Endodontics, or root canal therapy, is provided by our Shreveport and Bossier City dentists to eliminate the discomfort of inflamed or infected teeth. The dental pulp at the center of your teeth is a soft tissue responsible for their growth. This pulp can become infected when your teeth experience trauma, decay, cracks, chips, or excessive restorations. Your symptoms may include visible swelling, injury, or temperature sensitivity, but if you are experiencing one of the following, you may be in need of endodontics:
- Inflamed or infected tooth pulp
- Severe sensitivity to hot or cold substances
- Severe tooth decay
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Swelling or tenderness in relation to an infected tooth
- Damage from excessive procedures on a tooth
One of the most common dentistry techniques, root canal therapy can help to save your natural tooth, preserve its structure and function, and protect it from further problems.
Understanding the Procedure
“Root canal” is a term that, through the years, has become unfairly correlated with pain and discomfort. Fortunately, our team of experts has implemented methods that eliminate the stigma attached to the treatment. Our Shreveport and Bossier City dentists have gone to great lengths to make endodontics a more appealing technique.
The procedure begins by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. Your dentist will drill down into the tooth to create an opening in the canal and remove the infected tissue. A sealant will replace the damaged tissue and, in most cases, your tooth will be fitted for a crown to improve its appearance as well as protect it from any further damage.
You may experience some soreness when the procedure is complete, but this will subside quickly. Over-the-counter painkillers are generally a sufficient remedy for such pain, but the prescription of stronger medicine can be discussed with your dentist. Once the initial post-operative tenderness fades, you will quickly discover the improved function and decreased sensitivity in your tooth.
Learn More about Endodontics
Our Shreveport and Bossier City endodontics teams are ready to help you ease the pain of your infected tooth and want to make sure that the treatment you receive is not only helpful but as painless as possible. We make every effort to organize your treatment plan so that you are receiving personalized and case-specific care. We understand that the wants, needs, and requests of our patients vary drastically and will be sure to respect them.
If you are in need of endodontics, our Shreveport and Bossier City locations are conveniently located to make a trip to the dentist that much easier. Please contact Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care at your earliest convenience to get more information about our practice or to schedule your first consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!