Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth.
The soft tissue inside your tooth, called pulp, provides nourishment to your tooth and contains nerves and blood vessels. Through deep cavities, frequent dental procedures, cracked or fractured teeth, or tooth injury, this pulp can become infected. If this infection to the pulp is left untreated, this leads to the infection of the tissues around the root of your tooth. This infection can include pain, swelling and possibly even an abscess inside the tooth or in the bone around the root of your tooth.
Root Canal Therapy cleans and seals these areas to treat and prevent future infection. This process involves local anesthesia and is usually completed in one visit with one follow-up visit. Your restored tooth can last throughout the duration of your life if you commit to proper oral hygiene, brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly.
About The Root Canal Procedure
Teeth can have one to four canals that need to be treated. An opening is created in the tooth to access the nerve, and the abscessed nerve is removed from the root or roots. The canals where the nerves had been located are then cleaned and shaped and a medication may be placed in the canal to facilitate healing.
Discomfort is not unusual between root canal appointments. Remember to avoid biting down on the tooth until the root canal is completed and the final restoration has been placed. You may have had no discomfort from the tooth prior to the root canal treatment or have been unaware that you even had an abscess; however, you may experience discomfort or swelling after the root canal treatment has begun. Contact your clinic if there is discomfort and/or swelling.
When it has been determined that the canals are free of infection, they are filled with a special dental material and sealed with a bonding medium. The abscessed area associated with the tooth will then begin to heal. It may take several months before healing is completed and for the tooth to become asymptomatic, that is, for any soreness in the area to disappear.
Once endodontic therapy is complete, the tooth is usually restored with a crown. This is done to protect the tooth and prevent it from fracturing. Failure to follow through with mandatory restorative procedures after endodontic therapy on a previously uncrowned tooth can result in a vertical fracture and possibly even loss of the tooth. If there is very little tooth structure remaining, we may also advise the use of a post and core to further support the final restoration. Your doctor will recommend restoration options best suited for your needs.
At Rock Family Dental, anytime we can save a natural tooth, we will do whatever we can to make sure that happens. Talk to your Rock Family dentist about our affordable Root Canal Therapy.