Dental infection can develop when tooth decay spreads to the inner chamber of your tooth. Once an infection sets in, you could experience significant discomfort and several other notable symptoms. A root canal can eliminate infection and inflammation from inside your tooth. Drs. Everett E. Heringer and Brielle Renz and our team have extensive experience performing root canal therapy. At our Bismarck, ND, practice, we can ensure a comfortable and relaxing procedure. Most importantly, our care is highly effective. Not only can it end your current discomfort, but it can restore your dental function and reduce your risk for other serious dental conditions in the future.
Is a Root Canal Right for You?
Drs. Heringer and Renz usually a recommend root canal for a mild to moderate dental infection. An infection can occur when decay goes undetected or untreated. The bacteria that cause cavities can move much deeper into your tooth, eventually residing in the soft pulp in the center chamber. This area also harbors blood vessels and your dental nerves, which travel down your tooth roots. Therefore, when infection sets in, the bacteria will spread down your root canals. If you experience any of the symptoms of an infection, you may be a candidate for root canal therapy. These symptoms include:
- A toothache, which could be constant or sporadic. Typically, it will be worse when you bite down or when your tooth is exposed to various temperatures.
- Persistent bad breath
- Sores near your tooth roots (known as gum abscesses)
- Internal discoloration
What to Expect during Your Root Canal
Herginer Dentistry is dedicated to providing vital treatment with gentle techniques for a comfortable and low-stress experience. Before beginning the process, Dr. Heringer or Dr. Renz can numb your tooth and gums. Accordingly, you will feel almost nothing during your treatment. Additionally, your practitioner will utilize the ultramodern BIOLASE WaterLase® laser to prep your tooth. With no drills required, your procedure will not involve off-putting noises or unpleasant vibrations.
Using the WaterLase®, your dentist will remove bacteria and damaged tissue from the center of your tooth. They will also sterilize and reshape the inside of your root canals. The laser can remove infected tissue while cool streams of water and air soothe the surrounding areas and ensure they are well hydrated. Dr. Heringer or Dr. Brielle can then fill your tooth with a rubber-like material known as gutta percha. Finally, your practitioner will place a dental crown. It may take up to two weeks to fabricate your restoration, and we can provide a temporary crown in the interim. Once you receive your final crown, it will blend beautifully with your smile, thanks to our advanced materials.
After Root Canal Therapy
Discomfort after your procedure may be much less noticeable than you expect, thanks to our technology and expertise. In fact, after just a few days, you should not have any dietary restrictions at all. To keep dental infection from coming back, proper oral hygiene is essential. Be sure to visit our office multiple times a year for regular exams and cleanings. You should also take good care of your teeth at home with daily brushing and flossing, as well as a healthy diet.
With no drills required, your root canal procedure will not involve off-putting noises or unpleasant vibrations.
Why Is Root Canal Therapy So Important?
If you are suffering from an infected tooth, it is vital to undergo root canal therapy as soon as possible. Addressing this condition early can remove bacteria before it spreads to the rest of your teeth or to your gums. Early, effective treatment can also prevent a serious, or even life-threatening, infection in your jawbone. Additionally, root canal therapy can restore your dental function, finally easing your toothache and end the other symptoms of infection.
Protect Your Oral Health
If you are suffering from dental infection, we can provide the effective, timely care that you need. Contact Heringer Dentistry LLC online or call us at (701) 255-4850 today to receive minimal discomfort treatment for your infected tooth.