If you have a persistent toothache, this may be a sign of an infected tooth. Other signs and symptoms include sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and grayish discolorations of your tooth. If you notice any of these signs, contact the team at Pineville Family Dentistry right away. Dr. Babb is experienced in endodontics and restorative dentistry, and will get your smile back to optimal health.
Root canal therapy is a restorative procedure used to treat an infected tooth. Infected teeth are usually either caused by untreated decay or an oral injury that cracks the tooth and exposes the interior pulp. The inner-most layer of your tooth and is filled with tender nerves and blood vessels, and when a tooth is infected, it will become inflamed and cause symptoms like toothache, sensitivity, and discoloration. To prevent a necessary extraction, Dr. Babb will intervene with root canal therapy.
At Pineville Family Dentistry, we use numbing agents and sedation to ensure that you will not feel anything during your treatment. The root canal therapy process is quite straightforward, and usually only takes between 1-2 hours. First, Dr. Babb will clean your mouth, numb your tooth, and isolate it with a dental dam to prevent the spread of infected material. Next, The damaged pulp is removed, and the tooth is disinfected and sealed with a temporary crown or a filling to protect it from further damage. In most cases, you will need to come back in a few weeks to have a permanent crown placed and ensure that your restored tooth lasts for years to come.
If you have a persistent toothache or suspect that you may need root canal therapy, it is important to see Dr. Babb as soon as possible. Call us at (318) 704-5757 or stop by our office at 3310 Military Highway, Pineville, LA 71360 today!