A root canal procedure repairs the diseased interior of a tooth. It is the process of putting a hole inside the teeth and extracting the soft center (dental pulp). After the patient’s pulp is removed, the vacated area is filled and sealed. The dentist may also place a crown if necessary. A specialist called an endodontist or a regular dentist performs a root canal.
What Necessitates Root Canals?
Root canal therapy is necessary to rescue a tooth that has become injured. Bacteria can proliferate inside the tooth if the dental pulp is injured, which could cause a severe infection with a pus-filled pocket at the tip of the root of your teeth.
It is critical to save your tooth if feasible. Biting and chewing are easier with it than with an artificial tooth. Additionally, if your tooth is lost or missing, it might cause additional problems with chewing and further digestion. Root canal therapy is often the best option to save a tooth that would otherwise need more complex dental operations to replace with an artificial one.
Do I Need to Get a Root Canal? What Are the Signs?
The following are the most prevalent warning signs, though sometimes there are none:
- Painful toothache while biting or chewing
- Hypersensitivity to cold or heat after extraction
- Discolored teeth
- Sore gums
- Pus encircling affected teeth
- Facial/Neck swelling
- Missing tooth
Procedures Involved in a Root Canal
An X-ray of the tooth is the first step the dentist takes to check the shape of the root canals and find out whether there are any infections in the surrounding bone. To keep the tooth from being contaminated, a rubber dam is placed over it. Initially, breathing can be difficult, but it will ease over time.
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area around the tooth before the dentist makes a hole in the tooth to remove the pulp. There could be one to four canals in the tooth. They will each be cleaned, shaped, and disinfected entirely.
Several appointments may be required to clean, shape, and install the sterile filling before the dentist is satisfied with the result. Between treatments, the tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling, and a metal band may be placed around it to safeguard it.
At West Reno Dental, Dr. Davis and his team of experienced dental assistants offer expert root canal procedures. For more information and appointments, call us at (775) 323-4054, book online, or visit us at 9680 S. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV 89523.