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Just because your tooth does not hurt at this moment does not preclude the need for a root canal. In many cases, there are no obvious symptoms that indicate the need for a root canal. But you could have an infection brewing that could result in a serious toothache as well as an abscess that has the potential to make you sick.
What Is A Root Canal?
When the nerve of a tooth is damaged from trauma, infection, or deep decay, the patient has two options. The first is to have endodontic therapy (a root canal); the second is extraction. Whenever possible, your dentist will always advise that the tooth be saved.
When the need for a root canal is indicated, the process is actually very simple and straightforward. A dental x-ray is taken to identify the number of roots involved and their exact position. It is important that all roots be treated to prevent further infection or the need for retreatment.
The tooth is segregated using a rubber dam. This keeps the area dry.
The tooth is anesthetized. Even though the patient may have advised that they don’t feel pain, this is a necessary action taken for the comfort of the patient.
An access point is created in the tooth. Endodontic files are inserted into the tooth to remove the contents from the canals of each root. This includes pulp, blood, nerve, and infectious material, if present.
Throughout the procedure the doctor and assistant are using suction to remove these contents. Once all canals have been treated and flushed, this part of the procedure is completed.
The Final Step
The access point must be sealed. Depending on the tooth treated, this can be done with a bonding material; in many cases, a dental crown is recommended to seal the tooth.
Before sealing the tooth, a material is used to pack the root canals called gutta percha. This material fills the now empty canals as the final step before the permanent seal is applied.
A tooth saved from extraction with a root canal can last a lifetime. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.
A root canal is a dental procedure that allows your tooth to be saved when the only other option is extraction. There are many reasons a root canal may be needed … a hairline fracture to a tooth may allow bacteria to permeate the tooth impacting the nerve; excessive tooth decay; or a traumatic event may result in damage to a tooth. Whatever the cause, your dentist will almost always recommend saving the tooth over extraction whenever possible.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal (also known as endodontic therapy) involves cleaning out the contents of each root of a tooth. Those contents include blood, pulp, and nerve tissues. When a tooth is damaged, bacteria can enter the pulp chambers leading to infection or an abscess. Removing the contents of the tooth’s roots allows your dentist to save your tooth.
Some symptoms that indicate the need for a root canal include swelling around the face, toothache, gum swelling or a pimple like sore on the gum that does not heal, and/or sensitivity to temperature. In some cases, there may be no symptoms at all – your dentist may see the need for a root canal following a routine dental x-ray.
The Root Canal Process
An x-ray will show how many roots are involved and their precise location. It is imperative that all roots be treated for a successful outcome.
Anesthetic is administered and the damaged tooth is segregated by a rubber dam. A small access point is created in the tooth. Endodontic files are used to remove the contents of the pulp chambers. Each chamber is thoroughly flushed – if infection is present, medication may be placed and an oral antibiotic may be prescribed. The empty chambers are filled with a rubber compound. The final step is to seal the access point most often using a dental crown.
Root canal therapy allows a tooth to be preserved – with daily oral care and regular visits with our team at Bliss Dental, this treatment option may help patients keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
Endodontic therapy (root canal) is required when the nerve of the tooth has been damaged through trauma, infection, or deep decay. The alternative to a root canal is extraction, so if your dentist diagnoses the need for a root canal, you have a choice to make.
Save the Tooth or Extract
Many patients have heard the stories about getting a root canal, but in reality this is a procedure that is fairly quick, and with little discomfort (if any). A comparison of a root canal or selecting extraction follows:
Root Canal Treatment – A dental x-ray is needed to determine how many canals are involved and their placement. Your dental provider will begin the root canal procedure by numbing the area; a barrier will be used to keep the tooth dry. An access point will be created in the tooth and endodontic files will be used to remove the contents of the canals – nerve, pulp, and infectious tissue. The canals will be packed with gutta percha to provide stability for the tooth; the access point will be sealed often utilizing a dental crown.
