therapy, there’s also a significant risk of the infected tissue entering your bloodstream and causing additional health problems.
Patients are strongly encouraged to visit their dentist if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain while eating
- A pimple on the gums
- Unbearable toothaches
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen or inflamed gums
Our Root Canal Treatment Process
To begin the root canal treatment process, Dr. Perrott will numb the area with a small injection into the gums and the tooth’s root. Once the tooth is isolated, he’ll then use an antibacterial and antiseptic solution to clean and disinfect the canals. Next, the canal will be shaped in preparation of being placed.
When the canal has been shaped, the dentist will use gutta-percha to fill the canals. An adhesive cement will be applied to completely seal the canals and keep bacteria out of the area. Dr. Perrott will also seal the hole made to access the canals. If necessary, he may need to place a post in the canal to strengthen the tooth. This step is only necessary if the tooth is severely damaged and cannot support a restoration on its own.
Finally, the dentist will send the patient home with antibiotics to fight off the rest of the infection. Post care instructions will be provided and another appointment may need to be scheduled if the root canal was on the back tooth or if the tooth has significant damage. During the second visit, your dentist will place a dental crown around the treated tooth to add strength and stability.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does root canal therapy take?
Root canal therapy usually takes up to 90 minutes to complete, however, the treatment can take longer depending on several factors, including the condition of your oral health and how many teeth need treatment. Your dentist should be able to provide a more detailed timeline at your initial consultation.
How long is the healing process after root canal therapy?
The timeline of the healing process can vary from person to person, however, patients commonly heal within a few days. Post operative care instructions will be provided during your visit along with a more detailed recovery timeline.
Which foods are safe to eat after root canal therapy?
After root canal therapy, patients are advised to avoid hot, spicy, or crunch food for 24 hours. The best food options when recovering include:
- Mashed potatoes
How many appointments are needed to complete a root canal?
Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Maintain a Healthy Smile at Perrott Dentistry
Relieve yourself of unnecessary tooth pain and preserve your smile by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Perrott. Our dedication to excellent care is why our patients trust us to get the job done. Schedule a visit at our Boardman, OH, office by giving us a call at 330-726-0090. You can also request more information by filling out our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you shortly.