Root Canal Therapy
Your tooth is made up of several layers with the hardest and visible part called the enamel. Below the enamel is dentin which is also made up of hard tissues. Once the enamel is destroyed, cold and heat will reach this part and can cause pain and sensitivity.
The next layer is the pulp which is made up of softer tissues and is considered the living part of the tooth. This is because it contains nerves and blood vessels. It’s also the part responsible for root growth as your tooth develops.
Nevertheless, once a tooth fully develops, it doesn’t need the pulp to survive since surrounding tissues can nourish the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment Procedure
Root canal therapy is similar to fillings, and you can get back to your normal life after two appointments. However, the procedure will depend on the extent of the damage and some other factors.
As soon as you feel inflammation inside the tooth, visit our clinic for a proper and extensive examination. Chances are you may need a root canal treatment. If you leave this inflammation untreated, pus may form. In the worst-case scenario, we may have to pull out the tooth.
During the treatment, we will clean out the inflamed tooth and its surrounding areas. The cleaning process involves removing the content in the pulp using antimicrobial solutions to prevent further infections. During the process, a drill will be used to access the pulp section. The drill will also file the chamber to shape it.
However, before the cleaning procedure starts, we will administer anesthesia which will numb the area around the tooth. This is a common procedure to prevent pain as you undergo the treatment. What’s more is that a sheet of rubber, also known as a dental dam, will be applied around the affected tooth to keep the area around the tooth dry and clean. This makes sure that our dentist has a clean and dry area to work on.
When finished, gutta-percha will be used to fill the cavity — this a rubber-like substance used in sealing holes in the teeth. Next, a crown or a temporary filling will be installed as you wait for a permanent crown which will be placed after a few weeks.
With this treatment, you’ll be able to eat all the foods you couldn’t while in pain as well as retain your smile. Besides, root canal treatment will also reduce the number of trips to the dental clinic. Furthermore, with excellent care, teeth that go through root canal treatment can last your entire life.
If you want to end the constant pain and discomfort associated with decayed teeth, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals here at Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 any time.