Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged nerve of a tooth is removed so that the tooth can be saved or restored. The procedure generally involves the removal and replacement of a tooth’s pulp (the soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue).
If a pulp becomes damaged through disease or injury and cannot repair itself, bacteria and their products can leak into the pulp and cause the pulp to die. From there, if a root canal procedure is not performed, an abscess can form at the tip of the root and cause pain.
Causes of an infected pulp could include a deep cavity, repeated dental exposure, injury to the tooth, or a cracked or broken tooth; all of which can be pretty painful.
When you come see us, this is generally what we will do to fix the problem:
• You will receive local anesthesia for comfort
• The affected tooth will be isolated from saliva with a rubberlike sheet called a dam
• An opening is made through the crown of the tooth and the pulp is removed
• We will place a temporary filling is placed in the crown to keep saliva out
• We may prescribe antibiotics if there an infection present and it has spread beyond the end of the roots
On the next visit:
• We will remove the filling
• The root canal is filled and permanently sealed, with either metal or plastic post
How can you avoid a root canal?
• Brush your teeth two times per day with a soft-bristled brush
• Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, sooner if bristles are frayed
• Use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste
• Clean between teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner
• Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks
• Visit us regularly for professional cleaning and exams. Click here to set up an appointment, or call 239-936-0597
Remember, even after having a root canal, be sure to take care of your teeth with the steps above to avoid needing another one.
Root canals can be uncomfortable, but so can an infected tooth. If you are having issues with your teeth, please contact us for a consultation so we can determine the cause and resolve the issue for you!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239-936-0597 to set up an appointment today!