Root Canal Therapy
The term root canal therapy can strike fear into the heart of the most stalwart dental patient. The procedure used to be known as quite painful, but with modern advances and local anesthesia, the process is much improved. Knowing more about root canal treatments can help reduce fears and give you confidence.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
This generally straightforward procedure relieves dental pain and saves teeth from the necessity of removal. A patient typically needs a root canal when the roots of a tooth are infected or experience inflammation. An endodontist, or dentist who has trained an extra two years to perform such treatments, uses care to remove the pulp within the tooth. Once this pulp, which is comprised of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, is removed, the endodontist performs cleaning and disinfecting of the space, shaping the root canals.
When Is a Root Canal Treatment Called For?
A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is required when the pulp grows infected or inflamed. The causes of this inflammation or infection can vary. Deep decay, a chip or crack in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures focusing on the same tooth can all irritate the pulp. An injury to the tooth may, in addition, cause damage to the pulp even when no visible chips or cracks appear on the tooth’s surface. Untreated infection and inflammation can lead to an abscess.
What Signs Indicate a Root Canal Is Necessary?
A few symptoms can let you know it is time to ask about a root canal. The first is severe pain while biting or chewing. Another is pimples on your gums. A cracked or chipped tooth might indicate that the pulp is in trouble. Another symptom is a sensitivity to cold or hot that lingers even beyond the removal of the sensation. Gums may be swollen or tender when you need a root canal. Finally, deep decay of the gums, or a darkening that indicates such, is a symptom that a root canal is called for.
How Root Canal Procedures Save Your Tooth
Saving your tooth starts with an examination and X-rays, followed by the administration of a local anesthetic. Once the tooth is comfortably numb, the endodontist isolates the tooth by placing a dental dam, or small protective sheet, over the area. This prevents saliva from entering the area and keeps it clean. Afterward, the endodontist creates an opening in the tooth’s crown. Tiny instruments perform the process. After this procedure, another visit to your dentist will result in a crown, returning it to complete functionality.
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