What is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal will be needed if the decay has reached the tooth’s nerve. The involved tooth becomes very sensitive to temperatures, chewing, or even can become a toothache that can keep a person up at night. Essentially, a root canal involves cleaning out a tooth’s infected nerve tissue then filling and sealing the canal.
Why a Root Canal?
A cavity that has been left untreated can become larger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp/nerve of the tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This abscess can be localized at the end of the tooth’s root or it can break through the surrounding bone and cause swelling inside or outside the mouth.
The Role of Root Canal Therapy in Dental Health
- Pain Relief: Root canal therapy alleviates intense tooth pain caused by infection or inflammation of the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels.
- Preservation of Natural Teeth: Instead of extracting a compromised tooth, root canal therapy aims to save the natural tooth structure whenever possible.
- Prevention of Spread: By removing infected tissue, the procedure prevents the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth or tissues.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
- Diagnosis: During a consultation at Family Dental Group, Dr. Annette Dusseau will examine your tooth, review your symptoms, and possibly take X-rays to determine the extent of the infection.
- Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
- Pulp Removal: An opening is created in the tooth, and the infected or inflamed pulp is carefully removed.
- Cleaning and Shaping: The inner chambers of the tooth are cleaned, shaped, and disinfected to remove any remaining bacteria.
- Sealing and Restoration: The cleaned space is filled with a biocompatible material, and the tooth is sealed. Depending on the extent of damage, a dental crown may be placed to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canal Therapy
- Is root canal therapy painful?
Modern techniques and anesthesia make root canal therapy comfortable. Most patients report relief from pain after the procedure.
- Why is a root canal necessary instead of extraction?
Preserving natural teeth is always the preferred option as it maintains proper chewing function, aesthetics, and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting.
- What causes the need for root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is required when tooth decay, trauma, or infection reaches the inner pulp of the tooth, causing pain and potential damage.
- Will my tooth be sensitive after the procedure?
Some sensitivity is normal after a root canal, but it should gradually improve. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage discomfort.
- Is a dental crown necessary after a root canal?
In most cases, a dental crown is recommended to protect and strengthen the treated tooth, as it may become more fragile over time.
Contact Family Dental Group for Expert Root Canal Therapy
If you’re experiencing persistent tooth pain or discomfort, root canal therapy could be the solution you need. Reach out to Family Dental Group and schedule a consultation with Dr. Annette Dusseau to determine if root canal therapy is the right course of action. Let us guide you toward a pain-free smile and optimal dental health.