Got a toothache in Tyler? Get the help you need with a root canal from the team at Prime Dental + Vishal Kulkarni.
A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment that is used to treat infected teeth. In a root canal, Dr. Vishal Kulkarni (Dr. V) will open up your tooth, clean up the interior to remove decayed and damaged pulp, and then fill and cap the tooth. With timely intervention, a root canal can treat your toothache, prevent further damage to your tooth, and preserve your tooth for years to come.
“Anterior” root canals are used to treat the front teeth, while “posterior” root canals are used to treat the rear teeth. At Prime Dental + Vishal Kulkarni, we offer both types of root canal treatment in Tyler, TX.
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Tooth infections often happen when a cavity eats through the outer layers of your tooth. This can expose the “pulp” inside your tooth to oral bacteria, resulting in an infection. With a root canal, Dr. V can eliminate this infection and restore your tooth.
If you break a tooth due to oral trauma, it may become infected if the pulp is exposed. Because of this, root canals are often recommended as part of the treatment process for repairing a broken tooth.
Replacing a large filling is often not possible, as this may compromise your tooth and leave it vulnerable to infection. If you have a large filling that has failed or is worn out, a root canal and a dental crown may be necessary to replace the filling.
To begin the root canal treatment process, Dr. V will clean the treatment area and numb your tooth. Once your tooth is numb, he will use a dental drill to create a small opening in the tooth.
Through the opening in your tooth, Dr. V will use special dental tools to clean out damaged and infected pulp. Then, he will fill up the tooth with a material called “gutta-percha” which replaces the pulp.
As the final step of your root canal appointment, Dr. V will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it. You will need to come back to our office several times over the next few weeks to get fitted for a permanent porcelain crown. Your permanent crown will provide excellent protection, and keep your tooth in great shape for years to come.
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Maybe. Toothaches are a very common sign of tooth infections. However, there are other things that can cause toothaches and sensitivity, like teeth grinding or damaged and worn-out dental work.
In general, though, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If your tooth hurts and you’re not sure why, it’s a good idea to contact Prime Dental + Vishal Kulkarni for a consultation. Dr. V can diagnose your issue and recommend the proper treatment to eliminate your toothache and protect your oral health.
No. Your mouth will be numb, so you won’t feel any discomfort. In fact, since many patients have serious toothaches before getting a root canal, a root canal can actually relieve your pain, and help you get back to your day-to-day routine without distractions and discomfort.