Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Treatment and Procedure
Root canal therapy or treatment is the most common procedure in all endodontic treatments. An endodontist performs root canal treatment to treat problems related to the soft inner pulp of a tooth.
Why do I need a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is required when nerve tissue inside the teeth degenerates. If the root canal treatment is not performed then the infection of the tooth pulp can cause damage to the jawbone. You will need a root canal treatment to save your tooth and to ensure that the tissue around the root of the tooth remains healthy and free from inflammation.
There are many other reasons that make you more irritated and inflamed, for instance, big fillings, decay, trauma, chipped, or even repeated dental work. In these circumstances, you may need root canal therapy.
What are the symptoms or signs that a root canal procedure is needed?
If you are suffering from a tooth pain or the gums adjacent to the tooth are swollen then you may need a root canal therapy. Another symptom is if the tooth appears discolored and has become extra sensitive to heat and cold. We may recommend you a root canal procedure if these symptoms reveal the infection and inflammation in your teeth pulp.
Root Canal Therapy at Flintridge Dental Group
As a leading dental clinic, Flintridge Dental Group provides the best practice of root canal therapy to its patients. With the help of root canal therapy, we overcome the problems of a severe toothache, sensitivity, discoloration, etc. We have provided our root canal service to our countless patients. In root canal procedure, we perform careful and safe removal of the pulp and nerve tissue. We perform the root canal therapy or treatment through the modern technology and techniques which make the treatment relatively quick and more comfortable.
What are the major reasons for dental pulp or nerve damage?
Dental caries(cavities), chipped teeth, cracked dental fillings, and injury to the teeth can cause damage to the dental pulp. The main reason for nerve damage is dental caries are not being treated on time, and then the decay spreads inwards into the teeth pulp. Cracked dental fillings allow saliva and harmful bacteria to reach the root canal and infect the pulp. Fractured teeth can expose the pulp. Sometimes, without any external sign of damage, injury can cause pulp damage.
Why is root canal therapy necessary?
In case your nerves in tooth pulp die, enamel and tooth dentin cannot receive the organic nutrients and moisture. The infection and inflamed tissue can cause a toothache and can damage the bones around your teeth. If you are suffering from the damaged pulp and not getting treated, then infection and inflammation can be caused a tooth loss, which may have to be removed. Therefore, the root canal therapy or treatment is necessary for preserving and protecting your teeth and jawbone.
What does the root canal procedure involve?
The root canal procedure takes place in four steps. First, your dentist examines you and the x-ray of the infected tooth and then your dentist administers a local anesthetic. Then, your dentist performs an opening in the crown of your tooth and removes the inflamed nerve tissues. The root canal should be cleaned properly under root canal therapy so that no problem of debris or bacteria can occur in future. And this process ensures that the infection and inflammation will not happen again. In the second step, your dentist seals off the cleaned root canal cavity and protect your teeth from fluids and bacteria.
In step three of root canal procedure, the root canal is filled with gutta-percha and adhesive cement mixture. Finally, the crown is placed on the sealed tooth by your dentist which make your tooth enable to function normally.
Risks Associated With Root Canal Therapy
After completing your root canal therapy, you may feel some discomfort in your mouth, but this happens only for few days following the root canal treatment. To make less severe, your dentist may recommend on taking an over the counter pain medication. An antibiotic and prescription-strength pain reliever can be prescribed by your dentist in case extreme root canal therapy. This helps in reducing the remaining infection.
Also, keep in mind that the final restoration should be performed soon as per your dentist recommend to perform. If you wait to complete this final restoration then it is confirmed that the bacteria will reinfect the treated canal and this will require the therapy to be performed again.
As other treatments, root canal therapy is also not free of complications.
In case of unsuccessful root canal therapy, your dentist may provide you the other better alternative options that include repeating or extracting the infected tooth.