ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic treatment (root canal treatment) is a procedure that treats the infected soft tissue, the pulp, of a tooth. A tooth contains three layers, the enamel, the dentin and the pulp. The enamel is the white portion of the tooth visible when you smile. Under the enamel lies a hard layer called the dentin. Beneath the enamel and dentin, lies the pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and provides nutrients to the hard tissues during development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth, the pulp chamber, to the end of the root where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp’s main function is to provide nourishment to the enamel and dentin during the growth and development stage. Once a tooth is fully mature, it can survive without the pulp because the tooth receives nourishment by the tissues surrounding it.
Why would I need endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment is required when the soft tissue inside the tooth, the pulp, becomes inflamed and/or infected. This can be caused by decay, dental procedures such as a deep filling or a crown, a crack in the tooth, or trauma. If pulpal inflammation or infection is not treated, it can cause pain and lead to an abscess.
How do I know if I need endodontic treatment?
Indications of needing root canal treatment include: pain, lingering sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to chewing, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms but your dentist notices an abscess on the radiograph during a routine examination.
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
Most endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches and swelling caused by pulpal inflammation or infection. We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. Using modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. Your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days following treatment, especially if there was pain or infection prior to the procedure. The discomfort is usually relieved with a combination of ibuprofen and Tylenol. If a narcotic is indicated to alleviate your discomfort, we will prescribe that as needed.
Inflamed and infected soft tissue inside the tooth.
An opening is made at the crown of the tooth. Various instruments are then used to remove the soft tissue and shape the canal.
Following cleaning and shaping, the root canals are filled with a biocompatible material. A filling is then placed in the access opening to complete the procedure.
After completion of your root canal, you must return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore to complete function.
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