If you are experiencing pain while chewing or increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, you may be suffering from an infection of the root canals. Root canal therapy can be performed to remove the infected pulp at the center of the tooth, often preventing the need for extraction. Voted one of America's Top Dentists, Dr. Montgomery Heathman has over 18 years of experience protecting the health of his patients' smiles. Using advanced rotary endodontic instruments rather than traditional techniques, the team at Heathman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Little Rock, AR, can provide gentler, more accurate treatment to save damaged teeth.
Rotary endodontic instruments allow Dr. Heathman to navigate the root canals with greater ease and precision, producing a more efficient and pleasant experience for the patient.
Left untreated, an infected tooth can harm surrounding teeth and even the underlying bone. Root canal therapy is typically the only way to salvage a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed.
Treatment is typically completed in two appointments and consists of several steps:
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being intimidating and uncomfortable, however, Dr. Heathman uses rotary endodontic instruments. This advanced electric handpiece allows him to navigate the root canals with greater ease and precision than manual files, producing a more efficient and pleasant experience for the patient.
The pulp within the root canals may become infected when you suffer from deep decay or experience trauma to the tooth, such as a crack or chip. Common signs you may be experiencing a root canal infection include:
It is important to understand that some patients may not experience any noticeable symptoms. This is why it is critically important to attend regular exams with our team, which include digital x-rays to check for signs of infection.
Patients should be able to return to normal activities the day after the root canal procedure. You can expect minor discomfort and sensitivity which can typically be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. It is especially important that you attend twice-yearly professional cleanings and practice good oral hygiene to help prevent future decay.
At Heathman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to help you maintain optimal oral health for life. If you are experiencing symptoms of a root canal infection, contact us online or by phone at (501) 223-3838 to schedule an examination.
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