Save Your Natural Teeth with a Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged, infected or injured tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged and infected tissue inside the tooth (the pulp, which is the nerve and blood supply of the tooth), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. The term “root canal” means cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root. After the root canal is done, the dentist builds the tooth back up and places a crown to restore the tooth. A crown is almost always placed afterwards to restore the tooth to its original shape and to prevent the tooth from a future fracture as the root canal makes the tooth weak and brittle over time.
Damaged nerve tissues and tooth pulp give rise to bacteria. If untreated, the bacteria spread through the roots of the tooth to other tissues and surrounding teeth and could cause abscesses. Infections that go undiagnosed due to an untreated root canal can also cause swelling on the face and neck. You might need a root canal treatment if:
- The root cause of your tooth pain is severe decay caused by an untreated cavity.
- You experience a severe toothache when chewing food.
- There is prolonged pain in your teeth when exposed to heat/cold long after the source has been removed.
- You have darkened or discolored teeth.
- Your gums are swollen and tender.
- You suffer from gum disease.
- The dentin is exposed.
Remember, not every symptom indicates that you need to undergo a root canal procedure. While the above-mentioned signs may be an indication for a root canal treatment, it is always recommended to be concerned and seek expert assistance. You can call us at 978-607-0110 and fix an appointment to get yourself checked.
The treatment typically starts with a comprehensive assessment which includes an X-ray of the affected area. This helps in determining the severity and the extent to which the infection has spread so that your dentist can design a treatment plan that is specific to your case.
- The complete procedure is performed under the effect of local sedation which numbs the affected and the surrounding area.
- A rubber sheet is placed around the tooth to ensure that it remains dry and free of saliva.
- Once the tooth is prepared for the procedure, an access hole is drilled right upto the pulp tissue in the root area, after which the decayed nerves and the bacteria is removed.
- The treated tooth is finally flushed with a sterile solution. Clearing the tooth’s canal of diseases-causing bacteria and removing the infected and inflamed pulp is the core part of this procedure.
- Once this is done, the dentist seals the treated space using a temporary seal which is then permanently closed a week later.