Root canal therapy is a procedure that restores the health and function of a decayed or infected tooth. When a tooth is decayed or infected, the affected nerve tissue must be removed, and the resulting space (called the "pulp space") must be cleaned and disinfected.
Once the nerve tissue is removed, the pulp space is filled with a special dental material. Then, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling for protection.
When is a root canal needed?
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by a traumatic injury to the tooth, cracks, and chips or repeated dental procedures. If your dentist recommends a root canal, it's because your tooth can't be saved with other methods.
How is the procedure performed?
Before your root canal procedure, your doctor will numb the treatment area. Then, your dentist will drill a hole through the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals. Next, your dentist will clean the root canals to remove bacteria and infected pulp. He or she will then fill and seal the root canals with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Finally, your dentist will place a temporary filling on the hole to protect the inside of the tooth.
Will this therapy hurt?
You may feel some sensitivity or discomfort after the root canal. However, this should subside within a couple of days once the anesthetic wears off. Afterward, the treated tooth should feel no different than your other teeth. Do follow the aftercare tips provided by the dentist.
Prevention is Better
Many fear going to the dentist, and others put it off. But delaying check-ups and cleanings can have negative consequences on your oral health. Dental problems that are not caught early on can lead to more invasive treatment later. By having regular check-ups, you can maintain a healthier mouth and avoid serious dental work down the road.
At Biltmore Commons Dental Care, we strive to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (602) 249-2227 or visit us at 1277 E Missouri Ave Ste 217 Phoenix, AZ 85014.