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By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
November 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Slidell, LA, can save your smile

When you have a dental abscess, the pain can be excruciating. It’s easy to think about taking the tooth out, but don’t do it! Once a tooth is removed, you are faced with either living without the tooth or replacing the tooth with a bridge, dental appliance, or dental implant. It’s often a better choice to save the abscessed tooth. The answer is root canal therapy!

Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, provide comprehensive dental care, including root canal treatment to save your smile.

When you have a dental abscess, it means that the inner layer of your tooth, known as the pulp, has become bruised, infected, or damaged. When this happens, inflammation and fluid build-up inside your tooth, causing pressure and pain, which can be severe. A root canal saves your tooth by removing the infected pulp, which eliminates the pressure and pain.

A dental abscess can be caused by:

  • Deep decay which has spread to the pulp
  • Chronic grinding or clenching which has bruised the pulp
  • A periodontal disease that has spread to the root of your tooth

When you have a dental abscess you may:

  • Feel an aching or stabbing pain in your tooth that doesn’t go away
  • Feel increasing tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Notice a white or red bump on your gums next to the tooth root
  • See drainage coming out of the bump on your gums

Root canal treatment begins when your dentist creates a small opening in the top of your painful tooth. The infected pulp tissue is drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is then placed inside your tooth. This material will dry up the fluid and eliminate inflammation, pressure, and pain.

When your tooth is no longer painful, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The final step is closing the opening with a permanent filling, and your root canal is complete.

Root canal treatment can save your tooth and your smile. To learn more about root canal treatment and how it can save your teeth and your smile, call Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA. You can reach them by calling (985) 641-7200, so call today!

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