A root canal is a treatment for infected dental pulp. Once a dreaded dental treatment, advancements in dental technology have made root canals painless and far more durable. There’s no need to feel anxious about your procedure, and your dental team will let you know exactly what to expect.
The innermost area of your tooth is a hollow chamber filled with a soft tissue called dental pulp. This pulp is made of a combination of nerves, blood vessels, connective tissues, and other tissue types. Critical during tooth development, pulp is no longer necessary once a tooth is fully formed.
Advanced dental decay or traumatic injury can lead to a tooth pulp infection. Because space is limited inside a tooth, the resulting inflammation has nowhere to go, which is why an infected tooth is so painful.
Significant dental pain is the number one sign you might need a root canal, especially pain that worsens when you bite down. Additional symptoms of an infected tooth include:
If you notice any of these changes, schedule a diagnostic workup right away. A chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth can often be treated to prevent the risk of developing a pulp infection.
Imaging is taken to learn more about your tooth and bone structure, and a visual exam will also help your dentist determine if a root canal is needed. When you come in for the procedure, an injection of numbing medication eliminates sensation in the area.
Dr. Ahmad creates a small opening in the tooth to gain access to the inner chamber. A series of special dental tools called files are used to remove all traces of infected pulp, including within the canals of the roots.
Next, she rinses the chamber to ensure all pulp tissue is removed. A special material called gutta percha is placed within the chamber and the access opening is sealed with a small filling. Dr. Ahmad affixes a temporary crown while your permanent one is being crafted.
Once your new crown is ready you’ll return to have it checked for fit and comfort before it’s cemented into place. This completes your restoration, and there’s no need for any special care. Simply brush and floss as usual, and avoid biting down on hard items or using your teeth to hold items or open packages.
Learn more about root canals during a personalized consultation. Online booking is available, or you can always call the office to book your visit.