3rd South Dental

Root Canal Therapy and Recovery

At 3rd South Dental, we encourage our patients to stay updated on their routine cleanings and exams to diagnose and treat dental issues as soon as possible. In the event of decay not being removed while minor, there is a high risk of decay growing and spreading into the inner portions of the tooth. Each tooth has three layers of tissues, including enamel, dentin, and pulp. Both the enamel and the dentin are in place to protect the tooth’s pulp which houses all the tooth’s nerves and blood supply. As long as the tooth’s pulp stays healthy, it can keep it alive and standing firm in the mouth. When decay reaches the pulp, which goes into the tooth’s roots, root canal therapy is needed to save the tooth. 

 

What is the Root Canal Procedure? 

Root canal therapy is an extensive procedure that can either be performed by a certified and trained general dentist or an endodontist. The central part of this procedure is to remove all of the decay and pulp tissue from the tooth to save the tooth from dying and falling out. 

First, what will happen is Dr. Theurer will numb and isolate the tooth needing the root canal to keep the area clean. Next, he will drill into the tooth to access the root canals and pulp chamber. Dr. Theurer cleans the pulp chamber and root canals with instruments. The channels are cleaned and disinfected with an antibacterial and antiseptic solution. This procedure kills the germs while also treating the infection in the tracks.

 

Before filling the tooth, Dr. Theurer will need to shape the canals to prepare them to receive the filling material. Then the filling, which is a rubber-like material, will be inserted into the canals. Correctly filled and sealed by dental cement, canals will keep bacteria out. 

Once we seal your canal, the hole created in the tooth needs to be filled.

If the root canal was performed on a back molar or the tooth had experienced severe damage, you might need to come to our office for a dental crown. Crowns restore original tooth anatomy through a customized artificial tooth cap. 

 

Recovery

We use a local anesthetic during your root canal procedure and offer minor sedation options. This procedure’s light sedation methods include nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation medication. After the procedure, the numbing and sedation will start to wear off, and you might begin feeling minor pain. For pain management, we suggest taking correct dosages of over-the-counter pain medications. 

In some cases, Dr. Theurer might send you home with a prescription for an antibiotic medication. This specific medication will help kill the rest of or the remainder of the infection. 

To ensure that you know exactly how to care for your tooth post-procedure, we will give you post-operative instructions to clean your tooth best to prevent further infection. 

 

Call our Salt Lake City, Utah Dental Office 

If you have been experiencing a severe toothache and would like to get an exam or consultation to determine whether or not you need a root canal, please contact our office. We would also love to help you understand more details about the root canal procedure if you have any questions or concerns. 

Please continue to explore our website to learn more about what we offer and the services we can do for you. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy and strong smile.