Lakeline Ranch Dental
Ardalan Zahedi, BDS, DDS, DMD
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Austin, TX
More than 14 million people undergo root canal treatment each year, making it one of the most common dental procedures in the country. A root canal is often your last line of defense when it comes to saving damaged or diseased teeth. Afterward, your tooth is restored to its normal function, health, and appearance. Dr. Ardalan Zahedi regularly performs tooth-saving root canals at Lakeline Ranch Dental in Austin, Texas. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today to find out if you need a root canal.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a standard dental procedure that treats an infection of the pulp inside a tooth. Injuries, cracks, fractures, or deep cavities can infect the pulp, leading to painful symptoms.
In some cases of severe tooth decay or injury, root canal treatment is the last line of defense to improve your tooth’s condition and save it from extraction.
How does root canal treatment work?
During root canal treatment, Dr. Zahedi uses local anesthesia, so you don’t feel much of anything during the procedure.
Using a strategically-placed rubber sheet, Dr. Zahedi keeps the treatment area dry. He uses special tools to make an opening on top of your affected tooth to access the damaged or infected pulp.
Then, Dr. Zahedi carefully removes the pulp and thoroughly cleans the inside of your tooth, removing any bacteria. Afterward, he seals your tooth back up.
Since your tooth may be vulnerable immediately after a root canal, Dr. Zahedi may also install a dental crown on top of your tooth to provide added protection.
What happens following root canal treatment?
After root canal treatment, you schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Zahedi. It’s important to check in with him and make sure no signs of infection remain.
Root canal treatment isn’t typically associated with serious complications. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms or complications, let the office know:
- Prolonged, severe pain
- Recurring swelling
- Your crown shifts or falls out
- An allergic reaction
You can help protect your affected tooth after root canal treatment by keeping up with your usual oral hygiene routine. Make sure to brush and floss regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
Is root canal treatment painful?
This is a common misconception. Unlike what many believe, root canal treatments relieve pain.
Your damaged or infected pulp is what causes painful symptoms. Root canal treatment cures your infection and restores your tooth to normal health and function.
To schedule a root canal treatment, call or use the online booking tool today.