You may elect to receive a root canal therapy if the root of your tooth is affected by decay or disease. Root canal saves the tooth by rinsing the tissue inside of the tooth with antibacterial materials. The central tissue is known as the pulp and it is cleaned during the treatment to restore the full function of your tooth.
A tooth extraction may cause complications for adjacent teeth, a root canal avoids this by cleaning the inside of the affected tooth instead of removing it. The procedure is successful in treating teeth that are in pain or affected by decay.
A root canal therapy may be necessary when the teeth is decayed, infected or abscessed, or has experienced trauma. The procedure can require multiple appointments and performed with anesthesia.
The tooth is numbed and a rubber sheet is placed around it to ensure it is dry. An opening is surgically made on the surface of the tooth in order for the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria to be removed. The inside of the tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned, antibacterial fluids may be used in the rinsing process. After the cleaning procedure, the tooth is sealed with a filling.
The next appointment will generally occur the following week. A crown will be placed over the sealed tooth and provide additional protection. The tooth should exhibit its full functions after this process. Increased sensitivity may occur, but this is normal and will dissipate after the tooth has healed.
To maintain your treated tooth, practice consistent oral hygiene and schedule regular dental visits. If you are concerned about a possible problem and have opted for a root canal procedure, you can call and schedule a complimentary consultation with us today.