Root Canal Treatment
Root canal is done when a tooth is badly decayed or seriously infected. To protect the tooth from being entirely lost, the nerve and its surrounding tooth pulp are removed and the tooth is sealed shut. The interior of the tooth is left virtually impenetrable to future decay. This can be done as the tooth’s nerve has only one major purpose: To provide sensations of hot and cold.
Maybe you’ve been putting off a visit to our clinic because you fear you may need a root canal. Well fear no more and put your mind at ease by calling us to schedule an examination and a cleaning of your teeth. Let’s start there and see what we need to do, how’s that?
Why Would One Need Root Canal Therapy?
Have you ever had an abscessed tooth? If so, you must know the nightmare of throbbing pain and swollen gums that comes along with it and the inevitable trip to the dentist for what usually turns out to be a root canal.
Not that long ago, the term “root canal,” brought to mind painful images and scary thoughts, but not anymore! Root canal therapy has definitely come a long way to reach a far less fearful procedure and is no more painful than getting a tooth filled! In fact, the purpose of a root canal is to relieve you of the pain, not cause it!
In very simple terms, root canal treatment removes infected tissue from the roots of the tooth beneath the gums. This is done so that we can- Save the part of the tooth above the gums, Minimize the risk of further damage Prevent loss of the tooth entirely, requiring more extensive and expensive treatment.
Conventional Root Canal
Depending on the severity of the infection, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for the infection prior to performing the actual procedure.
The root canal procedure then begins with the administration of a local anesthetic. Next, the doctor removes the damaged or infected nerve tissue and fills the infected root with an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection. The tooth root is then packed with filling material. Finally, the tooth is capped with a crown to protect it, because of weakness and instability resulting from damage caused by the infection.
The entire process typically takes place over several visits.