Root Canals

Today Dr. Byrd has begun endodontic treatment of your tooth. This was necessary either due to an abscess, or a deep cavity that would lead to abscess. You mayor may not have had any pain symptoms at this time. The goal of this treatment is to eliminate the infection from within and around your tooth.

First the sick and\or infected nerve and tissue inside the tooth is removed. Then plastic-like material is inserted and will form itself to the shape into which it is put in. This will form a seal to prevent the bacteria (germs) from re-infecting the tooth. Depending on the amount of infection present and your symptoms we mayor may not complete this treatment in one visit.

Not all endodontic therapy is successful: there can be a fracture in the root, infection unresponsive to antibiotics, calcified or blocked canals or other complications such as broken instruments in the very small canals. It has a high success rate over 90%, but not all succeed. If for any of the above reasons, your root canal is unsuccessfull within one year you will be refunded all but $100 of the root canal charge(restoration of the tooth is not included in refund).

It is normal for your tooth to be sensitive for a few days following this treatment. We normally recommend either over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil, or we will prescribe something stronger. We may also elect to have you take an antibiotic to help kill the bacteria causing the problem.

It is important that you take all of the antibiotic as prescribed to completely eliminate the infection. Do not stop taking it just because the tooth feels better, or the infection may return. Unfortunately, there are now many types of bacteria that are resistant to normal forms of antibiotics. If the tooth is not getting better, let us know. It is not unusual for the gum around the tooth to swell slightly and sometimes drain off the infection after treatment. This is the body's way of removing the infection. If the swelling becomes more serious into your cheek, eye or neck, let us know. It is also normal for the tooth to be sensitive to bite on for some time until the body has a chance to completely heal.

As part of this treatment we normally recommend the tooth be reinforced with a bonded filling material and\or a post followed by a crown (cap) to cover and protect the tooth. Without this follow up treatment  there is a chance you may lose the tooth to fracture and we cannot guarantee the long term success of treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.