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What Are the Steps Involved in Root Canal Treatment?

July 21, 2021
Posted By: Anthony Bartels, DDS Team
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Unless caught early during your routine exam, a root infection can be excruciating, resulting in an emergency dental visit in Jonesboro, AR.

If you have a root infection, you may notice tooth sensitivity that worsens over many hours or a few days. You may also notice swelling or a blister on the gum near the painful tooth. Unfortunately, the only way to eliminate this pain is to treat the deep root infection in our dental office.

Steps of a Root Canal Treatment in Jonesboro, AR

The first step is diagnosis. Your dentist will evaluate the area to check for deep root infection. If you are diagnosed with an infection, we start treatment.

The first step is numbing the treatment location. Dr. Bartels uses a soft touch and has a lot of experience anesthetizing gently.

When the area is completely numb, your dentist extracts the infected tissue through a tiny hole in your tooth.

After the infected material is removed, we close the tooth off with a transient filling. In some cases, we may first apply a healing agent. Then, after a week or two, you return to our dental office for a permanent filling or a dental crown.

Dr. Bartels recommends a dental crown if your tooth is weak following infection. The crown prevents further fracture or tooth loss. Our crowns are always colored and shaped to complement your smile.

You may notice mild swelling and slight discomfort following your root canal treatment, but this is temporary. We recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.

Root Infection Prevention

The best ways to lower your risks for root infections include:

  • Visiting your dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings
  • Brushing and flossing your teeth at least two or more times each day

Contact Your Dentist Near Me Today

If you have a root infection—or suspect you might—reach out to a team member as soon as possible. We want to help you avoid the pain that a root infection can bring!

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