If detected early on, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay spreads beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy by Dr. Brett Cotham removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. All About Smiles may recommend a root canal procedure because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from moving to other teeth (creating a more serious issue).
If you believe you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often avoid going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of common dental fears. Our team makes an effort to help you feel at ease, and we also provide a number of sedation options for anyone who experiences fear and anxiety. Call All About Smiles in Rogers, AR to set up a consult for more information on root canals and sedation dentistry.
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth may be the result of a cavity or deep crack in the tooth due to a physical injury. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen or discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, causing increased pain. Set up an appointment with Dr. Cotham right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. If you have anxieties and fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with a professional member of our team. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious or on-edge during your appointment. Some individuals ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. We are very sympathetic about dental anxiety and will try to help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.
To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Cotham will examine the innermost part of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber will be carefully cleaned to eliminate leftover decay. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your root canal. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you set up a follow-up appointment about six months post-procedure. Dr. Cotham will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental checkups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.
At your consultation, a team member at All About Smiles will give you cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we will call your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, All About Smiles takes several payment methods and may be able to assist you in finding medical financing options.
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Root Canal Therapy
Due to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a quick, simple procedure to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at All About Smiles can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our knowledgeable team in Rogers, AR to set up a consultation with Dr. Cotham to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.