If you have a serious toothache or notice other symptoms of a tooth infection, such as inflammation near your gums or sensitivity to hot and cold foods, a root canal from Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori Mariusso is essential for preserving your oral health. Contact us online or give us a call at (865) 248-2312 to get the emergency same-day care you need to protect your smile.
First, Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis Mariusso will clean your mouth and numb the area. You can also be sedated at our office, if you wish. Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis will use a drill to remove some of the tooth’s outer layer and create an opening in the tooth.
Through this opening, your decayed pulp will be removed, then the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and filled with a rubbery substance that supports and strengthens the tooth. This eliminates the source of the infection, keeping your tooth strong for years to come.
After this, the tooth will be restored with a temporary crown or a filling, depending on the position of the tooth and a few other factors. Some patients can simply have their tooth restored with a filling, but you will usually need to come back for another appointment to get a permanent crown.
No. Though popular culture may have you believe otherwise, the process is totally pain-free. You may experience some tenderness after your numbing wears off, but the process of getting a root canal will not hurt at all.
After your root canal, the tissue around your tooth may be inflamed and tender, causing you some discomfort for a day or two. However, there is no prolonged healing process. You can get back to your day-to-day routine immediately after your appointment at Confident Smiles of Knoxville.
Infected teeth occur when the hard outer layers of your tooth are destroyed by an oral injury or an advanced cavity. When these layers are breached, the vulnerable and sensitive “pulp” inside your tooth is exposed to oral bacteria.
This results in an infection of the pulp. This is a serious issue, because the pulp contains the essential blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive. If you don’t get a root canal, the tooth will eventually die and fall out of your mouth.
If your tooth hurts for more than a day or two and seems to be getting worse, it’s very likely that it’s infected.
You may notice swollen or inflamed gum tissue near your infected tooth, and this can indicate a serious infection.
In addition to tooth pain, your tooth may feel more sensitive to very hot and cold foods or drinks, or to sugar. See Dr. Tori or Dr. Luis Mariusso right away if you recognize any of these signs of an infected tooth.