Root Canal

Tenth Street Dental

Kevin J. Welch, DDS

Dentist located in Indianapolis, IN

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. Tenth Street Dental wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. Kevin J. Welch, DDS, and the professional dental team at Tenth Street Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana, is well-trained to perform root canals and does so on a routine basis. If you’re concerned about having a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

Why might I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is meant to relieve pain and save your tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, one of the experienced dentists at Tenth Street Dental removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. In doing so, they are able to save your tooth and soothe your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to the dentist. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

If you don't deal with an infected tooth right away, you'll be welcoming a great deal of pain in the future. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Smelly, bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What is the procedure for a root canal?

An experienced dentist at Tenth Street Dental can typically mend your tooth in one or two appointments. First, it may be necessary to take an X-ray to determine the degree of harm to the tooth requiring the root canal.

At your appointment, one of the dentists at Tenth Street Dental uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. If needed, they place a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. After anesthesia is applied, the dentist forms a minuscule hole in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.

Next, your dentist takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files, and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Once all the infected material is removed, your dentist either seals the tooth or puts in a temporary filling to protect your tooth until you come back for a permanent crown.

Book a consultation online or call Tenth Street Dental if you show even a minor symptom or sign of tooth infection. It could be more serious than you think.