Endodontic treatment, commonly known as a root canal, is a way to save an infected tooth. A dentist that does root canals removes infected tissue from the tooth, refills it, and seals it. The root canal treatment removes the infection and prevents future infection in the tooth. Many patients experience pain relief immediately after the treatment and resume normal daily activities shortly afterward.
Root canal treatment involves the removal of all decayed or infected tissue inside a tooth. Though the blood vessels and nerves inside your teeth are important, they aren’t necessary for your tooth to function normally. Root canals as dental treatment may be the best option to avoid tooth extraction.
You should experience little to no pain because the dentist that does root canals uses local anesthesia to numb the area.
Root canals can last a lifetime with proper oral care.
Dentists prefer root canal treatment because there are usually no complications. Extractions can involve more pain and longer healing processes.
Though root canal treatment remains the preferred method because it saves your natural tooth, it can leave the tooth weaker and susceptible to further decay.
It’s best to speak with your dentist, but you don’t necessarily need to be sedated for a root canal.
Tooth pulp is the innermost layer of your tooth and it contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that reach the roots. The pulp handles three primary functions:
Pulp does much for your tooth, however, it is not necessary to keep the tooth alive. Surrounding tissues can support the tooth even without the pulp.
During a root canal, your dentist removes all of the diseased pulp and cleans the interior to remove all bacteria and infection. Once the space is clear, the dentist fills the hole with a material called gutta-percha and tops it off with a temporary filling. A few weeks later, your dentist removes the filling, makes sure there’s no sign of bacteria or infection, and applies a permanent crown if necessary.
Even though infection is usually the first sign, you may not have any noticeable symptoms. Your dentist may discover the damage during a routine follow-up. However, you may notice some symptoms of diseased pulp:
Unfortunately, the bacteria and infection can spread to other parts of your mouth. You can even develop a dental abscess that would require emergency intervention.
At Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, we provide the highest quality dental care for patients of all ages. We take pride in our welcoming, modern, state-of-the-art facilities featuring coffee bars. Our youngest patients can enjoy unique, kid-friendly play and treatment areas to make them more comfortable.
Our dental teams provide thorough, professional exams to ensure that you always receive the care you need to have comfortable, hassle-free dental experiences. We handle dental emergencies, and you can trust us to answer all questions thoroughly using the language of your choice. Our team will even teach you how to keep your mouth healthy for years to come.