An endodontic treatment saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the soft inner tissue inside a tooth's root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess results.
Root canal treatment, often performed by an endodontist or dentist, is often a straightforward procedure. Root canal treatment relieves dental pain and saves your teeth from severe infection in the roots of a tooth. During the procedure, an endodontist carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, disinfects and shapes your root canals, and finishes the job by creating a filling to seal the space.
Root canal therapy is generally needed when there is a deep infection inside one of your permanent teeth. Your tooth’s pulp can become infected from an injury or because of an untreated cavity that becomes severely infected. If you do not get treatment for this type of infection, it can become severe enough that your tooth will need to be removed.
A root canal is generally a four step process:
The infected tooth is numbed. Sometimes a dental dam is used FFto isolate the tooth so that it remains dry during the procedure.
We will then drill into the tooth from the top to access the infected pulp. Using a dental file, we will remove the infected area. We will shape the inside area and disinfect it to prevent further infection.
After we thoroughly clean the area, we will fill the hole with a special material. We will then fill the top of the tooth with a temporary filling before a crown is implemented.
After a few weeks, we will place the permanent crown on top of the tooth.
After A Root Canal
Once a root canal and crown are finished, the tooth is restored to normal. Because the tooth was not extracted, it will be easy to chew, speak, and smile. The best news is that the toothache caused by the infection will be completely gone.
With your teeth restored through root canal treatment, they generally last for a very long time when maintained with proper dental hygiene. Call 905-2017-001 to learn how a root canal treatment could help you.