Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy
Treatment for Infected Teeth
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment, meaning that it is a procedure intended to treat the inside of your tooth. This treatment is used to clean decayed material from the inside of an infected tooth and restore it permanently. Root canal therapy is typically required when a cavity makes its way through the outside layers of the enamel and dentin of your tooth. This leaves your inner tooth vulnerable to bacteria that infect the pulp. Teeth can also become infected when an oral injury cracks the tooth, exposing the pulp. If you do not get treatment for an infected tooth, the infection will continue to worsen and could lead to the loss of your tooth.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
What to Expect
The process begins with the cleaning and numbing of the treatment area. A dental dam will be used to surround the infected tooth in order to prevent the spread of bacteria. Next, Dr. Sharara will use a dental drill to remove any infected or decayed enamel and tooth material. Next, a small hole will be made at the top of your tooth and the doctor will use special cleaning instruments to remove the decayed and infected pulp from the inside of your tooth.
After the inside of the tooth has been cleaned and disinfected, your tooth will be flushed and sanitized, then filled with an inert, rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” This material replaces the pulp and supports the structure of the tooth. Finally, your restoration will be completed with a temporary filling or crown. This crown protects and covers your existing tooth structure. You will usually need to come back to our office once your tooth has healed to have a permanent crown placed.
Does it Hurt?
You may have heard or assumed that root canals are very painful. In fact, this is not true at all. Root canals are only about as invasive as a filling, and we use numbing and sedation to make sure you don’t feel anything during treatment. Root canals are the best way to get relief from the extremely painful toothaches that often accompany infected teeth. In just a single 1-2 hour appointment, you can get relief from your pain and save your infected tooth.
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