The branch of dentistry the concerns itself with root canal procedures is known as endodontics. This dental specialty involves dental pulp health. A root canal treatment is sometimes needed due to damage to the dental pulp that becomes infected or injured. Endodontists also perform procedures like pulpectomies and pulpotomies. The goal is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of injuries and diseases to the dental pulp.
What Leads to a Root Canal Treatment?
Certain forms of dental trauma can lead to a root canal. If your tooth becomes fractured or cracked, this can lead to nerve sensitivity and widen cracks that allow bacteria safe harbor within your tooth. This infection can eventually lead to a root canal treatment.
After examining your cracked tooth to ascertain the extent of the crack, its location and other factors, we begin restorative treatment. In the case of extensive cracks, we may discuss extraction with you and your replacement options.
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
The root canal is one of the most commonly performed types of dental treatments. Too many people will delay having a root canal because they fear the pain that they have heard it causes. Actually, damage to a tooth left untreated is much more serious than a root canal.
The root canal treatment itself normally takes place in one visit. After we completely examine you, we will numb the treatment area. We then clear out debris and bacteria and seal the area to guard against future decay or damage.
How Can a Root Canal Save My Tooth?
The roots of your teeth are somewhat like pipes in that they are hollow inside. The blood supply and nerves are located inside this hollow area. If there is an infection inside the tooth, it can lead to inflammation or infection. A root canal procedure allows us entry into these canals so that we can clean and disinfect the area to prevent further problems. Properly performed, a root canal procedure will save your tooth and maintain its health.
How Long is the Treatment?
In most cases, we can complete your root canal treatment in under an hour. Most root canal treatments only require one visit unless you require a follow-up appointment.
After Your Root Canal
You will typically be prescribed an over-the-counter pain reliever that should be enough to deal with any discomfort that you are dealing with. You can help by chewing only on the other side of your mouth for the first couple of days.