Extraction – Your dentist will numb the area prior to extraction. Once the tooth has been removed, you are faced with a variety of situations like difficulty chewing, or smiling may reveal a gap where a tooth should be. You will most likely be advised to consider your tooth replacement options after extraction.
Recommendations From Your Dentist
If possible, it is always best to save a biological tooth. It will look and feel more natural; the dental crown placed to seal the opening will be made to match surrounding teeth so it will be aesthetically pleasing.
A root canal takes about an hour and one appointment; the dental crown needed to seal the opening takes approximately two appointments. But now the process (and your smile!) is complete.
To learn more about how root canal therapy can save your tooth, contact our team at Bliss Dental and schedule an appointment today.
Root canal therapy is a procedure that can help you keep a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted. Although the procedure has a bad reputation, it is not any more uncomfortable than having a filling or a crown placed, and the recovery is usually straightforward.
Taking Care of Yourself After a Root Canal
Recovery after root canal therapy is similar to that after any other dental work. You might experience some swelling and discomfort. Since a root canal is usually performed on a tooth already affected by infection or damage, these symptoms might linger after the procedure. Your endodontist might prescribe antibiotics or pain medications, or you might only need over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen.
Recovery after root canal therapy is similar to that after any other dental work.
After a root canal treatment, your tooth will be fitted with a dental crown. If the crown is not placed immediately, you will have to be careful about chewing on the treated tooth. A temporary crown can help protect it, but if you eat sticky or chewy foods, the temporary crown can become dislodged. You should also be sure to brush and floss and return to your dentist or endodontist for followup or routine checkups.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
This procedure is generally reserved for a tooth that can be saved in no other way. The main reasons for a root canal procedure include:
- Severe tooth damage
- Severe tooth decay
- Infection inside the tooth
A tooth that has suffered this kind of damage or infection could be removed, but if a root canal is performed, the tooth can remain functional so you won’t have to worry about replacing it.
The procedure, which is performed by an endodontist, removes the pulp and nerve tissue that lie inside the tooth. For this reason, the tooth will lack sensation after it is treated, but it can still function for biting and chewing. Any sensitivity or other discomfort you’ve experienced before the treatment should disappear after the treatment, since the cause—the infection or damage to the tooth—has been removed.
Call our team at Bliss Dental at 972-307-7777 and set up an appointment today.
Many people associate the term “root canal” with a dental procedure. However, it is actually the name of a part of your tooth. This interior portion of the tooth houses nerve tissue that can become infected. If infection sets in, the dental procedure is used to clear out the area and remove all the affected tissue.
The Root Canal and How It Becomes Infected
The root canal is a hollow space on the inside of your tooth. Inside this space is nerve-rich tissue called the pulp. The individual nerve that serves the tooth, allowing it to feel pressure and changes in temperature, is also housed in this space. Blood vessels can also be found here, as well as connective tissues that are important to the tooth’s health.
If infection sets in, the dental procedure is used to clear out the area and remove all the affected tissue.
Nerve tissue inside the root canal can become infected under several circumstances. These include:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Damage to the tooth
- Multiple restoration procedures
- Facial trauma
- Cracks or chips in the tooth
When the tooth is damaged or otherwise disrupted, bacteria finds its way into the root canal and can cause an infection. In some cases, infection can become severe, causing extreme discomfort. A root canal procedure is necessary to remove the infection completely.
The Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure has an undeserved reputation as a difficult process. It is in actually no more unpleasant than having a tooth filled. To remove the infected tissue, the dentist makes a small hole in the tooth. The pulp, nerve, and other tissues in the root canal are removed through this hole. When the infected tissue is completely evacuated, the interior of the tooth is refilled with a sealant. In some cases, your dentist might choose to fill the tooth temporarily with medication to ensure the infection is completely eliminated before sealing the tooth. The hole used to evacuate the tooth’s interior is closed with a filling. The tooth is then treated with a crown to keep it strong and ensure it will be functional for many years to come.
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