Root Canal Therapy
The need for root canal therapy arises when teeth are damaged by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth and prevent extraction, the pulp, nerves, and bacteria have to be removed – leaving behind the shell of the tooth. The pulp is the living tissue inside of the tooth that gives it life. Having the pulp removed, along with the infection, and replacing it with dental materials allows the tooth to be saved and restored to its full function.
Although some people believe that removing the tooth is the best way to deal with the problem of an infected tooth, that is not always the case. Having the tooth extracted will only result in a more costly procedure such as a dental implant, whereas getting a root canal will avoid having to invest in an implant. Dentists will simply use the shell of your tooth as a natural implant.
Root canal therapy can be highly successful and can last a lifetime. However, if the restoration is not applied properly or the inner pulp cavity is not properly cleaned, patients may be vulnerable to reinfection and require retreatment. Depending on the condition of the tooth and smile as a whole, we may recommend extraction after failed root canal therapy to save the rest of the smile.
Signs and Symptoms
There are a number of indicators that can alert people that they may need root canal therapy sooner rather than later. Some of these signs and symptoms include:
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- An abscess or pimple on the gums
It’s important to note that some individuals don’t experience any symptoms. Even if you are not experiencing and pain or sensitivity, there is no reason to put off regular dental visits every six months. Seeking professional treatment can help identify dental health problems that you may not be aware of before they have the chance to damage your smile.
Root canal therapy is usually performed over two visits to Sycamore Creek Dental. During the first visit, the tooth will be numbed and a sheet of rubber, known as a rubber dam, will be placed around the affected tooth in order to keep it dry and saliva-free. Next, an opening is made on top of or behind the tooth in order to access the inside and allow for the removal of the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If there is any remaining tooth decay, your dentist will remove it.
Once the first step of the treatment is complete, the inside of the tooth is sterilized and filled with biocompatible material and composite filling. You’ll then return the following week to have a crown placed, which helps restore function and prevent recurrent infection.
The recovery period, although varying from patient to patient, often involves tooth sensitivity and inflammation. However, these symptoms are not permanent and will subside as the tooth heals.
Learn About Root Canal Treatment in Corona, CA
If you believe you’re in need of root canal therapy, contact Dr. Nguyen for a consultation at Sycamore Creek Dental. Seeking professional dental treatment will help put your mind at ease and restore your oral health in the process. Call us today to get started! Say goodbye to chipped or fractured teeth and hello to a beautiful smile! We’ll work closely with you in order to ensure you get the best treatment and results possible. Call us today to get started!