Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is often recommended when a tooth’s interior becomes infected. This treatment can relieve pain and save a tooth from extraction.
Inside every tooth in your mouth is a soft living tissue known as the pulp which contains the tooth's nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. This material extends down to the jawbone. Normally, the pulp is protected by the hard enamel, but if it becomes exposed from a deep cavity or other injuries, it can become infected which is very painful and can lead to tooth loss. Root canal treatment can relieve the pain and save the tooth.
During a root canal treatment, the tooth’s inner pulp is removed and replaced with medicated fillings. These fillings promote healing and provide structure and strength for the tooth. Much of the tooth’s original structure will be left intact.
Some signs of an infection in the pulp include:
Before providing root canal treatment, we will take X-rays of the tooth to determine the extent of the damage. A local anesthetic is usually used to numb the area. Be sure to ask about other sedation options as well.
We will place a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep the tooth dry and to prevent the infection from spreading.
During the root canal treatment, we will use dental tools to access the inside of the tooth from the top. We will then clean out any infected material and decay. Once the inside of the tooth is clean, an antimicrobial liquid is used to flush out the root canals and remove harmful materials down to the tooth’s root. We will then use medicated fillings to seal off the tooth and provide strength. Finally, we will place a dental crown over the top of the tooth to protect it future damage. Once healed, the tooth can be used normally.
Plantation Dental uses the latest techniques in dental sedation, and we will work to make sure that you are completely comfortable during the process. If you believe you are suffering from a root canal infection, then call Plantation Dental today for an evaluation. You can reach our friendly team at (954) 210-4520.