What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment dentists use to remove the tooth’s pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth that has blood vessels and nerves) and replace it with a special filling. Root canals are performed on abscessed (broken) teeth, in an attempt to save the tooth and prevent bone loss.
Signs You May Need an Emergency Root Canal
Broken Tooth | If a break is bad enough, it’s possible you will need a root canal before a crown can be secured.
Knocked Out Tooth | When you lose a tooth, the nerves and blood vessels are damaged. In order to save the tooth, a root canal will be needed.
Infected Tooth | If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain, your tooth may be infected. If it is, a root canal may be needed. Other signs of infection include: blisters on gums, a bad taste in your mouth, throbbing tooth pain, swelling of your face/jaw, fever, and a large cavity.
How Does it Work?
Before a root canal is done, we will examine your mouth to diagnose the problem and make sure root canal therapy is the best treatment option. Once we decide to do the root canal, our endodontist will:
Isolate the tooth | The first step is to isolate the tooth by placing a rubber dam. This will help lower the chance of contamination from contact with other teeth.
Drill an access cavity | With a dental drill, we can create an access way to the pulp of your tooth.
Measure the tooth’s length | It’s important to be exact in the amount of the tooth that we treat. In order to do this, your endodontist need to measure the length of the tooth’s root canal.
Remove the pulp | At this point we will not only remove the tooth’s pulp, but also clean and shape the tooth. This means taking out the nerves, both alive and dead, cleaning the tooth of bacteria, toxins, and debris, and finally shaping the tooth in preparation for the filling.
Sealing | To seal the tooth means to fill the hollow interior, where the pulp once was.
Temporary filling | This protects the work that has been done and closes the access cavity.
Return visit | A tooth restoration is needed once your root canal is completed. We will discuss your options and set the appointment for your next procedure.
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