To understand endodontic therapy, referred to as root canal treatment, you have to consider the anatomy of a tooth. It consists of several layers. The outer layer, the enamel, protects an inner layer called dentin. On the inside of the dentin are pulp canals that make up the root canal system and that are rich in nerves and blood vessels.
The pulp canals are present on the inside of the entire tooth and supply the tooth with the nutrients that it needs. Sometimes, injury or inflammation can damage this pulp canal. Since the pulp canal is responsible for the supply of nutrients, the root of the tooth can die. If left untreated, the entire tooth can die as well.
The goal of a root canal procedure is to isolate the damage and prevent the tooth from dying.
One of the most significant problems with this condition is that some patients don’t experience any symptoms until it is too late. You may, however, experience some symptoms indicating inflammation or damage to the root of your tooth.
If you experience the following symptoms, contact your dentist immediately to determine if you need a root canal:
– Pain in one area of your mouth
– You are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures in a particular area
or on a specific tooth
– Pain when there is pressure on the tooth or in the morning
– Bumps on your gums near the affected area
– Your tooth starts to discolor or turn black
The first step is to determine if a root canal can treat the cause of your symptoms. A dentist usually takes an x-ray to find out what in what shape the root of your tooth is and to see if there are signs of infection in the surrounding bone. If the problem lies with the pulp canal, your dentist may recommend that you undergo the procedure immediately to save the tooth.
The first step is to numb the area near the tooth with local anesthesia. The dentist will then drill an access hole in the tooth. They will then remove all the pulp, decay, nerve tissue, and debris through this hole.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and washed out with sodium hypochlorite, the dentist will then seal the tooth. They may recommend that you wait a week before sealing the tooth to get rid of inflammation, but usually they will seal the tooth immediately.
Technology for root canal treatment has come a long ways and often times it is less painful then a common filling. Our dentists at Vellore Woods Dentistry take our time to ensure that you are comfortable every step of the way during treatment in our clinic.
After a successful root canal procedure, your tooth can function and feel like a normal and healthy tooth. After you have root canal treatment completed it will be recommend that you have a crown placed on the tooth, especially if inflammation weakened the tooth’s structure. Although this is unlikely, you may experience some pain for a week after the procedure. Your dentist will recommend the ideal time to consider having your tooth crowned.
A root canal procedure is a preventative measure to save your tooth when the root died due to infection of the pulp canal. You can help prevent inflammation in your gums by visiting your dentist at least twice per year and by flossing and brushing your teeth every day.
At Vellore Woods Dental, our team of dentists are highly experienced in carrying out endodontic therapy. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, feel free to contact us immediately and we will be happy to get you an appointment with us as soon as possible.