Even though we may not realise, a network of tunnels are actually found inside all teeth. Through all of these tunnels run nerves and blood vessels. Sometimes due to injury or infection, these nerves and blood vessels can die which can lead to pain and/or abscess of the tooth. When this happens we need to choose whether we keep the tooth or remove the tooth. If we decide to keep the tooth, root canal treatment is the only option possible at this point in time.
Root canal treatment is a way of saying we clean out the network of tunnels from any bacteria, infection, or debris from dead nerves or blood vessels which will then help clear any abscess which may have formed or stop the pain.
The procedure itself, unlike popular belief, is usually quite pain free aside from the pinch(s) you feel at the start when we anaesthetise the area. Once you are numb, generally there is no discomfort associated with the procedure. The hardest part is the fact that generally the procedure can take a little longer than a routine procedure to complete so we need you to keep your mouth open a little longer.
We will always run you through all the information you need both before and after the procedure.
When Is a Root Canal Needed & Why?
A root canal is needed when damage occurs to a tooth’s pulp. In a lot of cases this happens due to severe tooth decay but can also come from injury. Although you might dread the idea of a root canal it will eliminate tooth pain and is a great alternative to tooth extraction. Root canals will take two or more appointments but our experts will work to make each appointment as comfortable as possible for you. Gentle dentistry is what we focus on.
The extent and effectiveness of the root canal procedure will largely depend on how extensive the tooth damage is. During the treatment, the area is assessed and then the dead pulp is removed. The area is then sealed.
What happens after? What is needed?
After a root canal it’s a good idea to consider a porcelain crown over the tooth; this will help prevent tooth breakage. If extensive restoration was done it’s even more helpful since the tooth has been left with a thin shell. Pain and swelling afterwards can occur, if it continues it may be necessary to meet with your dentist again to determine if further work needs to be done.
Root canals are not a procedure most people look forward to but we can make it as painless as possible and ensure that it get’s done right. Double Oak Mountain dentists provide high quality dental services (both samford family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry) and have a long history and a lot of experience performing root canals.
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