Root Canal in Winter Haven, FL

A root canal procedure repairs teeth that have deep decay or experienced trauma. Our dentist, Stefani J Allison DMD, will remove the damaged or infected dental pulp from the core of the tooth and replace it with a special material. Root canals are performed to save the tooth from extraction, prevent infection, and preserve the bone around the affected teeth.

When Is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

If a tooth is badly decayed or fractured, germs and bacteria could infect the pulp and other parts of the tooth. As a result, you may experience pain and sensitivity. When this occurs, a root canal would be required as an alternative to extracting the damaged tooth.

During a root canal procedure, we remove the infected pulp and seal the tooth. Once the tooth is sealed, it should not experience any further damage. After a root canal procedure, you may experience some discomfort. However, the pain should subside once your body heals. You can also take pain medication if needed.

The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is beneficial because it saves the natural tooth. Root canal therapy also prevents the need for dental implant treatment. It is less expensive and a less traumatic procedure than an extraction.

When a tooth is extracted, the jawbone can recede. This can result in loose teeth and a sunken appearance. This can also lead to other oral health problems, like TMJ disorder. A root canal could prevent all this.

Dos and Don'ts Following Root Canal Treatment

Go to Your Follow-up Appointments

After a root canal procedure, the treated tooth may be tender for several days. Once the initial tenderness subsides, you should be able to resume normal activities.

While root canal treatment rescues a tooth from severe decay and infection, the tooth is now prone to fracture or breakage. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown or filling to stabilize the tooth, ensuring it lasts for many more years.

Avoid Sticky Foods

Stickiness can dislodge a dental crown or filling, exposing the cleaned-out root canal to bacteria. It may also pull on the tooth directly, causing pain. Therefore, avoid eating sticky foods for the first few days after treatment. Instead, stick to soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, scrambled eggs, soup, and smoothies.

Avoid Biting on Hard Objects

Following root canal treatment, your tooth may be more sensitive than usual. Hard foods like ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies should be avoided. You should also avoid nail biting, pen or pencil chewing, and using teeth as tools, like, to open packages.

Brush and Floss Regularly

After your root canal, it is important to maintain your oral health by brushing and flossing regularly. Your dentist can give you specific instructions on how to brush and floss your treated tooth.

Avoid Smoking

Before you undergo root canal treatment, your dentist will ask you to stop smoking. This is because smoking increases the risk of complications like infection and delayed healing. The chemicals in tobacco can also increase your risk for gum disease, which can complicate your condition and hinder the success of your treatment.

 

For the best dental care for your specific needs, visit Stefani J Allison DMD at 200 Ave K SE Suite #1, Winter Haven, FL 33880, or call Dentist in Winter Haven, FL at (863) 299-2192.

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200 Ave K SE Suite #1, Winter Haven, FL 33880

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